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Clean and Green: The Complete Guide to Non-Toxic and Environmentally Safe Housekeeping Paperback – January, 1994
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For those concerned about the environment, and the growing population with chemical sensitivities, Annie Berthold-Bond has the solution - actually 500 of them - in her book Clean & Green. Using her thoroughly researched and personally tested formulas for easy-to-make, nontoxic and nonpolluting household cleaning aids, it is possible to eliminate the health hazards of standard commercial products. -- Ontario's Common Ground Magazine, Spring 1993
In a remarkably easy-to-use format, Berthold-Bond tells how to clean effectively using simple, natural ingredients such a baking soda, Borax, lemon juice, vegetable oil and vinegar. She makes a convincing argument that cleaning with natural products can be handier, cheaper and just as effective as the alternative. -- Home, March 1991
It is a gold mine of ideas for cleaning everything imaginable. -- Natural Health, March/April 1994
The result of her years of experimentation is not only an encyclopedia for environmental cleanliness, but also a laundry list of solutions of solutions for everyday puzzlers. -- Garbage Magazine, March/April 1991
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I was a little lost in the vast forest of different ways to clean everything. Also, there are no detailed instructions on just how to mix together the ingredients. As Karen Noonan Logan points out in "Clean House, Clean Planet," there are times (especially when mixing baking soda and vinegar) when you must put the ingredients in a specific order for the cleanser to work.
Don't get me wrong, this *is* a very good book! Chemically sensitive people and those who already make their own cleansers will find it a valuable source. But, for the beginner, it would probably be better to get "Clean House, Clean Planet" first because it has detailed instructions, some chemistry lessons and effectiveness ratings.
After you become more familiar with how green cleaning works, this book would be an excellent addition for more recipes and ideas.
My third choice of the three I purchased. The author uses borax, zeolite, kitty litter, alum, and washing soda not chemicals of choice to use in standard household cleaners. The only one of these are used in the others is washing soda in laundry soap. It is not an easy read not due to content but font choice and the way the recipes are presented. A Little short on instruction and technique. There are tons of them however 485 aprox recipes or suggestions, she numbers them. All this on only 161 pages!! It is a good book to have but the other two would be a better choice to get started. I rated Clean Home Clean Planet first choice and Naturally Clean Home second above this one.
This small book tends to be overwhelming in its amount of information and sometimes the recipes can be hard to find when you're in a hurry and looking for a particular item. But all in all, like her other book "Better Basics For The Home", it is a gem that would be a wonderful addition to anyone's green clean library.
Unfortunately, the house has REALLY hard water, and the miracle borax toilet bowl cleaner Annie recommended didn't work for us. I agree with another reviewer who said that the book is overwhelming. I tended to just use it as guidelines for making my own imprecise cleaners (almost entirely with borax, water, vinegar, baking soda, Dr. Bronners, and tea tree oil). I didn't try any of the metal cleaners (besides baking soda on the hard water stains in the sink).
This book was a great introduction to some very useful products (i.e. zeolite) and explained the different properties of each. It helped me create my own "green" cleaning supply.
It was almost too much information and didn't get into enough directions on individual uses while offering way too many choices. However, the basics were there and getting a start with many of the cleansers is easy.
Ridding our homes of environmental toxins is extremely important and this book helped me out tremendously.
Andrew Keith, author of, Aging Is NOT An Option!
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This book is a gem! I didn't buy it on Amazon, but I felt that I must write a review, the book is that good. Seriously. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Terri Moran
Excellent, creative recommendations to keep petrochemicals out of your home, cleaning fluids, soaps, cosmetics, etc. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jim
Love this book! If you make your own laundry detergent, pick this up and make everything else for home cleaning too. Has saved me tons of money.Published 8 months ago by KVIHVTVKE
I great go to book if you want to join me in going green while cleaning your home. Make solutions for just pennies. Most of the products are already in your home. Read morePublished 9 months ago by michigan
Good practical tips for cutting back on chemicals but still maintaining a clean housePublished 11 months ago by Cindy Lyles
Just bought my 3rd copy for gift giving to two practical and green daughters.Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very handy reference. I already had on & ordered for family members.Published 12 months ago by LindaE
Many very useful and practical green cleaning solutions here which are easy and inexpensive to make.Published 20 months ago by B. Fragale