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Clean House Clean Planet Paperback – April 1, 1997
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How many times have you said you're killing yourself trying to keep your house clean? You might have been joking, but you're closer to the truth than you think if you're using expensive commercial cleansers. Karen Logan, an environmentalist with years of experience developing and selling her own line of eco-friendly cleaning products, reveals the secret of using simple, ordinary ingredients life baking soda, vinegar, soap, lemon juice, and salt to make safe, inexpensive cleaners.
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Karen Logan is an environmentalist. She is the author of Clean House, Clean Planet.
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First, the entire thing comes off as preachy. There are some places that look like she's saying "I've got all this knowledge and I have a duty to preach about it to all the little people." For instance, she wrote, "Intelligence and ethics often go hand in hand," when she's writing about buying plastic containers for the recipes. Huh? What does that have to do with buying recycled containers? More importantly, why am I BUYING recycled containers (these specific brands by specific sellers) when I can scrub out one of the old commercial containers I'm no longer using?
This brings me to complaint #2: the frequent advertisements for not only her own company but corporate giants (i.e. she writes, "You can find the ECOLogical all-purpose sprayer...at any Target store.."). I understand that she's likely trying to help the reader navigate the new world of household Green cleaning as easily and hurdle-free as possible. But to continually drop names and companies who create things that I HAVE to buy is irritating. I really need THIS squirt bottle from THIS particular store? If "intelligence and ethics" really do "go hand in hand," shouldn't she assume her reader is smart enough to find their own silly squirt bottles without her direction?
Those two major complaints aside (and believe me, they're so frequent that I set this book down many times in irritation), I do think she has great ideas and methods to get rid of commercial household chemicals. To anyone new to Green living, it's a decent intro to the area with basic instructions on how to mix and store and use these green recipes...but I would say to get it from a library.
The book was fun and interesting to read. It's amazing that commercial cleansers don't have to list all of their ingredients. I also appreciated the author's honesty--pointing out things that are suspected and not proven, and even rating how well her cleaners work when compared to those you buy at the store. I agree with other reviewers that the recipes could have been laid out differently and can be hard to go back and find.
The recipes are very easy to put together and use ingredients that are easy to find. They also work!! Who knew that vinegar and water in a spray bottle would make cleaning the bathroom floors a million times easier and more pleasant. Or that baking soda would make my sinks sparkle. I've truly enjoyed reading the book and using the author's recipes.
Update (1/28/07): It's been nearly two years since I wrote my original review and I wanted to add that I'm still using the recipies, and love them more than ever!