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The Complete Guide to Eco-Friendly House Cleaning: Everything You Need to Know Explained Simply (Back to Basics Conserving) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- Print Length : 312 pages
- ASIN : B0047BJ5MC
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Publication Date : March 3, 2010
- Publisher : Atlantic Publishing Group Inc. (March 3, 2010)
- File Size : 3322 KB
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- Language: : English
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- Best Sellers Rank: #2,116,050 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Chapters 3 and 4 cover companies and products that are considered green and not harmful to your or your family's health. She gives a short history on companies such as Method (started by two men who were roomies at Stanford), Biokleen , Mrs. Myer's Clean Day, and Shaklee Products and then list the products they make that would make the green list. I liked it when Ms. Kocsis included her own experience with a product such as the Wash-It Laundry Ball and Simple Green. By including this personal information, it made it feel that she really did research these products and is giving a very informed opinion at them.
Then came my favorite part of the book: the recipes! Did you know you can make furniture polish out of vinegar and olive oil? How about pesticides with garlic and hot sauce? It is amazing how much of the cleaning products we purchase for our homes we can make from basic ingredients around the house. I have already tried the wood floor polish (2 cups of olive oil and 2 cups of vinegar mixed) and toilet bowl cleaner (vinegar followed by baking soda) with good results. The rest of the book breaks down room by room and how to clean it from top to bottom, even the outdoors!
This book is well researched and I really liked the way the author put in her experiences throughout the book. I know that I will keep it handy so that I can refer back to it when I need to clean or polish something. My only disappointment was that the index did not list the page numbers for the recipes in the book. When I was ready to try the wood floor cleaner, I went to the index to quickly locate the page it was on, but it wasn't listed. So I had to go and page through the book to find it.
The author provides a newbee with much needed information. For example, she covers taking inventory what you have that is chemical based and must be replaced. But, there is more; Kocsis starts with de-cluttering the home and getting rid of items that serve no purpose. Some of the questions she asks are: Is this item something I really need?; How often do I use it?; If I do not need it, what are my options for getting rid of it? And, she does give options: Give it away; Repurpose it; Recycle it; or, Trash it.
Kocsis suggests working top to bottom. Areas she covers are air quality, identifying biological contaminants, using proper ventilation and freshening air naturally, lighting, and, uninvited indoor pests. She gives alternatives of prevention and coexistence. She covers areas such as kitchen, bathroom, laundry room and the rest of the house. She also covers eco-friendly pet care.
Aside from an extensive list of alternatives to chemicals for cleaning and stain removal, Kocsis gives instructions and combinations of household items than can be used and most effective.
There is certainly nothing complicated about this book. The writing is simple and concise. The alternatives are taking us back to basics while restoring our environment. If you aren't sure where and how to start, this book is for you.
As a personal touch which I liked, she covers why she was motivated to write this book. Her friends and family were often dealing with asthma, colds, headaches from the chemicals used in cleaning. So it was not just for the environment that the author wanted to cover for cleaning, but for health reasons as well. She even lists her two goals for her readers: identifying possible toxic substances in the home and providing alternate solutions to cleaning. Not only does she list dangers of cleaning solutions, she even covers equipment and methods of cleaning.
Here's an example of how she sections off her subject in the book: In her section for laundry, starting on page 208, she outlines with a list of chemicals to avoid in detergents, stain removers, i.e., then provides greener tips for washing. She also covers how to clean the laundry room as well, leaving nothing out.
The author provides thorough explanations of several types of eco-friendly products to use. She also lists recipes for making safer, cheaper household cleaners, proving you don't have to pay more for enviromentally safe cleaners.The book does cover a wide variety of subjects from laundry to car cleaning.
I would take notice of some eco-friendly ommissions such as using salt to kill fleas while vacuuming and that she did not cover the new eco-friendly kitty litter sold on the market these days. The homemade kitty litter recipe was creative and something I had never seen, but with natural materials people can easily buy, is it worth it to make time-consuming kitty litter? I noticed that she lists chemicals to avoid (like detergents in one chapter and floor cleaners in another), and often repeats the same chemicals and even their descriptions on the list for several chapters. Readers may find this too repetitive. What I would have loved is a much easier reference (charts? tabs?) to look back on certain subjects.
Nevertheless, I would definitely recommend this book, for it is a mostly easy-to-read publication and that there are so few publications out there devoted to green cleaning.