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The Naturally Clean Home: 100 Safe and Easy Herbal Formulas for Non-Toxic Cleansers Paperback – December 1, 1999
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From the Back Cover
Did you know that the air in your home might have chemical contamination levels 70 times greater than outdoor air? And the culprits are lurking right under your kitchen sink. It's time to clean up your act!
Learn how easy it is to make your own safe, nontoxic, effective alternatives to commercial cleaning products by combining the antibacterial and antiseptic properties of herbs and essential oils with other natural ingredients such as baking soda, vinegar, borax, and lemon juice. The Naturally Clean Home includes tips and formulas for freshening every room in the house:
--Wash the dishes with eucalyptus
--Restore the rug with rosemary
--Soften fabrics with lemon
--Clean the oven with orange
--Scrub the sink with lavender
--Polish wood with raspberry leaves
--Flush the toilet clean with tea tree oil
--Wax the car with beeswax
About the Author
Karyn Siegel-Maier is a health writer, the mother of three, and the author of The Naturally Clean Home. She contributes articles about herbal health and alternative medicine to magazines including Natural Living Today and Mother Earth News.
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I just bought my first home and there were things needing immediate cleaning, so I combed thru each chapter and copied down about 8 recipies, made a list of supplies, and between tue products and containers to mix/store them I've spent $200.
Mind you, this is in pqrt becquse I went to Whole Foods immediately rather than researching the best price online and waiting for ship time...either way I figure with the amount of oil I have I won't need to buy anything for a very long time, and each oil is at least 10 bucks each.
Mixing was easy, not rocket science, and it took maybe 30 minutes to get 3 recipies done. I have yet to use these regularly to see if they really do work, but will post more once I've done so. I did cross reference the claims like tea tree oil being antiviral, and so far, on paper, everything checks out...
With just a couple of essential oils, and few other ingredients, you can have what you need to clean just about the entire home without breaking the bank. It's important to note that essential oils have different uses and functions and while it looks like the recipes are repetitious, they're not when you look closely at what essential oils are used and why.
Although since both "Clean House, Clean Planet" and "The Naturally Clean Home" were written, there are more green choices available commercially, they can be admittedly pricey. These homemade recipes are a wonderful, cost-effective alternative to what's out there and certainly result in products that you can make easily with what's on hand without having to run out and buy expensive commercial products whenever you run out of a product.
I recommend this book highly, along with "Clean House, Clean Planet", as a wonderful addition to anyone's "Green Clean" library of references.
The recipes are pretty straightforward although "Clean House, Clean Planet" has better instructions as far as how to properly mix ingredients to get the right results and what containers will work best.
The book touches on everything from kitchen, bath, laundry, wood care, walls & carpeting, cleaning metals, cleaning the air, car cleaning, garage & basement. Absolutely full of recipes for all different areas of the home. The author gives a few recipes for each area. Some criticized that the recipes are repeats, but really it helps someone have options and to personalize the products to fit them better.
The ingredients are all simple & easy to obtain: baking soda, vinegar, essential oils (found on internet or in health food stores) castile liquid soap, certain herbs, borax, lemon juice.
The one recipe that I was absolutely amazed with was the rust remover. We are selling our home and had rust on our patio where there had been a metal plant stand. I used the recipe & in a few moments I scrubbed away the rust!!!
For people who are also interested in making their own face and body care products, Better Basics for the Home by Annie Berthold-Bond and Rosemary Gladstar's Herbs for Natural Beauty are also wonderful.
One hint: Several of the recipes use baking soda, which can leave a residue. I've found that it rinses off very cleanly if you use a combination of water and white vinegar to rinse after cleaning.
Ms. Siegel-Maier organizes her recipes well. Explains what works and why. And gives you a great overview of the properties of each essential oil so you can create your own effective cleaning products. I love mixing different scents to create my own special laundry detergent that smells and works great. I'm also saving a lot of money!