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Squeaky Green: The Method Guide to Detoxing Your Home Spiral-bound – April 1, 2008
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I gave this five stars after first leafing through a lot of it in a store that doesn't follow the Method manner at all. Then I ordered it from Amazon. A huge plus is the flip- book, loose leaf, graphics-packed format, although that has a predictable downside. While the ideas in this book range all throughout the house, they necessarily focus in certain areas, those taken from the sources and studies named in the back (which allows readers to track them down). It would take a review as long as this book to mention everything in it, so I'll merely hit a few points.
The authors pinpoint problems in the home related to cleaning, and then give a few suggestions. The obvious one, which they resist saying outright, is switch to Method products. A strength of this book is that each chapter ends with a brief checklist, and one can make a change in five minutes. It's a bit more difficult to throw away a bottle than to simply litter, but not much harder to recycle it. A small difference over time, or made by a lot of people, equals a big change. This book arms the reader to make such decisions.
How? Often by just reading the label of a product. The authors list what they consider to be bad ingredients and why. Nearly always this depends on the studies listed in the back, so the lists are uneven.Read more ›
Today is that day. I'm doing both.
I'm renting a new place with particularly stubborn tub dirt, but the air quality in here is already suspect, and I didn't just want to fumigate myself every time I worked on the stubborn tub. Vodka, vinegar, bleach, and traditional cleaners were striking out for me, so I grabbed the book to see if it had any bright ideas.
It has none. I mean, absolutely none.
The title says "Squeaky Green." I thought that this was obviously a book of do's, don'ts, and how-tos. One out of three isn't so hot: this book contains only "don't."
Watch for triclosan in your toothpaste, don't use traditional commercial cleaners, and go buy natural alternatives is all the book suggests. No mention of vinegar, no baking soda, no elbow grease, hardly a single cleaning tip to be found. (I found ONE: hang a sprig of eucalyptus in your shower to un-gunk your sinuses in the morning. Thanks?) I flipped to the cover to confirm that I had the right book in hand. "Method: 100% good stuff," the seal claims. "The method guide to detoxing your home."
The Method method, unsurprisingly, appears to involve purchasing 'green' cleaners for anything that ails your home.Read more ›
Pleasantly surprising, Squeaky Green: The Method Guide to Detoxing Your Home by Method founders Eric Ryan and Adam Lowry, is an enlightening overview of the dirty corners in every room in our homes - and how to clean them without making yourself sick.
The Method book is arranged by room and is quite easy to read. Whether you read it cover-to-cover or flip right to the area in question, Squeaky Green is a priceless guide to sustainable home basics. A cute feature of the book is the "Dirty Little Secret" tips sprinkled throughout its pages - they help you "identify stuff that's just plain nasty."Carpets, paints, non-stick cooking pan coatings, air fresheners, plastic kids and pet toy; they all have questionable contents that any good consumer should know about.
One of my first introductions to the world of modern eco-living was via Method's products at a Target store in southern Connecticut. Since then, I've launched a sustainable writing career that has changed my life and those around me for the better. So thank you Method - you'll always have a place in my heart and on my bookshelf.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It arrived on time and very good shape. It is a very informative book, I have learned alot that I did not even know. Thank youPublished on June 6, 2013 by Rhoda Fry
Great little book filled with wisdom and easy to apply steps! For all those who wish to live long and minimize the impact of chemicals in our home on our health. Read morePublished on October 25, 2011 by Diane B. - Toronto, ON
I bought this book because I already love Method products, and I want to know the history behind such a reputable company. Read morePublished on June 4, 2010 by D
Simple review: I love Method products because they use biodegradable, non-toxic products that not only smell good, but also WORKS and doesn't give me a rash or make my skin react... Read morePublished on March 12, 2009 by L. Tomoyasu
This book is a well organized, easy to read introduction to green cleaning and living. It was not designed to be an encyclopedic guide to green living. Read morePublished on February 23, 2009 by M. L. Firm
I LOVED this book, couldn't put it down. Very easy to read and understand and funny too. Lots of "green" tips for you, the family and the home. Read morePublished on September 10, 2008 by momofthree