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Squeaky Green: The Method Guide to Detoxing Your Home Spiral-bound – Bargain Price, April 1, 2008

4.1 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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Chemical engineer Adam Lowry and marketing guru Eric Ryan are the founders of Method, the innovative manufacturer of consumer goods sold in over 25,000 retail locations in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. They live in San Francisco with their families.
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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 158 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811863913
  • ASIN: B0030ILWDI
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,225,196 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book looks lightweight but it gave me a lot of info in stylish, tabbed sections with good photography and witty asides. Even if you are already an eco-consumer, chances are each section will have one or two new facts. For instance in the Bedroom section, I learned about PBDE-free mattresses and the hidden danger in wrinkle free sheets. In Laundry rooms I learned specifics about dry cleaning solvent and in Bathrooms I gleaned insights about some organic product loopholes and another name for pesticide in toothpaste. There are great tidbits in every chapter and while the authors take the subject seriously, the book has a fun presentation that leaves a reader feeling like it is easy to make some important changes.
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Oh no! Not another book by eco- nuts who think they have a monopoly on the word green! Nope. When I first purchased Method products, I did so for their clean, simple, tasteful design. I'm not suprised they turned out to be non-toxic and organic, however, because as with Apple computers, with Method, less is more. The majority of industry seems not to believe so, however, in either software or soap, resulting in more (that) is less.
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.
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Mom gave me this book some time ago, and it's taken up space on my shelf. I have a degree in environmental sciences (admittedly heavy on chemistry and geology, as those interest me more than biology and physics, the other components of my degree), but no one knows everything, and I've even read (and then done research to verify) women's magazines that have had the odd helpful environmental/health tip, so I kept it around thinking one day I'd eventually look something up or chuck it.

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.
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There wasn't much in this book that I didn't know already. It also isn't helpful in an already established household as there is a lot of info on buying flooring, furniture and paint. The book is also quick to point out what cleaners are bad to use, but basically gives the advice of "don't use bad cleaners, use good cleaners instead". Not helpful.
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This book simultaneously made me (1) want to compulsively clean and (2) afraid of cleaning! It could have been a huge advertisement for Method products, but I don't think the book came across that way at all. The book was not as preachy as similar books, which I appreciated.
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In such an overwhelming selfish society, you'd think that a home "detox" book by a green cleaning products company would be, well, all about their products.

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.
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