As I got older and started having children and reading more and more about the dangers of chemical exposure in children and adults, I became more concerned with store bought products. I still had some of those articles my Dad had given me years before and pulled them out and started making some of my own cleaners. I will have to admit that some didn't work so great, and I would just use them in between.
When the opportunity to review The Organically Clean Home: 150 Everyday Organic Cleaning Products You Can Make Yourself--The Natural, Chemical-Free Way came up, I was eager to see their "recipes" for truly green products. I figured I might get some new ideas and ideas to improve what I was already doing. And I did!
This book covers so much more than I imagined! It truly gives you simple, feasible ways to eliminate all toxic cleaners from your household. The book is well organized and covers the reasons for using organic cleaning products, including keeping toxins out of your home, saving money, cutting down on what goes to the landfill and allergy or asthma sufferer in the home. It contains cleaning tips and routines as well as weekly and monthly rotating checklists to help you be organized. I especially like chapter 2, Build Your Cleaning Kit. This chapter outlines what you need to get started and has not only ingredients for the cleaners, but suggestions for cleaning tools. The ingredient list is pretty basic. Most everything could be picked up at the grocery store with the exception of some of the essential oils (do not mistake essential oils with fragrance oils--there is a difference). You can definitely find these online at Amazon.com as well as probably health food or bath stores. The author lists out the benefits of different essential oils, too.
Chapters are broken up into recipes for the kitchen, bathrooms, laundry, bedroom and living spaces, floors, nursery and playroom, and garage/basement/garden. For those of you on the metric system, the book also contains a metric conversion chart.
I had been using a homemade dishwasher detergent recipe and had noticed I was getting water spots on my dishes as I have very hard water. The author had a solution for this in her recipe--add Epsom salts as it will soften the water. Awesome!
This is a great book to have around. Yes, I know you can search the internet for different cleaning recipes, but this book has it all in one place. Not to mention, she has things you may never have thought about making yourself. And for just $11.99 (paperback) or $9.95 (Kindle) on Amazon, it is worth every penny, especially with all the money you will save from not buying chemical cleaners!
Disclosure: I received a copy of The Organically Clean Home to facilitate this review. I was not compensated for this review. Links in this post may contain affiliate links.