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Homemade Cleaners

Toxic chemicals are found in almost all commercial cleaners--the very products people buy to make their homes hygienic and healthy. The recipes in "Homemade Cleaners" use common, affordable ingredients that not only get every room in the house sparkling and germ-free but are also safe for families and the environment.
The green cleaners in this invaluable guide are all that is needed to keep a purified home without using harsh chemicals that can cause everything from skin irritation to central nervous system damage. Using nontoxic materials like vinegar, baking soda, and even vodka, "Homemade Cleaners" focuses on every floor, wall, window, and appliance, and includes methods for absorbing odors, information on air-purifying plants, a primer on basic chemistry, a checklist of essential supplies, and tips for cutting down on waste.
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Introduction What is Clean? Green Washing How Safe Are Your Cleaning Supplies? * Labels * Categories * Health Effects Why use Green Cleaning? Getting Started * Just the Facts: Dispelling Myths * Basic Chemistry * Soap vs. Detergent * Basic Supplies * Essential Oils Surface Cleaning All Purpose Cleaning Counters: From Kitchen to Bathrooms Mirrors and Glass Flooring Tubs, Tile, and Toilets Walls Furniture Appliances Electronics Laundry Clean Air Air Pollution from Household Cleaners Commercial Air Fresheners Preventing Odors Absorbing Odors Dealing with Heavy Odors Airing Out Plants that Purify Top House Plants for Cleaner Air Herbs that Clean Essential Oils Extracts Potpourri and Sachets Outdoor Living Reusables Paper Production and Impact Cutting Down Replacements Plastics Components and Effects On the Go Common Chemicals Found in Commercial Household Products Resources Index

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About the Author

Mandy O'Brien is a biologist turned stay-at-home mom, with an additional degree in environmental studies and graduate studies in ecology. An advocate of human rights and consensual living, she is working toward a more sustainable, simple-living lifestyle. Mandy is married to her college sweetheart and is mother to five fantastic children. She lives in Independence, MO. Dionna Ford is a lawyer turned work-at-home mama. You can normally find Dionna over at Code Name: Mama where she shares information, resources, and her thoughts on natural parenting and more. Dionna also cofounded two other websites for parents, the Natural Parents Network and She lives in Independence, MO.


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