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The Naturally Clean Home: 121 Safe and Easy Herbal Formulas for Nontoxic Cleansersby Karyn Siegel Maier
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Save money...Save your health...Save the planet...With natural cleaning power!
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
You don't need to pay a fortune for expensive "green" commercial cleaning products. It's easy and inexpensive to mix up effective, nontoxic alternatives using basic kitchen staples — baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice, herbs, and borax — plus a handful of easy-to-find essential oils. Karyn Siegel-Maier offers 150 all-natural recipes for cleaning everything in your home — from bathrooms to bedding, carpets to cabinetry. The formulas are so simple that anyone can make them, but they are at least as effective as the commercial options. Try making your own Rosemary-Geranium Floor Wipes for electrostatic floor mops, Weekend Warrior Wicker Wash, Telephone Dirty Talk Tamer, Clear the Air Room Spritzer, or Lavender Lift Automatic Dishwasher Soap.
Readers will learn how to use the antiseptic and antiviral properties of herbs and essential oils in safer, more economical alternatives to commercial cleaning products. Recipes include laundry and dishwashing detergent; bathroom cleaners; wood, glass, and metal cleaners; air and carpet fresheners; car and pet care products; and insect repellents.
About the Author
Author Karyn Siegel-Maier is an herbal researcher and writer for many newspapers and national magazines, including Natural Living Today, Better Nutrition, and Let's Live. She has written the Storey book The Naturally Clean Home, a guide to making safe and effective alternatives to commercial cleansing products. This mother of three has also written 50 Simple Ways to Pamper Your Baby, a book that includes hundreds of tips and recipes for a happy baby. Karyn lives in New York.
Table of Contents
Clean and Let Live
Why Clean with Herbs?
Walls and Carpeting
Clearing the Air
The Garage and Basement
What Our Readers Are Saying
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