We use natural house cleaners in our home because of the effects that chemical cleaners have on the environment, our skin, and lungs. I had thought about making my own cleaners, but never got around to it. I was contacted to read the book "Homemade Cleaners: Quick-and-Easy, Toxic-Free Recipes" written by Mandy O'Brien and Dionna Ford, and right away I felt inspired to put together replacements for everything that we use around the house.
"You do not need to overhaul your entire life in one day. By using ingredients you already have at home and replacing one commercial product at a time, you can make many easy, all-natural recipes that will mean a healthier you." Regardless of whether people live with children and/or pets, we should all use products that are safe.
"Homemade Cleaners: Quick-and-Easy, Toxic-Free Recipes" begins with the question, "Do you know that the companies that manufacture cleaning products for household and commercial use are not obligated to list the ingredients in their products?" Many of these chemical ingredients that are so harmful are included in the book with details about each - carcinogens, endocrine disruptors, neurotoxins, and VOC's. In the book, "Green-washing" - how companies fool consumers into buying "green" products (that aren't really green) - and the myths around non-toxic and green cleaning, are discussed.
Ingredient lists are given - many items may already be in the home ie. baking soda, lemon juice, white vinegar, soap, hydrogen peroxide, etc. Then the recipes cover many types of sprays and solutions for every room in the house. All surfaces are covered, floors, sinks and counters, glass and mirror, upholstery, and more. They also talk about how to be chemically free with laundry and how to clean mattresses. In addition, there is a chapter dedicated to Naturally Healthy Yards, and one to Bug Sprays. No aspect of the home is left out, and the book ends talking about ways to Reduce & Reuse at home.
I like that the Authors have included a chapter For Parents with precautions around storing cleaning products out of reach of children, and recipes for cleaning up messes that only kids could create. (Sticker removal...permanent marker & crayon removal...gum removal....) I recommend "Homemade Cleaners: Quick-and-Easy, Toxic-Free Recipes" to anyone who wants to learn more about true green cleaning.
I received a copy of "Homemade Cleaners: Quick-and-Easy, Toxic-Free Recipes" for my review. All opinions and reviews expressed are my own.