When I read non-fiction, I tend to go for books on the intellectually challenging side. But sometimes, you need something practical. Cookbooks come to mind. Cookbooks, and this amazingly comprehensive guide to creating The Naturally Clean Home.
If you’re like me, you’ve been frustrated when you buy many of the natural, non-toxic housecleaning products available at the supermarket. They simply fail to get the dishes clean, or leave streaks in your glass, or only spread carpet stains around instead of actually getting them up. It’s as if some mysterious “they” want us to believe that we either have to use chemicals or live in an unclean home.
I have news for you. It’s not true!
The Naturally Clean Home is full of easy to make recipes (with easy to find ingredients) to do just about every imaginable cleaning job in and around your home:
- carpet shampoo
- laundry detergent
- tarnish remover
- wood polish & cleaner
- oven cleaner
- and more!
The book includes a shopping list of things you’ll want to keep on hand — the ingredients from which virtually every recipe is concocted. They’re all easy to find and readily available.
I have never been more grateful for a homemaking book. Seriously, folks. Not only do these cleaners kick butt while remaining completely non-toxic (often exceeding their chemical store-bought counterparts in performance), but the book is full of methods and how-to. In other words, it tells you how to clean and do the job in a way that takes care of your possessions.
I can, with confidence, let my boys help me clean because I don’t have to worry about toxic chemical cleaners.
I can also know that I eased my “toxic load” and am being kind to my liver.
This book also makes quite a lovely gift. It’s purse-sized, made with attractive paper, and has a visually-appealing design.
Perhaps its only downside is how lavish it is with essential oils. Those things tend to be pricey. While I understand the purpose of the oils (many of them make great cleaners, and they often help the cleaner have a soothing scent), I wonder if so much of them is necessary. Granted, she’s only generally calling for anywhere between 5 to 30 drops of an essential oil in any given recipe. Nevertheless, in my attempts to be frugal I’ve sometimes cut down on the amount of essential oils called for in a cleaner. That said, I’ve still NEVER been disappointed by a recipe.
So, if you’re like me, and you’ve been in search of quality recipes for eco-friendly household cleaners, then check out this book. (It’s less than $8 right now on Amazon! Really not that bad at all.)