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Green Clean: The Environmentally Sound Guide to Cleaning Your Home by Linda Mason Hunter

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Pros: Washable, Recyclable, Good Info

Cons: Some less than green advice

This was actually the very first green cleaning book I bought.  I caught on to the idea of removing toxins from the home (or what I could) and whipped down to my local Chapter's.  This was the first book that caught my eye and opened them wide.  Lots of great information on why to go green with cleaning.  Tons of Resources and recommendations for products.  Of course there is a bit of a downside, the author does recommend some less than green techniques like using ACETONE nail polish remover for stains....umm green "no", toxic fumes "yes"....kind of confusing there.

 

Overall great book for beginners, and for people who are feeling a bit overwhelmed when going green it really promotes easing into it by making small but, important changes one at a time.

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Pros: water proof

I really like how the book looks and feels. It is the first book I've read that is not made of paper but of polypropylene. So, not only is it not made of trees, it is recyclable! The graphics are also hip and attractive, which makes the book stand out in the saturated market of books on green living.

 

Now about the content: I would say that it is a fascinating read, if that kind of thing turns you on (reading about cleaning I mean). The book provides all the reasons for going green in your cleaning routine and even provides VERY detailed ideas and instructions on tackling every area of the home. She even provides checklists for daily or weekly tasks. I do find that some of it applies only to full-time housekeepers or obsessive types though. Who washes their walls every week??? (I'd really like to know actually) There are only a few simple recipes in the book, so it is not the best book out there if you are already into green cleaning and make your own cleaners. I see how it would be useful to someone just starting though. There were also a couple of things that made me cringe, like her recommendation to dispose of prescription medicines by flushing them! She recommends the same for hardened nail polish (I would really like to know how that would work), which makes me suspect that it's a typo. Otherwise, she is the only person out there who hasn't heard of the issue of prescription medicines in the waterways. I was going to buy this, but I think I'll just stick to what I know.

Green Clean: The Environmentally Sound Guide to Cleaning Your Home by Linda Mason Hunter
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There is a revolution going on in America—a green revolution. The latest front is the home, as households across the country adopt new ways to keep their homes clean and healthy—and ways to do it that are good for the environment. Green Clean is the definitive, step-by-step guide to cleaning better while using nontoxic, ecofriendly products. Room by room and stain by stain, Green Clean breaks environmentally conscious cleaning into simple principles and easily mastered techniques that let readers set their own goals and develop their own cleaning plan. Also included are recipes for safe, simple, and economic cleaning solutions and the lowdown on the best eco-friendly cleaning products on the market today. Green Clean is an indispensable reference for today’s home. About the Author Linda Mason Hunter, formerly an editor with The Des Moines Register and Rodale Press, has authored several books, including The Healthy Home, which the New York Times dubbed "a sort of Whole Earth Catalog for the home." She is the founder of Healthy Home Designs, co-founder of GreenHome.com, and is currently working on a new edition of The Healthy Home, to be published in Fall 2005. Mikki Halpin is a freelance writer and editor who writes frequently about environmental concerns. Her most recent book is ItÂ’s Your World: If You DonÂ’t Like It, Change It: Activism for Teenagers. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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