If you’ve contemplated adopting a greener, more Eco-friendly lifestyle, but thought it would be too difficult – think again – small steps can have a big impact on your health and the environment. For instance, have you ever thought about making your own natural household cleaners? After all, some of the chemicals in popular cleaning products are highly toxic and when you add up the cost of purchasing them on a regular basis – it’s easy to see why people might decide to make their own.
What are the benefits of making your own household cleaners?
Better for your health
Better for the environment
Less toxic to children and pets
Check out the books and articles below to try your hand at making a variety of natural homemade cleaners.
Clean My Space takes the chore out of cleaning with Melissa’s incredible tips and cleaning hacks (the power of pretreating!) her lightning fast 5-10 minute “express clean” routines for every room when time is tightest, and her techniques for cleaning even the most daunting places and spaces. And a big bonus: Melissa gives guidance on the best non-toxic, eco-conscious cleaning products and offers natural cleaning solution recipes you can make at home using essential oils to soothe and refresh. With Melissa’s simple groundbreaking method you can truly live in a cleaner, more cheerful, and calming home all the time.
Simple Steps to a Naturally Clean Home. Toxic chemicals are found in almost all commercial cleaners the very products you buy to make your home hygenic and healthy. Homemade Cleaners offers a better solution. Its tips, tricks and formulas guarantee to make your home sparkling and germ-free.
Homemade Cleaners features over 150 recipes that are:
Simple and Affordable
Kid and Baby Friendly
Using ingredients like vinegar, baking soda, and even vodka, the authors tackle the nitty-gritty of everything from countertop cleaners to air-purifying plants so you avoid using commercial products that can cause side effects including skin irritation, asthma and central nervous system damage.
Presents strategies for maintaining a healthy home while engaging in environmentally responsible practices, outlining a lifestyle program based on scientific principles that explains how to understand the connection between individual habits and planet health.
The Organically Clean Home features 150 easy-to-make recipes for cleaning products filled with all-natural ingredients you can trust (and actually pronounce!). From dishwasher detergent to antibacterial wipes, America’s favorite cleaning blogger Becky Rapinchuk guides you through the steps needed to make these everyday necessities — without spending a fortune.
Green Up Your Cleanup includes helpful advice and cleanser “recipes” that explains how to eliminate toxic-chemical household cleaning agents from your life and replace them with natural, and often homemade solutions. Inspired by the author’s experience as a mother of an allergic child, the book includes anecdotal information that led her to natural cleaning solutions and has “green facts,” “smart tips,” and informational sidebars generously sprinkled throughout the text.
The book is divided into three parts, “The Basics,” “Inside Jobs,” and “Dirty Jobs,” and covers everything from green-cleaning the kitchen to green-cleaning the car. A handy size and a spiral binding make it easy to keep on hand as a reference as you do the chores.
A visual handbook of Eco-friendly housekeeping solutions presents quick, efficient, and safe cleaning options for every room in the home, explaining how to get a clean, germ-free home without the use of unhealthy chemicals, in a guide that includes recipes for homemade cleaning products, facts about product ingredients, and more than four hundred color photographs.
Youth Services Librarians love to read, too! Check out what your favorite Children’s and Teen Librarians at Main Library are reading, whether it be a picture book about penguins, a middle grade adventure in a treehouse, vampires in Louisiana, or a time-traveling phone booth!