We are suckers for home keeping books, and while some come and go from our bookshelves, others have real staying power.
Green Clean: The Environmentally Sound Guide to Cleaning Your Home, written by Linda Mason Hunter and Mikki Halpin and published in 2005 is one of those books. We ran across our copy during one of our Cure steps, and this is not a book for the outbox!
According to Hunter, "There are more than 100,000 chemicals used in commercial cleaning products, and only a small amount have been tested for long-term effects on your health." This doesn't sound like a great environment for a baby....or for us!
Linda and Mikki offer up a practical plan for 'ecological housekeeping' without ever getting preachy or veering off into the realm of unprovable scientific claims. Step by step this book guides readers through greener house cleaning, offering up guidelines for developing a personal green cleaning plan, along with recipes for nontoxic cleaners, something we found most helpful and surprisingly cost effective.
All that is great, but what really puts this book over the top for us is that it is a Durabook - waterproof and stain resistant, so it doesn't need to be stored on a bookshelf. Ours lives in the bucket under our sink, with our (newly re-greened) cleaning supplies.
Green Clean: The Environmentally Sound Guide to Cleaning Your Home is currently on sale at Amazon.com for just $11.53.