If you read my 5 Simple But Powerful Homemade Cleaners post, you’ll know I have been making my own cleaners. I’ve been having so much fun making them that I almost completely forgot to tell you where I’m getting some of the recipes (and all of the inspiration)!
I got “Homemade Cleaners: Quick-and-Easy, Toxin-Free Recipes to Replace Your Kitchen Cleaner, Bathroom Disinfectant, Laundry Detergent, Bleach, Bug Killer, Air Freshener, and more …” by Mandy O’Brien and Dionna Ford a while back and just keep reading!! I figured surely it was a book with a ton of recipes in it for homemade cleaners.
I was right and wrong.
It does indeed have tons of recipes for homemade cleaners inside, but it’s so much more than just that! Mandy and Dionna also take the time to discuss the science behind the dirt, the cleaners and why their recipes work. They not only give you recipes, but the knowledge with which you can actually create your own safe and strong cleaning formulas.
The authors open the book telling you about your “standard” cleaners and how unsafe they are. They’re full of carcinogens, endocrine disruptors and neurotoxins that are making us sick on a daily basis. sure, they clean well, but at what cost?
The cleaners are broken down into sections including kitchen, bathroom, floors and walls, but there are also sections on naturally healthy yards, natural pest control and recipes for parents. The recipes for parents section will be particularly interesting to parents of babies and toddlers. There is information about healthier alternatives for common children’s products like cloth diapers and baby wipes, and recipes for sticker remover, crayon remover and gum remover.
Two of my favorite sections (and the ones I actually read first) were “A Disposable Society” and “Reduce and Reuse” near the end of the book. There is some great information in those sections on how you can further reduce your carbon footprint and make the planet even safer.
This is one of my favorite books that I have right now, and I keep it in my nightstand drawer. The recipes come in extremely handy on a daily basis, whether I’m mixing a new batch of a certain cleaner, or actually using the cleaner itself. I read the informational sections almost weekly to try and learn as much as I can because I think that knowledge is great to pass on to our children. I also think the informational sections are a great way to learn more about the ingredients so I can make my own recipes to share with you!
I highly recommend you add Household Cleaners (affiliate link) to your reading list. Whether you just want recipes, or you are looking to educate yourself at the same time, this book is a great tool to have!Image Credits: Book Cover – Ulysses Press jarmoluk