Saturday, October 12, 2013

{31 Days} Back to Basics Day 12

This month I am participating in the nester's {31 Days} challenge.  My topic for the month is Back to Basics.  If you would like to follow along,  you can find all of my posts here.


There are a few books that I turn to year after year when thinking about keeping the chemicals out of my cleaning products.  While having the internet is a great resource, I think it is nice to have some of these resources available to flip through.  You never know what might jump out at you when you are going through a book again and again – as I often do!

The first suggestion is a little book called Make Your Place: Affordable &Sustainable Nesting SkillsI got this book when it first came out in late 2008, and it was my first real introduction to homemade cleaning products.  It has a lot more information in it than just cleaning products though.  There are a lot more sections in it than just the cleaning products though.  There are sections on gardening, health and first aid, as well as non-toxic body care.  It really is a great resource.

Another great cleaning resource is Salt, Lemons, Vinegar, and Baking SodaEach ingredient is broken down in this book by a brief history, how it works, and then where you can use each ingredient: kitchen, laundry, personal, household, outdoor, pets, and kid activities. 

Finally Toxic Beauty is a book that concentrates on the chemicals that are found in your personal hygiene products.  This book is a real eye-opener, and you may not want to read it if you are not ready to change the way you take care of your body.  Or perhaps you should read it if you are not quite ready to make the change!  It will probably push you over the edge.

In addition to Toxic Beauty, another great resource for checking on the status of chemicals in your favorite beauty products is to check them out on EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics DatabaseI like to check all products here, even the ones that are supposed to be “green.” 

Do you have any favorite resources for green cleaning or personal hygiene?

1 comment:

  1. EWG is such a great resource...thank you for sharing this information, always a great reminder! There are some scary products out there!

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