{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 Soda
Each 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?

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