The Toxin-Free Home: Review & Giveaway

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Recently I was invited to do a book review of  The Toxin-Free Home: A Guide to Maintaining a Clean, Eco-Friendly, and Healthy Home by author Alison Haynes.  In accepting this, I  had high hopes that it would fill a niche in my life.  You see, out of fear of using toxic products, I clean less than I would like to.  When I really should be taking the more practical approach of greening up my cleaning routines.

The results of avoidance are never pretty.

The Toxin-Free Home

The Toxin-Free Home

So I was excited when my copy of the Toxin-Free Home arrived–and I found everything I had hoped for.  Tips for greening my laundry along with recipes for homemade stain remover. A bathroom cleaning guide plus advice like “a paste of borax and lemon juice left for half an hour removes stubborn stains.”  (That is so happening soon.)  The recommendations continued throughout the house, from living room to bedroom and out into the garden!     

Yes, the Toxin-Free Home fulfilled all of my initial expectations.  Then it took clean and green up a notch with ideas like using door mats to reduce tracking in dirt.  And energy-saving tips like using smaller appliances such as an electric tea kettle.  It even has a variety of helpful charts including washing instructions by fabric type, household uses for essential oils, and a carpet stain removal guide.  

One of the guides from The Toxin-Free Home

One of the guides from The Toxin-Free Home

There are also some “architectural” level suggestions including ideas for gray water usage, how to look out for formaldehyde and a guide to sustainable wood.  And I can personally vouch for to the value of switching to low flow, aerating showerheads which save water, reduce reduce power usage (for water heating) and can turn low pressure water into a nice jet. 

Love my low flow, aerating shower head!

Love my low flow, aerating shower head!

The only caution I would give is to look for corroboration on some of the advice.  One of the author’s recommendations is to use stain proof carpet.  While this may reduce the need for future cleaning some of the stain proofing chemicals have a level of toxicity that you may not want to introduce. 

Yes, beer does work as slug bait

Yes, beer does work as slug bait

I have personally used a number of suggestions in this book (see my beer as slug bait picture above) and look forward to trying out more.  Whether you are looking for comprehensive list of ideas to take you into the future or simply a green cleaning guide, this book is worth checking out.   

Is this something you’d like to try?  If so, consider this giveaway for a copy of The Toxin-Free Home, open to mailing addresses in the U.S.  It closes at midnight CDT on Oct 11, 2015.  To enter, leave a comment telling me what your biggest cleaning challenge is.  For a second entry, follow Art of Natural Living on Facebook and leave a second comment mentioning this (or a second comment telling me you are already a Facebook follower).  The winner will be picked randomly, contacted by email and have 24 hours to get back to me with an address and any other needed information or a new winner will be chosen.

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39 Comments

  1. Keep the dust away and sometimes the bathroom. Looks like a great resource. Thank you!

  2. I follow Art of Natural Living on Facebook under, Bianca Munoz Norman
    Thanks!

  3. My biggest cleaning challenge is keeping mold and mildew out of the shower area.

  4. I follow Art of Natural Living on Facebook as Maryann Drapkin

  5. My biggest cleaning challenge is keeping my teenage sons room smelling more clean and welcoming but not chemically offensive. I follow you on Facebook as well. Thanks for providing such an informative website.

  6. Sadly, I don’t qualify for this contest, but I’ll look for the book anyhow. It sounds really helpful!

  7. Looks like a great resource. I don’t do enough cleaning for it to matter 🙂

  8. My biggest cleaning challenge is our shower!!

  9. My challenge is with mold and mildew! My home is more than 150 years old. There will be remodeling but I still think it’s something to watch out for.

  10. My Facebook name is Lexi Guardado

  11. My biggest cleaning challenge is the bathroom

  12. My biggest challenge is clutter but I’m trying to cut down on my chemical use! kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

  13. Like you on Facebook. Kristie Morrison Donelson. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

  14. Definitely cleaning my bathrooms!

  15. My biggest cleaning challenge is not having a proper place to put all my stuff! (and not having the willpower to get rid of said stuff that has no home. :P)

  16. My biggest cleaning challenge is the bathroom. I hate cleaning the tub.

  17. MY biggest cleaning challenge is cleaning my bathroom especially because I have a full house!

  18. My biggest cleaning challenge is the tub.

  19. My biggest cleaning challenge is keeping my floors clean. I have a dog that I walk a lot and dirt, water, mud, snow, grass gets tracked back in. It’s a constant struggle to keep up.

  20. I follow on facebook.

  21. My biggest challenge is the kitchen! As soon as you clean it it’s a grease splattered mess again

  22. My biggest cleaning challenge is definitely the bathroom!

  23. My biggest cleaning challenge is the Bathrooms. I always have to struggle to keep the tub and shower door clean and nice. Then there’s the toilets…

  24. I follow on Facebook.

  25. I live in the county and have hard wood floors. Dog hair, dirt, dust, and keeping flies out in the summer (we open everything in the evening since we don’t have AC) and we also have a wood stove and deal with ash dust in the winter.

  26. my biggest challenge is the fur left behind by my 2 kitties!

  27. My biggest challenge is keep the dust away.

  28. I follow Art of Natural Living on Facebook under, Mari Margutti.

  29. My biggest challenge is keeping the bathroom clean with natural cleaners.

  30. I follow you on Facebook as ginger starr gisi!

  31. My biggest challenge is keeping the kitchen clean. It’s always cluttered.

  32. My biggest cleaning challenge is all of the fur left around the house from our four pets. We love them, but they shed like crazy.

  33. just keeping up with it all!

  34. Biggest cleaning challenge at the moment is the carpet, after my elderly cat throws up or pees on it. Love my old cat, but she has gotten messier with age. Going on 19 years old.

  35. My biggest cleaning challenge is the bathroom, especially the shower!

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  36. I follow you on facebook as Angela Saver

    andysavi.mom@gmail.com

  37. Biggest challenge is just finding the time to clean…let alone cleaning in a non-toxic safe fashion. We try though!

  38. My biggest cleaning challenge is definitely the kitchen. I cook all of my meals from scratch which means that I spend a whole lot of time in there and the grime builds up quickly!

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