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Green Cleaning For Dummies

ISBN: 978-0-470-39106-8
288 pages
November 2008
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An authoritative guide to reducing household exposure to hazardous chemicals

Thousands of household products contain toxic ingredients. Today, more and more people are seeking more natural cleaning methods to reduce their exposure to harsh chemicals. From the kitchen and bath to the living room and laundry, Green Cleaning For Dummies provides readers with green solutions to every common cleaning chore. Focusing on organic, nontoxic, sustainable alternatives to conventional cleaning products, it's packed with suggestions and tips for effective cleaning, and even offers green solutions for sprucing up patios, garages, vehicles, and the exterior of a house.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: A Greener, Healthier Way to Clean.

Chapter: 1: Cleaning House in a Brave Green World.

Chapter 2: What’s Green Got to Do with It?

Chapter 3: Adding Up the Pluses of Cleaning Green.

Part II: Getting to Work.

Chapter 4: An Ounce of Prevention.

Chapter 5: Assembling Your Hardware.

Chapter 6: Mixing Things Up: A Green Cleaner Cookbook.

Part III: Cleaning Green, Room by Room.

Chapter 7: Everything in the Kitchen — Including the Sink.

Chapter 8: Coming Clean in the Bathroom.

Chapter 9: Airing the Dirty Laundry Room.

Chapter 10: Creating a Clean and Healthful Sleeping Environment.

Chapter 11: Greening and Cleaning the Living Room.

Chapter 12: Transitioning from Home to the Great Outdoors.

Part IV: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 13: Ten (Or So) Ways Your Grandparents Got It Right.

Chapter 14: Ten Steps — Beyond Clean — to Green Your Home and Your Life.

Appendix: Green Resources.

Index.

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Author Information

Elizabeth B. Goldsmith, PhD, is a professor and Fulbright Scholar with expertise in work and family, consumer economics, and healthy indoor environments.

Betsy Sheldon is a lifestyles author and editor with a passion for sustainability issues.

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