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Being Green with Spring Cleaning

PLS has many books focused on more sustainable cleaning in the spring and other seasons, so have a look at these suggestions for a healthier and more efficient way of living from IS Librarian Roberta:

Lemons and Lavender: the eco guide to better homekeeping by Billee Sharp

Author Billee Sharp shares her freecycling, budget-savvy, barter-better wisdom in this step-by-step handbook for revolutionizing spending habits and reclaiming quality of life. This handy how-to covers every area of life and offers easy-to-do tips, recipes, and advice for saving money and the planet. Learn how to ditch your lawn and raise organic vegetables, cook healthy meals for pennies, cure minor maladies from the kitchen cabinet, save big dollars with small repairs, and eco-clean your house with lemons and lavender.

The Healthy Home by Myron Wentz

In The Healthy Home , a father and son--Dr. Myron Wentz, well-known microbiologist and founder of the USANA Corporation, and Dave Wentz, CEO of the USANA Corporation--take readers on a tour of a specific home for a look at the surprising health risks posed by the everyday products and behaviors of a modern family. Beginning in the bedroom and ending in the garage and backyard, readers learn about the degenerative effects of toxins in the home and receive simple solutions to help minimize exposure without foregoing convenience.

Country Almanac of Housekeeping Techniques by Richard Freudenberger

Many of today's products are expensive, bad for the environment, and don't work any better than Grandma's methods, which only cost pennies. The editors at Back Home Magazine have collected hundreds of formulas for effective cleaning, gardening, and home maintenance--as well as ways our ancestors saved on heating bills, prevented costly repairs, and maintained a cozy, charming home with little besides ingenuity. Drawing on the advice and techniques of contributors across the country, this indispensable guide shows you the best ways to take care of everything in your home from wood floors, to tile, to stainless steel appliances--and how to get the longest life out of every household item from pots and pans to pillowcases. The Country Almanac of Housekeeping Techniques That Save You Money is chock-full of solutions, recipes, and how-to projects for living a simpler, cleaner life and keeping your home beautiful.

Green Guide Families by Catherine Zandonella

Addressing the key environmental issues faced by parents of young children today, this book takes a straightforward approach to such urgent concerns as lead-painted toys; the risks and benefits of vaccinations, antibiotics, and vitamins; the potential side effects of plastic bottles and containers; how to manage food allergies and avoid fat- and sugar-filled snacks; and much more. A trained scientist, seasoned writer, and mother of two small children, author Catherine Zandonella combines knowledge and experience as she helps parents guide youngsters through a society that doesn't always make green lifestyle choices easy.

Super Natural Home by Beth Greer

Beth Greer had been living what she considered a healthy lifestyle when a medical crisis prompted her to reevaluate everything - from the food she ate to the personal-care products she used and the environment she lived in. Now, in Super Natural Home , she shows the alarming extent of the dangerous chemicals we unwittingly expose ourselves to every day. As she did in her own life, she invites readers to put their lives under a microscope - to scrutinize what Americans put in and on their bodies and bring into their homes - and to make personal choices that will enable them to "live clean" in a toxic world.

Homemade by Don Earnest

Don Earnest and Reader's Digest come together to bring you a book filled with tons of products that you will use every day. The best part? You get to make them yourself and save money on everyday items. It also helps you make more natural and healthy product alternatives for you and your family to enjoy. You'll also be supplied with a long list of yummy food recipes.

Toxic Free by Debra Lynn Dadd

Debra Lynn Dadd, hailed by The New York Times as the "Queen of Green," discusses the hidden toxic chemicals already present in our homes, their varying degrees of danger, and precise, proven methods for eliminating them from our lives in a cost- effective, environmentally friendly way.  Provides: a basic understanding of how toxic chemicals in consumer products affect your health; all the tools you need to remove these toxins from your home and body- starting today; and helpful guides on how to immediately save money on home-care products, as well as on the rapidly rising cost of your health care.

Green Goes with Everything by Sloan Barnett

A mother of three, a dedicated consumer advocate, Sloan gives us a fast, simple, down-toearth primer on the ways our homes are making us sick, and what we can all do to transform them into the safe sanctuaries we want and need them to be. Sloan exposes the toxic truth behind the household products we use every day -- from laundry detergent to toothpaste to lipstick. She explains how these and other seemingly benign stuff can harm us and our children.

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