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Organic Housekeeping by Ellen Sandbeck
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Mar 01, 10

bookshelves: 2010
Read in February, 2010

This book is actually far more awesome than I anticipated. As a person who has been dabbling in Organic Housekeeping for years, when I dabble in housekeeping at all, I thought this was going to be mind-numbingly basic "vinegar" and "baking soda" kind of book. It's actually a lot more, and even goes to the root of many of our household problems. Cleaning would be easier and require less chemicals if we had less clutter to attract mess, if we took off our shoes at the door like the europeans do, if we built our houses with better materials, if we had good ventilation and circulation in our house (less mold!), and so on. Anyway, i got this from the library and it is not exactly the most thrilling read cover to cover, but if I owned it - and make no mistake, I wish I did - I would find myself referring back to it and picking it up all the time. While I was writing this review, I thought of three things I need to look up before I take it back to the library. I like that it has real situations that I encounter constantly, and not just crazy shit that has no basis in reality -- like how to get red wine out of my white sofa with $17 "organic" cleaner from whole foods -- we only drink clear liquor and beer in this house, and our sofa is the same color as our dirt, and if i ever spend $17 on a cleaner, it better preform miracles.
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