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Salt, Lemons, Vinegar, and Baking Soda

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The Fab Four: Salt, lemons, vinegar, and baking soda are the all-you-need all-stars of the home. From personal hygiene and grooming to household cleaning and gardening, this powerful quartet has a long and storied history of usefulness that is also utterly modern and of-the-moment: green, cheap, and effective. Beginning with a brief introduction to each of these amazing su ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published September 18th 2009 by Metro Books (first published 2009)
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Kelli
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love lemons! This simple little book could be the only thing I ever needed to rid my home of chemical-filled cleaners. I will circle back around soon and let you know!
Diane
Dec 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Love the very simple cleaning solutions and the fact that they are very inexpensive and non-toxic and are made from very basic itesm. I have to say, now I realize there is no better cleaner than baking soda. Unbelievable.
Ryan
Jun 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is incredible - gives information/history about each of these ingredients & then provides tons of uses for these items to clean organically. This book is super practical & is highly useful - I really want to get a copy for all of my family!
Marjorie Elwood
Dec 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: environment
Lots of great ideas for cleaning, including indoor and outdoor uses, as well as ideas for cleaning pet areas, all using the four ingredients in the title. In addition, each ingredient has a section on kid's activities, such as making invisible ink with lemon juice. The index is superlative.
Karen
Dec 27, 2012 added it
Withholding a rating until I have had a chance to implement some of the ideas. I know for a fact that a few don't work, and there are several that I've done in the past that work nicely. I have identified a few others that I want to try out.
minervasowl
Dec 30, 2012 rated it liked it
A lot of these ideas I have heard of or seen before, but I wouldn't remember specific proportions or combinations, so I am looking forward to trying out these less toxic cleansing possibilities.
Kayla
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: on-my-shelves
very useful for anyone looking for alternative cleaning methods.
Elyse
2017 Reading Challenge #40: you bought on a trip.
Michele Auch
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Awesome tips, easy to read.

A little more science would have been nice to learn about so I could understand and apply concepts instead of follow recipies.
Cindy
“Salt, lemons, vinegar, and baking soda are the all-you-need all-stars of the home. From personal hygiene and grooming to household cleaning and gardening, this powerful quartet has a long and storied history of usefulness that is also utterly modern and of-the-moment: green, cheap, and effective.

Beginning with a brief introduction to each of these amazing substances, this comprehensive book of household hints (useful indoors and out, for people and for pets) offers hundreds of smart solutions f
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Tracy
Jan 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Plenty of interesting stuff. Some I've tried, & mostly it worked; some I haven't (yet). I did switch to mostly using vinegar for cleaning non-wood surfaces & I've found there's been a huge difference in *ME* afterward -- fewer headaches, skin doesn't feel as tight & itchy afterward. So there's that. If you're looking for more "green" or common-household-pantry-items solutions, this is definitely a great place to start.
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a lot of good, green usages for these 4 common household items!
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Shea Zukowski is an editor and writer specializing in earth-friendly information and natural living. A former senior editor for Rodale Books, she spent years seeking out the best advice related to cooking, health, nutrition, and pets. She lives in the blissfully quiet town of Emmaus, Pennsylvania, with her husband and two sons.