Mini Book Review: Organic Housekeeping

by Rebekahcooked up on February 6, 2012

How could I possibly say no to a book where the author refers to herself as the “Nontoxic Avenger” on the front cover?

Organic Housekeeping

I picked this one up totally randomly at the library a few weeks back. I am a total sucker for housekeeping and organizing tricks, and read my beloved Real Simple and Martha all the time.

The best thing about this book is the voice with which Ellen Sandbeck writes. While talking about the disgusting chemicals that make me get sick in the presence of certain “bubbles” shower cleaners, the easy ways to get around them and the general process of living simply, she uses words like “jettison” for getting rid of crap and gives gentle but firm advice about bad habits that seem stupid when pointed out.

Another viewpoint that she has made clear is one that I have held for a long time. People often get allergies, asthma, and sensitivities from things being TOO clean – i.e. too drenched in crazy chemicals, which makes the helpful bacteria die with the bad. Humans are dependent upon thousands of bacteria every day: without bacteria, nothing would rot or compost. Nothing in our bodies would be properly digested and we’d all starve to death. There’s no reason to kill off the good ones with harmful chemicals.

I’m most excited about getting to the part where we talk about getting rid of the cleaners that are currently in our home in favor of more natural cleaners. I know that there are some things that will always need a store-bought cleaner (I don’t think anything food grade will truly preserve wood the way I want it to, but maybe she’ll change my mind). However, I think that it’s totally possible to keep a clean and bad-germ-free kitchen and bathroom with a few simple household items like vinegar and baking soda. I’m sure there’s a little more to it, but hey – that’s why I’m reading this book.

I may have picked this one up at my local library but honestly I wouldn’t be surprised to find myself with a copy of my very own sometime soon. We’ll see 🙂


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