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Green Up Your Cleanup is a timely handbook of advice and cleanser "recipes" that explains how to eliminate toxic-chemical household cleaning agents from your life and replace them with natural, and often homemade solutions. Inspired by the author's experience as a mother of an allergic child, the book includes anecdotal information that led her to natural cleaning solutions and has "green facts," "smart tips," and informational sidebars generously sprinkled throughout the text.

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Green Up Your Cleanup is a timely handbook of advice and cleanser "recipes" that explains how to eliminate toxic-chemical household cleaning agents from your life and replace them with natural, and often homemade solutions. Inspired by the author's experience as a mother of an allergic child, the book includes anecdotal information that led her to natural cleaning solutions and has "green facts," "smart tips," and informational sidebars generously sprinkled throughout the text.

 

The book is divided into three parts, "The Basics," "Inside Jobs," and "Dirty Jobs," and covers everything from green-cleaning the kitchen to green-cleaning the car. A handy size and a spiral binding make it easy to keep on hand as a reference as you do the chores.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580113953
  • Publisher: Creative Homeowner Press
  • Publication date: 2/4/2008
  • Series: The Green House
  • Edition description: First
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Green has always been a part of author Jill Potvin Schoff's life, as she was born and raised in the Green Mountains of northern Vermont. The mountains instilled in her a love of clean air, clean water, and all living things. She learned almost forgotten rural arts like canning, pickling, and maple sugaring at her mother's and grandmother's knees. When she became a wife and mother, it was natural that she would be drawn to a simpler way of life that put less burden on the planet and fewer toxins in the way of her family. She keeps herself busy raising a 2-year-old, writing and designing books, growing organic vegetables, and running her own Internet company. Green Up Your Cleanup is her second book.

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Table of Contents


Introduction     10
The Basics
Why Go Green?     16
Making Changes     18
The Health Effect     20
The Environmental Impact     25
What You Can Do     30
Your New Cleaning Arsenal     32
Cleaner By Cleaner     34
Tools of the Trade     46
Inside Jobs
The Fresh Bathroom     54
Showers and Tubs     56
Mold and Mildew     62
Toilets     70
Clearing Drains     72
Kitchen Detox     74
Sinks and Countertops     76
Cabinetry     84
Kitchen Appliances     85
Kitchenware     86
Laundry You Can Live With     92
Eco Washing Strategies     94
Eco Drying Strategies     96
Eco Clothing Care     97
The Green Alternatives     98
Stain Guidelines     104
Around the House     106
Making Windows Sparkle     108
Walls and Ceilings     112
Cleaning Metal     120
Dusting     122
All About Floors     126
Keep Out the Dirt     128
Hardwood, Laminate, Bamboo, and Linoleum     132
Tile, Stone, Rubber, Vinyl, and Concrete     134
Rug and Carpet Care     138
Caring for Furnishings     146
Wood Furniture     148
Other Hard Furniture     153
Upholstery     155
Window Treatments     159
Dirty Jobs
Outside the House     164
Vinyl, Aluminum, and Wood Siding     166
Masonry     168
Roofing     171
Exterior Metalwork     175
Decks     178
Driveways, Walkways, and Patios     186
Outdoor Furniture and Fabrics     188
The Backyard Grill     190
Garage, Workshop, and Basement     192
Garage Floors     194
Cars     195
Workshop Tools     200
Paint Problems     202
Lawn Mowers     205
Pesticides     207
Basements     208
Appendix     212
Resources     218
Glossary     230
Index     234
Photo Credits     238
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2008

    Good Perfect for First Home

    reen Up Your Cleanup is a cleverly designed book with a standard spine that hides a spiral bound. It is a full color green cleaning manual. For example, several pages are devoted to explaining how to clean windows with large illustrations. Green products are used, as is a squeegee (instead of wasteful paper towels.) I like the suggested green cleaning potions--lots of vinegar and baking soda--both of which are cheap and very effective. What stood out to me was the practical spiral format, as it allows the book to lie flat and be used as a manual. The manual style is why this book is best suited for those who do not know how to clean. This is a perfect housewarming gift for young people who don't know how to clean and are moving into their first home. The author of the award winning book, Harmonious Environment: Beautify, Detoxify and Energize Your Life, Your Home and Your Planet

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 25, 2009

    Keen to go Green?  This is the book for you!

    Jill Schoff makes it easy to go green using down to earth language, easy to follow tips and examples, as well as great recipes for more eco-friendly cleaning products.This is a must for anyone getting their first apartment or their first home and would make a great gift!  New mothers will appreciate the emphasis on irritant and toxic free cleaning to keep their little ones safe and healthy and comfortable.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 22, 2009

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    A Mom's Choice Awards Recipient!

    The Mom's Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, Ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times Best-Selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, Motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books; Tara Paterson, Certified Parent Coach, and founder of the Mom's Choice Awards. Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families. This book/product has earned this distinguished award.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2008

    My favorite

    I've read 'em all and this is my favorite - comprehensive 'but not overloaded or granola-goody-goody', well-illustrated, relevant, and you've gotta love the spiral binding so the book can lay flat.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2009

    Great Book!

    I really enjoyed this book. It had lots of practical advice and detailed information. I loved the spiral flat spine;it makes viewing a lot easier.
    I would recommend this book to anyone interested in using "Green" cleaning mehhods.

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  • Posted March 23, 2009

    Every home needs one!

    I love the book. It's so easy to follow and so practical. I tried the baking soda scrub and it worked very well.

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