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Home Safe Home is the ultimate reference of its kind, written by the leading authority on eliminating toxics in the home. It offers more than four hundred tips, including do-it-yourself formulas for inexpensive, safe products to replace the harmful substances we are exposed to in our own households. If you suffer from unexplained headaches, fatigue, or depression, or if you worry about the link between increased use of toxic chemicals and the rising rate of cancer, the many suggestions in this book can make your ...

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Overview

Home Safe Home is the ultimate reference of its kind, written by the leading authority on eliminating toxics in the home. It offers more than four hundred tips, including do-it-yourself formulas for inexpensive, safe products to replace the harmful substances we are exposed to in our own households. If you suffer from unexplained headaches, fatigue, or depression, or if you worry about the link between increased use of toxic chemicals and the rising rate of cancer, the many suggestions in this book can make your life virtually toxic-free!  
Here are some of the many useful facts you'll learn:
 
- You can make a window cleaner from vinegar and water that is safe, more effective, and less expensive than any product on the market.
- A mineral powder, which costs pennies per use, is the safest way to get whites their whitest.
- Simply changing your type of sheets and pillows may cure insomnia.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Responding to the increasing interest in the effects of chemicals in the myriad products used every day, nontoxic-living advocate Dadd offers a combined revised and expanded edition of two of her titles, published in the mid-1980s as Nontoxic & Natural LJ 2/1/85 and The Nontoxic Home LJ 11/1/86 and updated later as Nontoxic, Natural & Earthwise Tarcher, 1990 and The Nontoxic Home & Office Tarcher, 1992, respectively. This listing of toxic materials and how to avoid them uses the manufacturers' warnings and mostly resists sensationalism. Dadd's suggestions are reasonable and not too difficult to accomplish. Like Lynn Marie Bower in The Healthy Household LJ 7/95, Dadd includes extensive resource lists, though Bower covers a wider range of products. An excellent choice for libraries not owning the Bower title.Susan B. Hagloch, Tuscarawas Cty. P.L., New Philadelphia, Ohio
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874778595
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/21/2005
  • Edition description: Updated
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 1,533,435
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Debra Lynn Dadd, an internationally recognized consumer advocate specializing in identifying products that are safe and environmentally responsible, works as a consultant, lecturer, and writer to promote healthy living.

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Table of Contents

Home Safe HomeAcknowledgments
Author's Note
Introduction
How to Use This Book

Chapter 1: How Safe Is Your Home?
New Studies Show Household Toxics Really Are Toxic
Creating your Own Safe Home

Chapter 2: Assessing Your Risk
Types of Toxicity
Our Chemical Exposures
How Toxic Chemicals Get into Our Bodies
What Our Bodies Do with Toxic Chemicals
How to Determine If a Product Is Toxic
Why You Should Be Concerned about Household Toxics

Chapter 3: Household Hazardous Waste

Chapter 4: Indoor Air Pollution
Air Filters
Humidity
Automobile Exhaust
Secondhand Tobacco Smoke
Combustion By-products-Gas Applilances, Kerosene Heaters, Fireplaces, and Woodstoves
Asbestos
Radon
Mold
Plastics
Lead
Electromagnetic Fields
Smoke Detectors
Christmas Trees

Chapter 5: Household Cleaning and Laundry Products
Drain Cleaners
Oven Cleaners
Furniture and Floor Polishes
Silver Polishes and Other Metal Cleaners
Ammonia and Other All-Purpose Cleaners
Basin, Tub, and Tile Cleaners
Mold and Mildew Cleaners
Disinfectants
Rug, Carpet, and Upholstery Shampoos
Spot Removers
Dry Cleaning
Chlorine Bleach
Laundry Detergents
Fabric Softeners
Electrostatic Cleaning Cloths
Spray Starch
Dishwasher Detergents
Glass Cleaners
Scouring Powders
Air Fresheners and Odor Removers
Dishwashing Liquids

Chapter 6: Home and Garden Pest Control
Lawn Care
Garden Pesticles
Rat and Mouse Killers
Household Isecticides
Insect Repellents
Mothballs
Lice Shampoos
Termiricides
As a Last Report

Chapter 7: Water
Bottled Water
Water Filters

Chapter 8: Drugs and Medications
Arthritis, Fever, and Aches
Heartburn, COnstipation, Diarrhea, and Nausea
Allergic Hay Fever
Colds and Coughs
Insomnia
If You Must Take Medications

Chapter 9: Beauty and Hygiene
Denture Cleaners
Feminine Deodorant Sprays and Douches
Hair Sprays and Styling Mousses
Shampoos
Mouthwashes
Toothpastes and Toothbrushes
Astringents and Toners
Nail Polishes and Nail-Polish Removers
Hair-Removal Products
Hair Colorants
Permanent Waves
Tampons and Sanitary Pads
Contraceptives
Perfumes and Aftershaves
Antiperspirants and Deoderants
Bubble Baths
Soap and Other Skin-Care Products
Cosmetics
Sun Protection
Talcum Powder
Toilet Paper and Tissues
Lubricants

Chapter 10: Food
Coffee
Meat, Poultry, and Eggs
Milk and Dairy Products
Fats and Oils
FIsh and Seafood
Sweeteners
Food Poiseners
Food Irradiation
Cookware
Dishware
Food Storage
Microwave Ovens
Barbecued and Broiled Foods
Alcoholic Beverages
Vitamin and Mineral Dietary Supplements

Chapter 11: Textiles
Clothing
Beds and Bedding
Shower Curtains
Footwear and Shoe Care
Luggage and Bags
Fabrics, Yarns, and Notions
Irons and Ironing-Board Covers
Kitchen and Table Linens
Bath Linens

Chapter 12: Home-Office and Art Supplies
Epoxy, Rubber Cement, and Super Glue
Typewriter Correction Fluid
Artists' Colors
Computers
Copy Machines, Computer Laser Printers, and Plain Paper Facsimile Machines
Paper

Chapter 13: Babies and Children
Safeguarding Your Children from Toxics
A Safe Nursery
Cribs
Diapers
Babies' and Kids' Clothing
Baby Food
Toys
Baby-Care Products

Chapter 14: Pet Care
Flea Control
Pet Food and Nutritional Supplements

Chapter 15: Home Finishings and Furnishings
Houseplants
Paints and Finishes
Carpeting and Flooring
Furniture
Candles
Light
Wallpaper
Window Coverings

Chapter 16: Building and Remodeling Materials
Hiring Builders
Curing a Sick House
Keeping the Costs Down
Quality Control
Adhesives
Caulk
Ceramic Tile
Plumbing
Cabinets and Countertops
Sheathing, Subflooring, and Paneling
Doors
Insulation
Walls
Framing
Roofing
Windows
Siding

Chapter 17: Finding a Safe Home
General Location
Immediate Surroundings and Building Shell
Finishing

Appendix A. Harmful Effects of Common Substances

Appendix B. Household Poisons

General Precautions for Using Household Poisons
Emergency Action for Household Poisonsings

For Further Information
Bibliography
Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2001

    excellent book

    An excellent book on why toxics are harmful, home made recipes, and she gives the names of products if you don't want to make your own. Its an excellent books covers everything from housecleaning solutions, to beauty and hygeine, to computers and furniture. A very informative book.

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