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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 Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/21/2005
  • Edition description: Updated
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 787,422
  • 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 Home Acknowledgments 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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