Naturally Clean: The Seventh Generation Guide to Safe & Healthy, Non-Toxic Cleaning

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Compelling evidence links the chemicals in household products to cancer, asthma, allergies, multiple chemical sensitivity syndrome—also known as environmental illness—hormonal disruption, reproductive and developmental disorders, and other conditions. Yet cleaning products are exempt from the full ingredient disclosure on product labels as required for food and personal care products and enter the marketplace with little or no testing for potential health risks.

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Overview

Compelling evidence links the chemicals in household products to cancer, asthma, allergies, multiple chemical sensitivity syndrome—also known as environmental illness—hormonal disruption, reproductive and developmental disorders, and other conditions. Yet cleaning products are exempt from the full ingredient disclosure on product labels as required for food and personal care products and enter the marketplace with little or no testing for potential health risks.

Naturally Clean explains the dangers of traditional cleaners and provides illuminating statistics that illustrate how the chemicals found in almost every home are known or likely to cause a host of serious health problems. The book’s easy-to-understand introduction discusses basic household chemistry, concepts of toxicity and types of toxic exposure, and the difference between natural, organic, and synthetic chemicals.

A room-by-room guide provides tips for:

• A healthier kitchen
• Keeping your bedrooms safe
• Mold, mildew, and soap scum: spotless bathrooms
• Special precautions for cleaning children’s rooms

Naturally Clean also features a comprehensive product selection guide that analyzes over 300 natural and traditional cleaners: everything from laundry products through oven cleaners, disinfectants, spot removers, carpet cleaners, and bathroom cleaners. This handy, easy-to-use reference rates the household cleaning products found on the shelves of natural food and grocery stores, providing Seventh Generation’s pick of your healthiest and safest options. A resource guide tells readers where to find additional information, and an at-a-glance glossary helps understand key terms.

Royalties from the sale of Naturally Clean will benefit the Children's Health Environmental Coalition (www.checnet.org) in their efforts to educate parents about environmental toxins that can affect children's health.

Jeffrey Hollender is president of Seventh Generation, Inc., the leading brand of natural household products, and author of the bestseller How To Make the World a Better Place. He speaks on social and environmental responsibility worldwide.

Geoff Davis is a freelance writer and editor of Seventh Generation’s consumer newsletter Non-Toxic Times.

Meika Hollender is an author who specializes in personal care products.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865715486
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/1/2006
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,154,584
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Jeffrey Hollender is President & Corporate Responsibility Officer at Seventh Generation, Inc., a multiple award-winning company known for its progressive business practices. The founder of a community bank, director of the Social Venture Network, and advisor to The Council on Economic Priorities' best-selling guide book, Shopping for a Better World, he speaks widely on social and environmental responsibility worldwide. Geoff Davis is a freelance writer whose work has been featured by a wide of variety of nationally known companies and organizations including Ben & Jerry's Homemade, Inc., Gaiam, Inc., the National Geographic Society, and Seventh Generation. He is currently the editor of the Non-Toxic Times, the latter's monthly consumer environmental newsletter. Meika Hollender is a student and author who's work has appeared in the Green Guide. She specializes in studying personal care products.
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Table of Contents

Introduction : protecting the place called home
Ch. 1 Here come the chemicals 3
Ch. 2 Our homes as test tubes 5
Ch. 3 Household chemicals and cancer 7
Ch. 4 Household chemicals and asthma 11
Ch. 5 Household chemicals and hormonal disruption 13
Ch. 6 Household chemicals and multiple chemical sensitivities 17
Ch. 7 The burden our bodies bear 19
Ch. 8 Toward safer homes and healthier families 21
Ch. 9 A short history of chemicals 25
Ch. 10 Top of the POPs 27
Ch. 11 Bad behavior 29
Ch. 12 Acute vs. chronic 35
Ch. 13 What dose makes the poison? 37
Ch. 14 A quick look at material safety data sheets 41
Ch. 15 Household chemicals and the world outside 43
Ch. 16 The incredible case of the shrinking label 49
Ch. 17 Test- and approval-free for you and me 53
Ch. 18 Meet the usual suspects 55
Ch. 19 Unpronounceably unhealthy 61
Ch. 20 Germ warfare and human welfare 63
Ch. 21 Ten key ways to read labels and avoid toxic products 67
Ch. 22 Trouble in paradise 71
Ch. 23 Recipe for safety : making your own household cleaners 79
Ch. 24 Coming clean in the kitchen, part one 81
Ch. 25 Coming clean in the kitchen, part two 83
Ch. 26 Coming clean in the kitchen, part three 85
Ch. 27 Perfluorochemicals 89
Ch. 28 Beating a better path to a healthier bath 93
Ch. 29 Devils in the dust 97
Ch. 30 Fighting the fungus among us 101
Ch. 31 Clearly cleaner windows 103
Ch. 32 What to pour on your floor 107
Ch. 33 Airing our dirty laundry 109
Ch. 34 Ten safety precautions for using chemical cleaners 111
Ch. 35 Why our littlest ones face the largest risk from our homes' biggest hazards 115
Ch. 36 A baker's dozen ways to help kids breathe easier 119
Ch. 37 Just say no to VOCs 123
Ch. 38 Phthalates are no phun 127
Ch. 39 Tin soldiers on : an age-old material is a new toxic threat 131
Ch. 40 How's the air in there? 135
Ch. 41 Something in the air the most common indoor air pollutants 139
Ch. 42 Indoor air repair 143
Ch. 43 A room-by-room guide to better breathing 147
Ch. 44 Air vs. machine : cleaning your air with filters and purifiers 151
Ch. 45 Air fresheners stink 155
Ch. 46 Use the power of plants to grow a healthy harvest of cleaner air 157
Ch. 47 Ending bad air days one breath at a time 161
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  • Posted September 10, 2011

    My go to book on all things cleaning!

    I read this book a couple of years ago. It is my go to book on all things cleaning and I must say it is awesome! I encourage everyone to read it. Not only is it an easy read but it gives some great information on cleaning products and our home. It makes me feel very good to have switched to natural cleaning methods. I think the one thing I was surprised about is even though the book is sponsored by Seventh Generation, it is not an endorsement for all their products. In fact it really is an endorsement for making your own products. There is a lot of research sited in the book for those non believers out there. After reading this book you will find yourself throwing out (properly dispose of them since they are toxic substances) all your traditional, unregulated, untested, and unsafe cleaning products.

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