Clean naturally

Cleaning is a chore that everyone has to do at one time or another. However, grime and germs may be whisked away using effective, safe, and considerably less expensive products than you may be using now.

Leung's encyclopedia of common natural ingredients : used in food, drugs, and cosmetics
Ikhlas A. Khan, Ehab A. Abourashed.
Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley & Sons, Inc., c2010.
Both of them with the National Center for Natural Products Research, pharmacists Khana (U. of Mississippi) and Abourashed (Chicago State U.) found after three years of updating, that this third edition contained very nearly the same 300 ingredients as the second, published a decade ago, though the number of pages has increased by at least 50%. Most of the ingredients added are in a new section Indian Traditional Medicine--Ayurveda. The section on Chinese cosmetic ingredients is retained. The main listing is alphabetical, and the articles include common and scientific names and alternatives, a general description, chemical composition, pharmacology and biological activities, uses, commercial preparations, and references. There is no cross-referencing, but the general index contains entries for all alternative names. An index of chemicals is also included. Appendices cover general references, a glossary with abbreviations but no pronunciation guides, botanical terms, and morphological descriptions of plant organs. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Return to beauty : old-world recipes for great radiant skin
Narine Nikogosian ; photographs by Justin Lee Wheeler.
New York : Atria Books, 2009.
Return to Beautyoffers regimens made from fresh ingredients that can be found right in your kitchen. With recipes for winter, spring, summer, and fall, you can look beautiful throughout the year. Narine Nikogosian's natural and inexpensive products can be whipped up in less than ten minutes. Have a jar of honey in your pantry? Mix it with a few crushed walnuts to create a sensual, aromatic scrub for oily skin. Use dabs of cottage cheese to lighten undereye circles, or almond oil to rehydrate cracked lips. Narine also provides recipes based on astrological signs, such as for Scorpio, a Gracious Grapefruit Mask made of grapefruit, egg yolk, and soothing honey to rejuvenate your skin even after a late night.Narine is from a long line of Armenian women who have been harnessing the powers of nature to create everlasting beauty. For the first time, she reveals her secrets so that you can have star-worthy skin.
Plant-derived natural products : synthesis, function, and application
Anne E. Osbourn, Virginia Lanzotti [editors].
Dordrecht ; New York : Springer, c2009.
Plants produce a huge array of natural products (secondary metabolites). These compounds have important ecological functions, providing protection against attack by herbivores and microbes and serving as attractants for pollinators and seed-dispersing agents. They may also contribute to competition and invasiveness by suppressing the growth of neighboring plant species (a phenomenon known as allelopathy). Humans exploit natural products as sources of drugs, flavoring agents, fragrances and for a wide range of other applications. Rapid progress has been made in recent years in understanding natural product synthesis, regulation and function and the evolution of metabolic diversity. It is timely to bring this information together with contemporary advances in chemistry, plant biology, ecology, agronomy and human health to provide a comprehensive guide to plant-derived natural products. Plant-derived natural products: synthesis, function and application provides an informative and accessible overview of the different facets of the field, ranging from an introduction to the different classes of natural products through developments in natural product chemistry and biology to ecological interactions and the significance of plant-derived natural products for humans. In the final section of the book a series of chapters on new trends covers metabolic engineering, genome-wide approaches, the metabolic consequences of genetic modification, developments in traditional medicines and nutraceuticals, natural products as leads for drug discovery and novel non-food crops.
Household cleaning
Rachelle Strauss.
New York, NY : Skyhorse Pub., c2009.
Most conventional store-bought cleaning products are packed full of chemicals, many of which are harmful to the environment and your health, let alone your wallet. You'll be pleasantly surprised to discover that your kitchen cupboard already stocks the alternative supplies you'll need to transform your home into a clean, safe, and fresh-smelling haven! Lemons, salt, vinegar, baking soda, and club soda are just some of the natural ingredients used to clean the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, floors, and everything in between. Turn a chore into a pleasure and discover a whole new way to clean! About the Self-Sufficiency Series : More and more Americans are becoming concerned about living a healthier land more environmentally-friendly lifestyle. Whether it's moving to the country and starting over on a whim or just making city-living a little simpler and easier, the "Green" movement is changing the way we live our day-to-day lives. Skyhorse's new Self-Sufficiency handbooks are meant to help-offering advice on what to do, how to do it better, and how to save money as well. This is a beautifully-illustrated series made even more beautiful because its goal is to help everyone live in a more earth-friendly fashion.
Clean body : the humble art of zen-cleansing yourself
by Michael DeJong.
New York : Sterling, c2009.
"Clean Zen, clean green! Clean Body" follows the successful "Clean: The Humble Art of Zen-Cleansing," by cleaning guru Michael DeJong. As with the first book, this is not merely about washing away the dirt: it embodies a mindset, a philosophy, an alternative to mass consumerism. DeJong draws from Eastern belief systems--especially the element theory in Chinese medicine and Asian cooking--and harmoniously balances five pure essentials in his recipes, using baking soda, lemon, olive oil, salt, and white vinegar as the basis for his all-natural concoctions. Including special, separate sections for men and women, "Clean Body "has ideas for everything from facial exfoliants and natural aftershave to moisturizers and creams for itchy skin, discolored knees, and smooth feet. EVERY part of the body, from head to toe, is covered.
Natural alternatives for you and your home : 175 recipes to make eco-friendly products
Casey Kellar.
Iola, Wis. : Krause, 2009.
From soaps, shampoos and fragrances to household cleaners and bug repellants made with natural ingredients, you can learn to make a difference in the environment and your personal health using Natural Alternatives for You and Your Home. Choose from the 101 precise recipes, for both your home and yourself, featured in this book and use the easy-to-follow instructions and photos to create economical and eco-friendly products.

Many of the household cleaning products in use today are poisonous, carcinogenic, corrosive, or in some way hazardous to animals or humans. Only one in five of the four million household chemicals created since 1915 have actually been tested for their adverse health effects on humans.

Clean the safe, nontoxic way

Kitchen cleanser

Ingredients:  baking soda and lime oil

How to make:  Fill shaker half-full of baking soda.  Add 15-20 drops of lime oil.  Stir.  Fill rest of shaker with baking soda. Shake.

How to use:  Sprinkle on counters and wipe with sponge. 

(from Clean house, clean planet, by K. Logan)

Homemade alternative cleaning products are safer and cheaper to use. Amazing natural alternatives for cleaning include: Aluminum foil, cornmeal, baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice, lime juice, salt, tea tree oil, a pumice stone, flour, lavender oil, and liquid detergent.  All of these natural ingredients can be used to clean items. They may be used daily, or as need be.

For a safer planet, get trained to clean naturally. Making a new habit is the hardest part. However, once understanding how to use non-toxic cleaning recipes and then using them, the environment will become safer.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff