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Book Review: Homemade Cleaners by Mandy O’Brien and Dionna Ford


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There are so many recipes for home cleaners in this book. For the most part they are similar & build off a base recipe. I wish they had just listed the base recipe & options. Instead they list each variation recipe in full even if the instructions are the same. I thought that was kind of repetitive.  I couldn’t see the difference between many of the variations. Some just seemed to vary by the essential oil & scent theme.

Anyway, so far I’ve tried the granite counter top cleaner & it really works! Whoever thought vodka was good for more than alcoholic drinks! Ha ha. Kidding. Besides the recipes, the book also talks about what is toxic & classifies the different types of toxins (e.g. Neurotoxins, VOCs, etc). I did learn some valuable things from this book. For example don’t mix vinegar with hydrogen peroxide because it becomes peroxyacetic acid which can be highly corrosive & irritating to the skin & respiratory system. Long term exposure to this acid can cause permanent lung damage. Can you tell I didn’t pay attention in chemistry class? LOL. Content-wise, there is a chapter for basically every area in the home: bathroom cleaners, kitchen, laundry, furniture, etc. O’Brien & Ford also talk about outdoor living, healthy yards & the three R’s (reduce, reuse, recycle). If you go on Amazon you can check out the table of contents here. I personally borrowed my ebook copy from the Toronto Public Library, which has quite a good selection of ebooks, music, paper books, etc. I’m off topic now, so let me get back to it.

This book is a decent beginner’s guide to making your own non-toxic cleaners. The recipes are simple & if you’re up for tackling something more complex you can use the variations. I liked that they had recipes to deal with stains for different surfaces such as: ceramic tiles, marble, copper, steel, etc. It was quite comprehensive in that way. Did you know that you can make a disinfectant using non-toxic ingredients that are just as effective as store bought cleaners?  Making your own cleaner you would save money, plus reusing your spray containers you would be reducing the amount of plastics in circulation as well. I think that’s a great incentive to start making your own homemade cleaners. I’m certainly going to try all the recipes that apply to our household. I love feeling like a mad scientist in a lab!

Rating: 4/5

Have you making your own homemade cleaners? If yes, let me know how it went!


Author: Hazel

Former green beauty blogger Elegantly Eco. Writer, reiki master, singer, artist who loves making a contribution to the positivity of people and the world in general. Now plotting my new adventure in with reiki infused art. Please check out https://radiantreiki.org

2 thoughts on “Book Review: Homemade Cleaners by Mandy O’Brien and Dionna Ford

  1. This is so interesting! I’d love to make my own homemade cleaners – I will definitely be looking into this…

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