Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Review & Giveaway: Natural Alternatives for You and Your Home

I come from a family that gets headaches easily from chemical cleaning products. Through the years my Mom would find effective and cheap recipes for making her own household cleaning products. Most of them would work well. Some would not. I was used to having these homemade cleaners sitting around in spray bottles or plastic containers ready for use. When I had my own home I decided to check into some books on making your home cleaners.

I had two purposes in looking for good home cleaner recipes:
1. You can control the ingredients and avoid harmful chemicals.
2. Making your own cleaners cost a fraction of buying them in the store.

I was disappointed with some of the books I looked at. They would require expensive ingredients, which defeated part of my main reason of wanting to make home cleaners. Or a hard to find ingredient item would take up more time than I was willing to spare in hunting it down. When Krause Publications sent me Natural Alternatives to review and giveaway I was excited. I love this book!

The first thing that impressed me was the author. Casey Kellar knows what she is doing in putting together these eco-friendly products. She's been involved in the beauty and home fragrance industry for more than 23 years, which includes her role as a "natural" chemical designer/compounder. Translation: Her recipes should work.

With 175 precise recipes, easy-to-follow instructions and photos you can’t go wrong. I was thrilled with the huge variety of recipe topics:

Chapter 1: Skin, Home Spa Treatments, Hair, Teeth, Children’s Bubbles & Powders, How to save money on essential oils and perfumes.

Chapter 2: Clean Air, Clean Water, Simple Home remedies for Minor Ailments

Chapter 3: Around the Home, Floor to Ceiling Solutions, Metal Cleaners, Garage & Home, and more.

Chapter 4: Pet Treats, First Aid for Pets

Chapter 5: Indoor Plants, Patio Gardens

Chapter 6: Pesky Pests and Repellants

So far I have tried: Relaxing Sea-Salt Bath Soak, Bubble Bubble, Sore Throat Treatment, and House Plant Polish. I’m looking forward to trying more of the recipes in the near future. Making my own hair shampoo will be first on the list. This is the best book to date I have found for creating your own home products. Instead of hunting all over for the home cleaners and more that you need just check this book out. That could be all you need.

From Jennifer Allen

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This was not a paid post and my honest opinions were used. The opinions are solely my own. Thank you to Krause Books who supplied the products for the review and giveaway.

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