books for crafting for the home

by kath_red on 14/04/2009

in Books, Features

The Naturally Clean Home by Karyn Siegel-Maier. Storey Publishing, LLC; 2nd edition (December 1, 2008)

Naturally clean home
A fabulous little reference book to keep handy in your top kitchen drawer. By using natural ingredients you can have a clean home without toxic chemicals around doing more harm than good to yourself and your family.

Not only does this book have advice on how and what to use to clean, it also is full of interesting information about why you should be doing this. What is actually in the soaps and detergents you currently use and why natural soaps are better.

The basic ingredients used in most of the mixtures contain one or more of the following ingredients: Borax, baking soda, beeswax, pure castile soap, white vinegar, soap flakes, lanolin and others. There is advice on herbs and essential oils and how to make a starter kit – all in the getting started section.

Then each chapter focuses on a different room in the house. In the kitchen – making your own dish washing liquid, and dishwasher powder (washing soda and borax), kitchen bench and sink cleaners (baking soda and vinegar), oven cleaner (vinegar, borax and baking soda), floor wipes (herbal tea and vinegar), degreaser (castile soap, washing soda and vinegar), how to control kitchen pests, clean your fridge, removing rust and so much more. There is an equal level of detail for other rooms in the house – bathroom (disinfectants, surface cleaners), Laundry (laundry detergent, clothes fresheners, stain treatments, delicate fabrics), caring for furniture (polishes, waxes), cleaning metal, walls, carpets, even the air we breath.

This book is a complete new way (or old way) to look after your home and family.

Bath Bombs (Cozy) by Elaine Stavert. Guild of Master Craftsman (March 3, 2009)

Bath bombs – this is a good book with quite a bit of variety on how to make bath bombs for yourself or gifts. Most of the good bits of the book are in the first half, this section of the book contains the basic bath bomb recipe, how to make them, and what to put in them. Then goes into quite a bit of detail on each of the additives – essential oils, herbs, butters etc.

The recipe are all pretty much the same – the basic ingredients don’t change at all, but there are some interesting combinations of essences and herbs which do different jobs. Adding milk powders (softens the skin), green tea powder (antioxidant), coffee powder (reduces cellulite!), wheatgrass powder (for energy), cocoa butter and shea butter (softens skin), rosehip powder (comforting), ginger powder (warming). There are plenty more options and all sounds totally delicous and decadent – can’t wait till my next bath!

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 golden star April 17, 2009 at 9:53 am

Thanks for the heads-up on the book!

Did you try any of the tips? Do you think the book is worth the price?

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2 kath_red April 17, 2009 at 5:56 pm

Yes I have tried the homemade washing detergents and cleaning agents. I do think its worth trying these homemade remedies rather than commercial cleansers.

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