Organic Housekeeping: In Which the Non-Toxic Avenger Shows You How to Improve Your Health|
by Ellen Sandbeck (Author)
From Publishers Weekly
According to the EPA, "the air in the average American home is between two and
ten times more polluted than the air just outside the threshold." Sandbeck, a
onetime housecleaner and roofer, explains why a homemaker must avoid toxins and
pesticides if the home is to maintain a balanced, healthy ecosystem. The first
chapter—touting the benefits of tidying up and getting organized—is tedious, but
the book hits its groove in a chapter on "Organic Cleaning." Here, readers learn
that all too often the very products we trust to keep our homes clean contain
toxins and antimicrobials that kill beneficial organisms. Sandbeck touches on a
wide array of housekeeping issues, sometimes almost straying dangerously
off-topic. From preventing mold and mildew and controlling garden pests, to
computer care and avoiding electrical fires, Sandbeck doles out knowledge with
an easy-to-digest blend of authority and humor.
"This book has everything! From clearing your clutter to protecting the health
and well-being of your family. Further, everyone wants to make a difference, and
the ideas in Organic Housekeeping make a difference for our fragile, endangered
-- Cecile Andrews, author of The Circle of Simplicity
"For anything and everything you want to know about how to keep your house truly
clean, this guide likely has the answer. Keep a copy stashed where you store
your ecofriendly cleaning supplies so it'll always be handy with the simple
solution for any cleaning dilemma."
-- Danny Seo, author of Simply Green Parties and Simply Green Giving
"Ellen Sandbeck once and for all provides a practical, commonsense guide to
cleaning up our messes -- the clutter and disorganization that keeps us from
thriving, and more important the toxins in our homes that negatively impact our
health and well-being. In a world inundated with toxins on the one hand, and an
unreasonable desire for sterility on the other, Sandbeck gives us refreshing
insight into how to live in balance, challenging us to recognize that the
oversterilization of our environment has contributed to the pandemic of allergic
and autoimmune disorders. She also guides us on how to improve our homes and our
health without constant exposure to household chemicals."
-- Dr. Mark Hyman, coauthor of Ultraprevention and author of UltraMetabolism
"Ellen Sandbeck's Organic Housekeeping is a lighthearted take on taming the
house monster, written by a kindred spirit who would rather be outdoors."
-- Barbara Damrosch, author of The Garden Primer
"As simple as it gets! Sandbeck presents some surprising solutions to age-old
cleaning challenges, complete with the 'whys' as well as the 'how-tos.'"
-- Donna Smallin, author of Cleaning Plain & Simple
"Organic Housekeeping is uncommon good sense for protecting our health and the
planet. It's sustainability with style. Read this book and save yourself and
your pocketbook too. All hail the Nontoxic Avenger!!"
-- John de Graaf, coauthor of Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic
"Ellen Sandbeck has provided the public with a fabulous catalog of useful
information that will help all of us protect our health and our environment."
-- Mary Gant, Program Analyst, National Institute of Environmental Health
Sciences, National Institutes of Health
"Throughout this book, Ellen Sandbeck's deep concern for the health of our Earth
and its citizens is obvious. She demonstrates how to help and protect ourselves
by compiling an amazing number of ways we can live our life in a healthier, more
organized and less expensive manner. It's a book you can read straight through
because it is so entertaining and helpful. I give it my eco-green thumbs up!!"
-- Tessa Hill, Chair, Children's Health Environmental Coalition and President,
Kids for Saving Earth
"This wonderful book is about far more than how to remove cooked-on grime from
skillets without poisoning yourself in the process (although it does that, too).
It's about tending a home in the way one tends a garden. The result is harmony,
serenity, and less work. Really. I took a long time to read Organic Housekeeping
because I kept leaping up mid-chapter to go off and execute another brilliant
suggestion. Thank you, Ellen Sandbeck."
-- Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D., author of Living Downstream: An Ecologist Looks at
Cancer and the Environment and Having Faith: An Ecologist's Journey to
"Organic Housekeeping is authoritative, clear, and very useful. Readers of the
book will be better equipped to protect themselves from the deluge of synthetic
chemicals which surround us."
-- Herbert L Needleman M.D., coauthor of Raising Healthy Children in a Toxic World
Hardcover: 448 pages
Publisher: Scribner (May 9, 2006)