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Not everyone will buy into Dadd's premise that common household standbys, from Drano to nail-polish remover, do not belong in the home. Yet the environmentalist author makes a compelling case for ditching chemical-laden products. Some of her recommendations seem unrealistic and, well, smelly. She hates aluminum chlorohydrate-laden antiperspirants, and recommends baking soda as an underarm alternative. In fact, baking soda is her go-to product. For an ideal kitchen cleaner, mix it with vinegar, water, and organic liquid soap. Forget synthetic perfume and nail polish; buffed nails look lovely, too. The book contains plenty of gems. Who knew that compact fluorescent lightbulbs contain mercury? Instead, choose LED or halogen bulbs, she says. Why not open windows more often, and how about substituting green tea for coffee ( one of the most toxic beverages)? Read this book with a trash can and some baking soda nearby.--Springen, Karen Copyright 2010 Booklist
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Longtime consumer advocate Dadd (Home Safe Home) offers advice on how to purge your home of hazardous substances to improve health and quality of life. Cleaning products, household textiles, food, and other everyday substances that can contain harmful toxins are discussed. Suggestions on how to live toxin free accompany each section. Dadd also discusses the dangers of environmental contaminants such as pesticides and air pollution. Appendixes educate readers further on human physiology, the effects of toxic exposure, and how to identify harmful substances. This book is much more comprehensive in scope than the onslaught of titles that limit their focus to specific kinds of materials-beauty or cleaning products, for example. Similar titles published in recent years include Myron Wentz and Dave Wentz's The Healthy Home and Beth Greer's Super Natural Home. -VERDICT The book is well organized and informative but would benefit from citations to better illustrate the hazards and health implications discussed. Those looking for a primer on household toxins and suggested alternatives will enjoy this resource.-Erin Silva Fisher, Univ. of Nevada, Reno (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.