Hardcover, 158 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Chronicle Books
Title :Squeaky Green: The Method Guide to Detoxing Your Home
Synopsis at www.goodreads.com
When Adam Lowry and Eric Ryan founded Method, the environmentally friendly brand of cleaning products, they used packaging stylish enough to showcase on the counter top and pleasant aromas such as green tea and cucumber to transform household products into must-have lifestyle accessories.
And when they coined the phrase "People Against Dirty," they weren't just talking about the stuff you track in on your shoes they also meant the toxic chemicals that make up many household detergents.
Packed with helpful tips and surprising facts, their first book, Squeaky Green, is a totally informative and completely entertaining room-by-room guide to giving dirty the boot. Squeaky Green is rehab for chemically dependant homes.
My Comments :
I came across this book at Method's Blogger Tea Party earlier this month. Initially I thought this is just another books "teaching" us how to clean the house using their products.
Yesterday, they couriered some products to me together with this book. Nope, am not supposed to review this book. They just need me to try out their products. This book is just "additional information" for my reference.
As I flipped through the book, I found that it's actually very entertaining. Yup...usually I dislike reading Manuals or books that says Cleaning Tips as at the end each chapter they would tell me what product to use to get things clean.
I was pleasantly surprised that this book is not one of such book. It did not drone on and on about how good is their products and nor highlight how to use their products.
It is quite surprising that this is a straight forward book. I find myself "talking" to this book and it "answering" back. Am not cuckoo yet, okay....
Here are example of my "conversation" :
On Antibacterial Soap
Book : Antibacteria soap are pesticides. Meaning the ingredients in them are used to kill bugs...bla bla bla.....
Me : Oh yea? Then why is it they use it in hospital...?
Book : .American Medical Association does not recommend antibacterial soaps...they don't recommend using it at home and don't even recommend them for use in pediatrician office...only place the recommend is in hospital... bla bla bla...antibacteria soap aren't effective at killing viruses that makes you sick.
Me : Uh...but what about flu ...touching surface that have someone with flu hand touched..I'll get from that too......
Book : ....you don't catch the common cold or flu from bacteria. You get them from viruses....
Me : *Palms on face* Science failed...
Book : .... keep in mind that antibacterial products are designed to kill living things, namely, bacterial. Guess what else is a living thing? You.
Me : .......
Book : wash your hands with good old soap and water. Done properly, it's effective in getting rid of pesky germs
Me : But I hate to think of touching a bar of soap which others had touched with their dirty hand. Sometimes I see there are line of grimes on that bar of soup. It's just so gross
Book : Danny says, if you want to offer your family and friends a fresh piece of soap each time they wash their hands, look no further than your kitchen drawer. Run a vegetable peeler across the top to make individual soap curls' display them in a bowl in the bathroom and each guests can use a thin sliver to wash their hand clean.
Yup....this book have been fun to read. There are a lot of helpful information in it and also opens my eyes on many things that I've taken for granted.
Overall, am giving this book full five stars and feels that every Mom or Dad should read this book at least once.