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Book review: Squeaky Green, the method guide to detoxing your home by sarahtar
April 29, 2008, 12:19 pm
Filed under: Books

Squeaky Green: The Method Guide to Detoxing Your Home

When this book arrived on my doorstep, I was completely prepared to hate it. I really detest the way advertising is creeping into our everyday lives – product placements on TV shows, informational brochures that are really just ads, etc. – and I thought this book would be more of that.

But as I read it, I really started to like it. Sure, it is published by Method, and it does mention Method products on occasion, but it’s not just a 157 page ad for Method. It’s actually informative.

The book is divided into sections – one for each room or area of your home – and then walks through the potential hazards in each area. For example, in your bedroom, there’s the flame retardants in the mattress, the pesticide residue in your sheets, dust mites on the floor and in your bed, etc. Then it gives you ideas on how to eliminate or reduce your exposure to these hazards.

It’s a great book for someone who is remodeling, redecorating, or building a new house – kind of an overview of the major areas of concern – and would also be good for just anyone who is wanting to reduce their exposure to unhealthy toxins in their home. Their suggestions are all achievable for normal, regular people.

Though I already was familiar with most of the concerns they raised in the book, one fact caught me by surprise – dryer sheets and fabric softeners. We don’t use them anyway, but the book claims that the secret ingredient that makes the clothes soft is beef fat (tallow). Uh, nasty.

It does have its drawbacks. It doesn’t back up anything it says with references. I happen to know that their assertions about the hazards of common household chemicals and residues of things found in every day items are based on fact and can be backed up by studies. But to not publish their references is a bit shady.

It also misses several obvious do-it-yourself ideas, in favor of urging you to buy a product. (For example, it discusses fabric softener and how gross it is, then encourages you to use vegetarian-friendly versions of dryer sheets instead, completely ignoring the fact that vinegar is nontoxic and makes a great fabric softener.)


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