Book Review: Better Basics for the Home

This is the book that I use most often. Better Basics for the Home: Simple Solutions for Less Toxic Living by Annie Berthold-Bond is a recipe book for everything from hair dye to car wax and sink scrubbers to under-eye cream. The vast majority of these recipes are simple and user-friendly; much cheaper than an off-the-shelf product; and use gentle, easy-to-find ingredients like vinegar, baking soda, salt, lavender oil, and aloe vera gel. With this book, making your own toiletries and household cleaners is a lot easier than worrying about what’s in the store-bought stuff – not to mention a helluva lot more fun!

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4 Responses to Book Review: Better Basics for the Home

  1. You betcha! There’s a subsection of recipes for babies (“diaper concerns,” super-gentle cleanser, non-petroleum baby oil, cradle cap cream, etc). The simplest recommendation for diaper rash is plain aloe vera gel, but there’s also a recipe for zinc oxide cream and a salve with calendula.

  2. We have sometng similar here in Brazil! It’s always good to have one more source of ideas to help at home, though!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Kisses from Nydia.