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Clean It! A to Z Guide of How To Clean Your Home : 667 Ideas For Cleaning Everything,The Quick & Easy Way (Gleam Guru Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Colette Leigh
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Let’s face it: cleaning your home can be a major frustration. There are spills to clean up. Endless surfaces to dust. Rugs to vacuum. Add all this to the busy life you lead with work, family, and friends, and it’s no wonder you need quick and effective tips on housecleaning.

That’s exactly where “Clean It! A to Z Guide to Cleaning Everything” comes into play!

From tough stains to delicate surfaces, from cherished family heirlooms that need restoration to common, everyday objects that can be recycled and reused, there are 667 topics, organized alphabetically, for your convenience in this special housecleaning guide.

What’s more, the cheaper and eco-friendly methods you’ll find in this guide are generally preferred whenever possible. We did this to ensure you don't throw good money down the drain on high-end commercial products, when the solution was right in front of you all the time.

So, what do you need in order to keep your home spotless and your family safe and healthy? Everybody should have a healthy stock of laundry detergent (at least one mild, for delicate garments, and a heavy-duty one), two types of dish detergent (a non-abrasive and an abrasive detergent), stain remover, white vinegar, baking soda, washing soda, ammonia, bleach, rubbing alcohol, and an oven cleaner. Make sure you store these products away from the reach of children, since many are toxic.

Before we get into these cleaning tips, it's important to learn how to use these items responsibly in order to protect yourself against accidents. For instance, bleach should never be combined with ammonia, as it releases toxic fumes. Many substances, such as kerosene or turpentine, are highly flammable. Oven cleaners are very effective on stains, but they're also very damaging to your skin. Lye causes severe chemical burns, and should never come in contact with skin. Your closet of cleaning supplies should therefore also include several pairs of gloves, latex ones, but also a chemical-resistant pair, safety glasses, and clothing that cover your hands and legs completely, and a first-aid kit, just in case.

You also need a collection of sponges (soft and abrasive), brushes, paintbrushes, and wire brushes, rags and cloths – in particular micro-fiber, lint-free cloths, which can save you hours of work – mops and dusters, cotton swabs, and several buckets of different sizes. Do not forget to clean these items regularly; otherwise you'll just be transferring germs to the cleaned objects!

Last but not least, there comes a time when you have to accept that an object is beyond rescue. Some spots that appear to be stains are in fact scratches or deep damage that cannot be removed. In other cases, the material is so delicate that any scrubbing will completely ruin the object. Finally, every cleaner has to admit that once in a while you come across a stain that simply beats the most advanced techniques in the world. There's no shame in turning to professional help when you need it, and there's no reason to sweat and scrub for hours when you're dealing with an item that should have been replaced years ago.

In the end, the key to maintaining a spotless house is to combine patience and common sense. Be prepared to wash, rinse, repeat many times, but not to the point where you end up spending twenty hours a day with the mop and the sponge!

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  • File Size: 307 KB
  • Print Length: 140 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: 3D4T; 1-3 edition (December 14, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to Clean ANYTHING! December 16, 2012
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I also had one of those tiny paperback books about how to clean anything. Not only is it outdated but it wasn't complete. There were so many cleaning situations not covered. I think this book has everything in it. There's an A to Z alphabetical index. Click on "B" and among other things you'll find bassinets, bathtubs, bathroom drains, battery terminals, bed bugs, beer stains, beets, berber carpets, bicycles, black mold and so on. There are some food items included like vegetables, blue crabs, broccoli etc and I can see myself checking those as well. This is a great resource book that you'll use when you have a specific stain or cleaning need.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Trust me, YOU need this! December 16, 2012
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I still have two paperback books I purchased years ago on how to clean this and that; they're not only stained and worn, but they're now outdated. I grabbed this at 99 cents and started scrolling through. This is a great find - one that every household should have as reference only because it contains so much more than my books did!

Included in this book not only the usual, like how to clean flooring and marks off a wall, but how to clean artichokes. I checked individual fruits - which isn't listed - but there is an entry for the general cleaning of fruits and vegetables. I was surprised to see that it also covers cleaning things in the garage, cookware, and gold. This is very inclusive; the only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is due to the way the info is organized. It would have been nice to have it sectioned by types of cleaning, but instead it's indexed alphabetically. That's not bad; just a personal preference. Highly recommend this book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love stuff like this December 16, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Love the ideas in this book because I believe, as humans, we should be able to outsmart pests instead of just pouring toxic chemicals on them. For instance, ants. You can rid yourself of them with white vinegar. I'd much rather use a smart idea like this than start spraying the Raid all over.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Oddly arranged February 3, 2013
By Mary
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I have found books helpful for cleaning in the past. The title here is a little off, I think. It isn't exactly about cleaning house. It's about cleaning particular things. These things are in alphabetical order. If you have rings on wood furniture -- look under H for heat rings. If you want to clean plastic items that have turned yellow -- look under Yellowing. Similarly, you can find under Yellowing how to clean silk that has turned yellow. There are instructions under Z for cleaning Zucchini Blossoms. There are directions for cleaning White Buck under W, of course. I scanned the book, read a number of suggestions, and I didn't find anything particularly new or helpful. Fortunately, the book was free.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great resource May 5, 2013
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If you have something to clean and you don't know how, then this is the book for you. It's very informative.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly Surprised December 18, 2012
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This one gets an A-plus in my book for sure - natural methods, solutions for problems that i've had in my household - and without using toxins - I LOVE IT!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! December 17, 2012
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667 ideas !!!! Not only are they great and super easy, they are also environmentally friendly! This is the guide every person should have handy in their homes! the guide is very well organized alphabetically so that is simple and fast to find what you need. Get Organize helped me, now this guide will make sure I keep it up ! My home thanks the Cleaning guru! Or now I sure have the right tools to ensure my home is neat and livable !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very motivating December 16, 2012
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This book came along when I needed inspiration because, let's face it, everyone gets tired of cleaning. It had a refreshing way of organizing the chores into a manageable schedule. It encouraged me to make my own. My home while not perfect is a much improved and more restful place.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 15 days ago by June E. Hallam
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
I truly love these kind of books that give tips about real life!!!
Published 16 days ago by Lucky mama
5.0 out of 5 stars Clean It
If you have questions on cleaning, this book gives all the answers on how to clean just about everything. Awesome.
Published 6 months ago by Nancy C. Lepri
4.0 out of 5 stars good tips
There was a lot more tips on cleaning than I thought there would be, pretty good! Would probably buy another of this authors books.
Published 7 months ago by Monica
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book.
If you want some handy tips then I would recommend this book. Who can't use some tips for cleaning? Hope this helps.
Published 7 months ago by Fivemile
1.0 out of 5 stars For free, ok. $$-no way.
Started reading this and thought it was pretty weird. It lists in alphabetical order numerous random items and how to clean them. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Cleanin' Mommy
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but buy the hard copy.
A lot of it you've heard or read before, but it's nice to have it all in one place now. BUT--I'd recommend hard copy over Kindle. Read more
Published 9 months ago by 50s LabRat
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for a free book
I received this book as a free offer on BookBub. If it hadn't been a free posting, I probably wouldn't have looked twice at it, nor would I have paid money for it.
Published 11 months ago by Andrea Schartz
1.0 out of 5 stars boring
I didn't really find anything new or very useful in this book. I guess I am too old, there are never any new tricks.
Published 12 months ago by L. Himes
5.0 out of 5 stars Handy....
Dandy.....nice to have it all in one place. Like the fact you can mostly use common things you already have!
Published 12 months ago by Sue hayes
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More About the Author

Colette Leigh is a busy wife and mother of three children, two Labradors and a work at home husband, and they live in wonderful Wyoming.

Despite the constant onslaught of papers, toys and visiting children, she manages to keep the family home organized and clutter free, and was cajoled into writing her first book by her best friends, Laurie, May and Jennifer.

This book went on to become the international bestselling title 'Get Organized! Your 12 Month Home Clutter Killer Guide'

Colette has followed up the success of this book with a second title 'Store This! Simple Home Storage Systems & House Organization Solutions'.


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