From Publishers Weekly
Smallin's reference guide to cleaning the home is exhaustive, easy to read and useful. It's also very similar to the many other books already available to readers on streamlining, decluttering and buffing up one's living quarters. The requisite list of recommended cleaning tools and products is present, as are the usual tips on removing stains, from candle wax to nail polish. Organizing strategist Smallin (Organizing Plain & Simple
) instructs on cleaning every room in the house; later chapters concern cleaning personal items like cosmetic brushes, hair-care tools, leather shoes and jewelry; and cleaning "mechanical systems," such as heating, air-conditioning and plumbing systems (including septic systems). Most readers will skip the "Brief History of Cleaning" section, although they'd be wise to read the sidebars, which are particularly helpful (e.g., "The Quickie Clean" box instructs readers on performing a fast cleanup for company; another advises on the perils of using carpet spot removers). The advice on clearing clutter is obvious, but may help those with clutter issues (this is one of Smallin's pet peeves; she repeatedly tells readers to "declutter before you clean"). Her home remedies are interesting, but all told, there isn't anything innovative in this resource. (Jan.)
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