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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (December 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580176070
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580176071
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.9 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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“A complete guide to cleaning every room of the house introduces hundreds of quick, efficient, and effective tips and techniques on how to maintain a clean home environment,…” – Paper Clips

 

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Good reference book with a lot of really good ideas!
crock2579
This book is a reference guide with hundreds of ideas to help you solve your everyday cleaning challenges.
Ellen P. Lafleche-christian
This book has great pictures and is also very well organized.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Ellen P. Lafleche-christian on October 29, 2011
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This book is a reference guide with hundreds of ideas to help you solve your everyday cleaning challenges. Starting out, you learn the basics of how to get ready, develop strategies and clear clutter (I really need this part.).

Once you have made your way through that section, you move on to tacking challenges room by room including floor to ceiling, high traffic areas, kitchen; bed, bath and nursery; laundry and storage and other living areas. You will also learn about cleaning clothes, pet cleanup and personal items. I love the section on household challenges. Clean air, household systems, pests and seasonal and special occasion challenges are things I really need help with because they are easy to over look since they don't happen often. There's even an appendix with laundry solutions and further resources. The index is organized by topic so when I am looking for something, it's easy to find.

I really appreciate that the solutions in this book urge you to use products you probably already have in the home. We all know we can go to the store and BUY some sort of expensive cleaner. It's when you don't want to go to the store for a solution that it becomes more challenging. Many of these suggestions offer solutions that use baking soda, vinegar, dishwashing liquid, bleach and other products you probably already have at home.

I definitely find this book helpful. It's well organized. It offers solutions that I can use without having to spend a lot of money. It's broken down into small, easy to read and implement suggestions that I can do as I have time without spending hours trying to tackle each job. Definitely a help to this overworked mom.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By D. Binns on February 22, 2008
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I like Donna's books. I have several of them. I guess it's the way she puts things. She just makes you feel good. She doesn't try to talk down to you. Nor does she make you feel like your a dummy. Or just over do it. I have many organizer books. I think she has the best way to clean & de-clutter. I hope you like it as much as I did.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By M. Spain on March 7, 2008
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I cleaned my windows today using the Grandpa's Best Window-Washing recipe and it beats any other window cleaner I have used. For that alone I give this book 5 stars.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By J. Wells on February 3, 2008
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Tons of useful information, not only for cleaning, but also for getting organized in general.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By JCole on May 23, 2008
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This book is the best! I've cleaned all the big chores (in a weekend), the walls, the stove, the fridge... Every method used in this book works great!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Davis on September 18, 2011
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I found this to be an excellent reference for all sorts of cleaning questions. It is concise, while allowing for options depending upon one's cleaning style.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Cari L. Yates on November 23, 2009
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This book is so awesome. It's full of great information including some recipes to make your own cleaners. (which are actually better so far than most of the things I buy) If you need it cleaned... you can probably find out how to in this book. It's unreal how incredibly detailed this book is. I HIGHLY recommend it to everyone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TSiletz on December 12, 2012
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I like this book a lot. It is to the point and offers some good tips. I also like that it has recipes for making your own cleaning solutions that don't require the use of harsh chemicals.
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More About the Author

Donna Smallin Kuper has been on a mission to organize the world for more than a decade. She jokes about sneaking in the back door of the organizing industry when no one was looking. But she definitely found her home there as a bestselling author/organizing expert. In 2006, she was given the Founders Award from the National Association of Professional Organizers for outstanding contributions to the industry. She's also a certified Household Cleaning Technician. Her organizing and cleaning tips appear regularly in Real Simple, Better Homes & Gardens, and other popular magazines. A native upstate New Yorker, she currently lives a life of simple abundance on the road with her husband in their motorhome. They split their time between San Diego, Phoenix, the Pacific Northwest, and the Great Northeast. She blogs at www.unclutter.com/blog.

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