Mendelson, a homemaker, lawyer, and mother, learned about housekeeping from an early age from her grandmothers, one Appalachian, the other Italian. The two grandmothers taught her that although different ways of keeping house can be appropriate, there are generally smarter, faster, and more creative ways of housekeeping that make it less of a chore and more of an art. In a practical, authoritative tone, Mendelson discusses the ins and outs of homemaking, such as washing dishes, recommended cleaning methods for various surfaces, housekeeping for those with pets or allergies, and emergency preparedness and safety procedures.
Mendelson's well-researched book includes meticulous sections on food (for example, which foods belong in the fridge versus the pantry, food storage times, picking the freshest fruits and vegetables, and keeping your kitchen and food sanitary) as well as laundry (caring for various fabrics, how to read--and read between the lines of--clothing care labels, and removing stains). Mendelson covers a lot of ground, and as she herself points out, readers shouldn't feel required to do everything mentioned in the book--simply pick the activities that seem appropriate for your particular home. This is a comprehensive reference book that should serve homemakers well and induce a greater appreciation for the effort and specialized knowledge that go into keeping house. --Kris Law --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Really good information on cleaning everything you can think of. Great used book,would never know,looks like new.Published 6 days ago by JUDITH GRIMES
Outstanding!!! Now I know the reasons for all the daily chores taught me as a youth, and that I have been blindly carrying out ever since. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Entrements
I bought this book after reading the charming first chapter on Amazon, which is about the meaningful and fulfilling nature of housework. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Julien Aklei
A thorough guide to all stuff housekeeping. Good to keep as a reference or to read-through. I love the nostalgic feel this books has with the matter-of-fact information. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Vicki
If only I had the amount of idle time on my hands she apparently does, to iron underwear, fold sheets I vacuum 3x a week correctly, reline my chimney, bake scones, make my own... Read morePublished 2 months ago by No1
Amazing book. Fun to read with wonderful information for those who value cleanliness!Published 2 months ago by Heather Loomis