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Home-Ec 101: Skills for Everyday Living - Cook it, Clean it, Fix it, Wash it [Kindle Edition]

Heather Solos , Jacqueline Musser
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Book Description

Real Skills for Real Life

From keeping your home clean and in good repair to preparing your own food, self-sufficiency rocks. Having an understanding of the domestic arts gives you a sense of control over your life. These skills also help you save money, not by chasing deals, but by teaching the principle of the mantra: Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without. Life skills are the essence of frugality. Whether you just moved out of your parent’s basement or you cut the apron strings a while ago, you’ll learn the skills you need to manage your household.

Inside you’ll find:

  • Quick, easy cleaning solutions for every room of the house, so you can get the job done and get on with life

  • Instructions for removing stubborn stains and offensive odors from fabric

  • Simple fixes to wardrobe malfunctions including broken zippers, missing buttons, and fallen hemlines

  • Troubleshooting advice for common problems with home appliances

  • A minimum home maintenance guide to prevent or catch major repair problems

  • A basic plumbing tutorial that includes clearing and preventing clogs, stopping a running toilet and retrieving items dropped down a drain

  • Ideas for healthy and fast meal planning so you can start cooking and stop relying on takeout or preservative-packed convenience food

  • Definitions of common cooking terms and techniques found in recipes

  • Plans for stocking a pantry so you can make dinner (even if you haven’t been grocery shopping in a week) and be prepared when disaster strikes

  • A complete rundown of essential kitchen equipment from knives to pans to small appliances

Equip yourself with the skills you need for everyday life.

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Heather Solos created in 2007. The site had nearly 400,000 visitors in 2009. The website and the author have been featured by StrollerDerby, ParentDish, Lowcountry Parent, The Post and Courier, and ReadCharlie. The website was also cited as a reference in Woman's Day Magazine. Solos has served as a featured blogger on Type-A Mom and Blissfully Domestic. Hidden by her monitor, Heather Solos is charming, a little snarky, and can answer household questions with the greatest of ease. In public, she's a little shy and happiest at the nerd's table riffing on web tech and shiny toys over beer and nachos. At home in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, she's a writer and blogger. She stays busy with four kids and a patient husband who doesn't seem to mind living in a test kitchen where food must be photographed before it is served.

Product Details

  • File Size: 744 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Betterway Home (March 3, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004MYFL0O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,423 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost makes chores enjoyable February 15, 2011
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I love having this book available in an e book. It is great, because it is easily searchable for whatever cooking or cleaning advice you might need. It is very easy to navigate, and I found myself using it within a day of me downloading the book for the best way to remove wallpaper, and it worked great. The hints, how-tos, and tips are concise and well tested, written with wise words, sprinkled with humor. This is a book that is good for just about anyone. I have a feeling I will be giving this book to the newly graduated college kids in my life, as well as first time homeowners, or those newlyweds. We all stand to benefit from the wisdom that Heather Solos has provided us with, all without the information overload of searching the web for it.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book March 20, 2011
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This is a great book! I wish I'd had it when I was setting up my first home away from home. And even then, wish my mom had had it too! Had many chuckles flipping through this book, and the conversational tone makes it far more readable, enjoyable, and thus useful, than most other references on this subject. Despite having been a home maker for over a decade, I learned a few new tricks looking through. The charts in this book alone make it well worth its value. Tips on how not to mix your cleansers into a deadly concoction, disaster preparedness for the conspiracy theorist and unfortunate realist alike, down to simple things like menu planning and chore charts. A must have for any household.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, quirky, immensely helpful March 19, 2011
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Full of hints, tips and techniques written in that funny, quirky Heather style. If you know Heather (I do), you'll know what I mean. If you don't know Heather, you'll get an idea of the kind of person she's like as you read the book. Perhaps the most entertaining book on home economics you'll ever read.

Heather's book, like her website [...] is divided into 4 sections: Cook it, Clean it, Wash it, Fix it. Each section includes tips, techniques, hints and suggestions for dealing with various parts of the household, interspersed with posts from the website. You'll find the toilet cleaning tutorial on pg 66. Basic mending techniques for clothing are covered in chapter 10. Save time dealing with laundry by skipping the underwear folding (pg 119). Do you burn water in the kitchen? Head straight for the Cook it section.

It's a great book to read that will leave you chuckling and ready to take on the house.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This isn't Hints from Heloise... it is so much more! April 13, 2011
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Look out GoodHousekeeping! Move over Betty Crocker! Heloise, you day as reigning champion of household tips is over! If there is a book that is the 21st century standard that should be a gift for every new couple starting out, it is [author: Heather Solos] Home-Ec 101.

From the cover, to the topics covered, it starts to look like (and is probably an homage to) a 1950's "housewife guide book." Fortunately for the reader, Heather's writing personality and writing style come through wonderfully, and rather than your static, boring how to, you get fresh, current, real world tips and ideas that are useful *today* (after all how many people are still trying worried about caring and storage for a mink stoll these days?)

This book is essentially a "Cliff Notes" version of the website. This is a good thing, because first, it gives many basic day to day problems a solution and keeps them at your fingertips (because, if the power is out, it is hard to look for a solution on how to fix it on a computer with no power, isn't it?), and because that means, when you are done with this book (though, are you ever really "done" with a good reference book?), there is a whole world more information available from Heather readily available for you to continue reading. Unlike your favorite thriller author where you will have to wait months if not years for the next installment, you can see tips and tricks that didn't make this book, and the possible tips and solutions that may make up the next edition, as they are being developed... on a basically daily basis.

If there is one drawback to this book, it is that by making it so clearly a sort of tongue in cheek dedication to the 1950's housewife, it will not be picked up by as many men as it probably should be.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
There are so many great tips in this handy lil' 240-page book that it was difficult to highlight just a few so I decided to highlight one of my fave picks from each section.

Let's begin with Clean It, this section deals with the two types of floors found in our homes: hard and carpeting. Hard covers any non-carpeted floor. Heather explains the tools necessary to clean each floor type and even highlights some "no-nos". For example, I didn't know bleach was a no-no on my linoleum floors. Yikes, I have been known to add a cap or two of bleach to my mop water. I didn't know bleach could damage the finish. Oops!

Section 2 covers the beloved laundry. *insert sarcasm here* My fave tip from this section was how to tackle the "Oops I did it again" and left the clothes in the washer overnight and now they have this musty odor. Who knew getting rid of that odor was so simple? And why didn't they share this knowledge with those of us, like myself, who notoriously leave that last load in the washer overnight?

Release your inner Handyman and check out Section 3. There are some tips in this section on plumbing and covering up household boo-boos. You know the hole in the wall where the humunga chunga family pic used to hang. Or what to do when something that wasn't supposed to go down the drain, goes down the drain like the super bouncy ball that clogged up our bathtub for so long that we finally ended up calling the plumber who replaced the pipes and two weeks later hubby discovered the super bouncy ball.

Lastly, is the perfect section for anyone who could use a little help in the kitchen.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love this reference book. It is snarky and a fun read.
Published 25 days ago by Gregory P. Der
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Published 3 months ago by Xenia
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Bought it as a gift for a new home owner.
Published 5 months ago by Decaf Drinker
5.0 out of 5 stars Is a great book use for homeschooling my daughter
Fast and lots of information. Is a great book use for homeschooling my daughter.
Published 8 months ago by DEBBIE fleming
5.0 out of 5 stars Martha Stewart for the rest of us
I can't write a long review, because now I love cleaning my house!
Published 8 months ago by Alice in AZ
2.0 out of 5 stars Author takes 100 words to say what can be said in 25
This author doesn't really have too much to say, so goes overboard with details on how you should clean, ways to get things clean, etc. What she did say wasn't that great.
Published 11 months ago by ModestPrude
4.0 out of 5 stars A great book to go to occassionally
A good book to read and have for a quick answer when needed. Very informative, great inspiration, good ideas to follow. Thanks.
Published 16 months ago by ire
4.0 out of 5 stars Just Like High School- Sorta
This isn't a retro reproduction book this is meant to be a resource/training book. Layout is good and I look forward to browsing it more but looking for a specific solution was... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Richard Dietzel
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This is a great book that provides many helpful tips to use around the home. This book gives basic ideas to use.
Published 23 months ago by S. Collins
2.0 out of 5 stars Did not like
It was not quite what I expected it to be. I don't think it is worth the money or time .
Published 23 months ago by Dorothy E.
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Hidden by her monitor, Heather Solos is charming, a little snarky, and can answer household questions with the greatest of ease. In public, she's a little shy and happiest at the nerd's table riffing on web tech and shiny toys over beer and nachos. At home in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, she's a writer and blogger. She stays busy with four kids and a patient husband who doesn't seem to mind living in a test kitchen where food must be photographed before it is served. Visit her website at

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