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Good Housekeeping The Complete Household Handbook, Revised Edition: The Best Ways to Clean, Maintain & Organize Your Home Paperback


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Product Details

  • Series: Good Housekeeping
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Hearst; Revised edition (April 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1588165965
  • ISBN-13: 978-1588165961
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 8.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,271,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

This extensive, phenomenally organized volume lives up to its title: with this household handbook, there's no need for another. The book even manages to make such dry subjects as loading a dishwasher and installing lock sets reader-friendly and reasonably interesting. The chapters—beginning with cleaning and going through laundry and clothes care, food and the kitchen, decorating, storage and home office solutions, maintenance and repairs, home finances, and safety—are logically subdivided to help readers find topics quickly. They feature frequent boxes containing helpful suggestions ("keep a sponge mop just for rinsing floors; it is almost impossible to get all the cleaning solution out of a mop"), time savers ("paint large areas more quickly with the help of a power roller"), dollar stretchers, safety tips and advice on how to shop for specific items. Diagrams, checklists and focused sidebars (such as how to hang pictures, in the home decorating chapter) round out the detailed coverage. Neat freaks will pore over this work as if it were a suspense novel; the rest of the population will be glad to take its easy-to-follow advice as needed. (Apr.) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review

“No matter how experienced a homeowner you are, there’s sure to be something surprising in this thorough book.”  —USA Today

“As expected, The Good Housekeeping Institute provides a cogent, practical reference on just that…has a design and visual appeal that make it browsable…Highly recommended.” —Library Journal (starred review)

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66 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Annette Hester on October 25, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book for my young bachelor son; but after going through it, I am going to keep it and buy him another one. It is up to date on cleaning products, and tells you about so many things that most other books of this type don't tell you; such as, diagrams on how to iron, how to sew. It tells you when fruits and vegetables are in season and how to tell when they are ripe. I think it is the most complete book of it's kind that I have ever seen. It would be excellent for newly weds, bachelor sons or daughters just getting their 1st apartment. And it is great for someone that has been housekeeping for over 30 years...like me!! Buy it, you won't regret it!
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By taxlady on August 23, 2005
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is chock full of valuable information,would make a wonderful gift for a newlywed couple or do-it-yourself couple.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Melony Hammeren on March 25, 2009
Format: Paperback
If you aren't married to a Mr or Ms Fix It, Clean It, etc., etc., then you need to get this book. It will save you lots of time and money many times over. It would also make a great housewarming gift for any new homeowner (or even a renter).
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Linda C. Ayotte on April 5, 2008
Format: Paperback
I wish I would have had this book when I first became 100% responsible for my dwelling! This book is practical and tells you how to clean, how to take care of and manage a household. Every teenager heading off to college, or newly married couple should receive this book as a gift into real adulthood!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By H. Lindley on February 16, 2010
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There are two young women in the family, 21 and 26, both strong minded, independent and unattached. I can't be there for them all the time, and they probably wouldn't ask for help anyway. But this book is the true soup to nuts of living on your own. Common sense and extremely helpful, with good explanations. This should be a required gift for anyone going out on their own.
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