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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Taunton Press; First Edition edition (January 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561589942
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561589944
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,612,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Great Read." - People magazine" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Jeff Bredenberg is the former senior editor at Rodale Books. He lives in Philadelphia, PA.

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I bought one for myself and one for each of my 3 daughters.
Judith Calk
Get that family to cleaning too, by making it easier, faster by using the cheats outlined in this book.
Susanne Koenig
Well written to be entertaining and easy to read, it's just full of helpful advice.
Carrie

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80 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Susanne Koenig on January 3, 2007
Format: Paperback
Do you feel like housework is just all too much? Are you still trying, in vain, to clean the house like your mother did, even though you have two kids, a career, and a home all at once? Or are you just sick of trying to keep up with everybody's mess?

Then look no further, this is the book for you. How to Cheat At Cleaning is Jeff Bredenberg's new book for the rest of us who don't have designer pails full of aesthetically-pleasing homey-looking mail-order cleaning supplies that all smell of lavender. This is the practical person's how-to that not only shows you how to clean faster and easier, but eases up a lot of guilt you feel at not getting the house as clean as mom did.

For instance, he gives you a 7 minute cleaning routine for the bathroom that really works. He shows you what needs to be done and what can be dropped from your cleaning routine, such as laundering shower curtains. Just toss 'em, he says, and buy another. Its an easier, faster way of getting things done, extremely practical with a lot of cost-effectiveness thrown in to boot.

I'd also like to add there is a LOT of useful tid-bits of information in easy-to-read asides on all sorts of house-reated subjects, my favorite being a microbiologist's standpoint on the five-second rule and useful facts like the middle stalls in the public restrooms have the least germs. He also addresses the need to put your spouse and family to work to help you acheive your housecleaning goals in a nag-free approach. This information itself is worth the price of the purchase book alone--I mean, why should you be cleaning the house by yourself? Get that family to cleaning too, by making it easier, faster by using the cheats outlined in this book. (The easier it is for them to clean, the less you have to nag).
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By C. Wilson on February 6, 2007
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I read the book in about 3 days. I've got a new outlook on how to clean my house. I know that alot of the information is basically, common knowledge, but there are somethings that I learned that I didn't know before. The thought to get rid of the small things that you have to move around to dust, helps to remind ourselves, make everything simple on yourself. A very interesting read, worth your time.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Musician on February 15, 2007
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I bought my wife this book hoping that she would take the dust-mite "don't make the bed" hint to heart. That didn't happen, but it's still a practical and, at times, oddly effective approach to household management. She has taken many of it's recommendations to heart and so have I.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Judith Calk on May 25, 2007
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I bought one for myself and one for each of my 3 daughters. Everyone loves it. Wonderful ways to clean in the kitchen without having chemicals where you cook your food. Great hints for the whole house--saves hours of cleaning time.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By D. Sandbrand on June 6, 2009
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Some gems hidden within this book, but frankly, I felt like I wasted my time. I really was appalled to read that the author seriously told readers to buy disposable cutlery, and dishware for the kitchen in order to save time. He even tried to make it sound like it was a wash both environmentally and financially. Same went for diapers.
I felt this was rather irresponsible.
if you read this book, be warned. this is for the seriously non-eco friendly reader and seemingly for the financially well-to-do, as he recommends pretty much every disposable product out there.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By B. H. Stewart on January 18, 2009
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This purchase was a rare case in which I was not in some way disappointed after actually getting the book in my hands and leafing through it. It starts out by giving you a list of cleaning tools and products that will make the job easier and then discusses practical ways of keeping your home clean and well organized. This is not a book for the neat-freaks among us. If espying a teensy-weensy speck of dust on the drapes sends you into deep depression, then you'd be better off with a Martha Stewart book or, if you can afford it, a weekly maid service. But if you want to keep your abode presentable and neat, then this book is a good place to start. There are neat little ideas about how to maintain your clean spaces, such as wiping out the bathroom sink with a disposable wipe each time you use it. And one of the most helpful hints for me was to always tackle cleaning chores in small bits. The idea of having to spend an entire day cleaning used to cause the very kind of stress that led me to procrastination. It's much easier to deal with the idea of spending a half-hour or so spiffying up the bathroom than of tackling every room in the house. If housework is not your idea of the way to spend your days off, then this is the book for you. The title is a little misleading, because even though the author provides some shortcuts, he is not suggesting that we literally sweep the dirt under the rug (though if company is coming you might even consider that temporary solution as a last resort with no guilt whatsoever.) Don't expect any amazingly new ideas in this book; many of the suggestions are just plain common sense, but it's great to have them so well-presented and organized. And though the author recommends a few state-of-the-art cleaning appliances, he does not push them and suggests many ways of cleaning that just involve the usual suspects: rag, mop, broom, etc.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Romance reader on November 11, 2007
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I'm still going through this book, but I've read enough to give a review. Jeff Bredenberg is a highly entertaining writer. In fact, if you had no intention of changing your cleaning habits, you could buy the book and read it through for its snappy humor. But in fact, there are some good pointers in here on cleaning. I think he relies too much on disposables (buy! buy! buy!), but as he states, take what advise you want and don't sweat the rest. The book is upbeat and fun to read. I bought another book on how to eliminate clutter; the first chapter was so depressing I put the book aside. Cheat at Cleaning also has an index, which is very helpful.
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