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Mrs. Meyer's Clean Home: No-Nonsense Advice that Will Inspire You to CLEAN like the DICKENS Flexibound – March 2, 2009


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Product Details

  • Flexibound: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Life & Style (March 2, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446544590
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446544597
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 6.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #502,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Always thrify Thelma Meyer raised nine children in Iowa and kept the house clean. She helps promote the Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day products.

Monica Meyer is Founder and President of Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day. She spent many years as a brand builder for leading retailers, and was a marketing executive at Target.

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Customer Reviews

This book is going to be a new automatic housewarming gift from me.
Allison M. Campbell
My expectation had been that, since the book was a Mrs Meyer product, it would strongly promote the use of other Mrs Meyer products.
Caroline O'Malley
I would highly recommend it to anyone in charge of cleaning & keeping up a home.
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96 of 111 people found the following review helpful By an avid reader on June 15, 2009
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Having used many of Mrs. Meyer's cleaning products over the years and having found all of them both effective and pleasant to use, I looked forward to this book. In fact, I bought a copy for myself and one to give as a gift. And the online excerpts looked promising.

But, on receiving and reading the book itself --- what a keen disappointment! The book appears to have been self-published because the absence of professional editing is striking. The text is ponderously heavy on family lore and reminiscences, used in a way that frequently crowds out useful advice. The formatting uses sketches and enlarged graphics in place of substantive text. And the substance of the text itself is problematic.

There are some helpful lists given. But beyond those, there are concerns. Some of the advice is painfully obvious ("flush toilets after every use") and some just plain bad. We're told, for instance, to clean a refrigerator when it begins to smell (!) and then to "unplug it and take everything out." This is poor household management. A better, less time-consuming practice is to clean a shelf a week: move everything to one side and clean the empty side with a cloth wrung out of a solution of two tablespoons baking soda to one gallon of hot water. Dry the cleaned side, move things to the clean surface and clean the other side, sorting outdated items as you go. This piecemeal cleaning, done at least once a week, completely avoids the crisis mode of Mrs. Meyer's choice.

More troubling are the lapses in taste that even cross the boundary into vulgarity. Beyond the admonition about flushing every time there is, for one example, her four-year-old's graphic description of a stray cat giving birth (repeated twice in case you weren't sufficiently grossed out the first time).
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Deborah VINE VOICE on February 21, 2009
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To someone who is learning how to keep house for the first time on their own, this book is a godsend! Since moving into my own place, I've been learning that cleaning the house is NOT an easy task but it's something that must be done. This book will help out the complete novice who's never had to clean a day in their life to the well seasoned housekeeper who knows all the little tricks of the trade. The book tackles each room in the house in their own chapter. Throughout that chapter, the reader learns how to maintain everything in the room from shelves to the ceiling, under the bed to the shower curtains, practically everything you could imagine. There's little tips and tricks throughout the book that will grab your attention and make you want to try them out immediately. Each chapter starts off with a toolbox list of the things you will need to clean each particular room. Pretty much everything is on grounds for cleaning down to your car and driveway and your pets as well. It's written in an informative yet entertaining style. Even those who are neat freaks and clean every day will get a kick out of this book. Really there's no excuse for you to say you don't have time or don't know how to clean after reading this book. This is a book that every home should have a copy of. Like the last page of the book says: "A Clean Home is a Happy Home!"
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Allison M. Campbell on March 15, 2009
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This book is going to be a new automatic housewarming gift from me. Mrs. Meyer packs every page with valuable information, motivation, funny anecdotes, and handy tips. Somehow, even in the litany of cleaning tasks she teaches the reader to tackle, she doesn't make it seem like a daunting task to have a clean, pleasant home that makes you and your family feel happy. It helps that she's practical to the utmost. She raised nine children, and her standard of clean was not "immaculate," but rather, "livable." If you tend to get bogged down in trying to make everything perfectly clean, Mrs. Meyer will not only help you focus on organizing your attempts at cleaning and on doing something instead of nothing, she gives you the tools you need to do so. The book is organized by room (or area) of the house/yard, and includes a sample schedule of daily, weekly, monthly, and seasonal cleaning tasks. Attempting to follow this schedule is strangely freeing. Even if we miss a day's tasks, there's a make-up/rest day built in, and Mrs. Meyer is encouraging and inspiring. There is no sense that a level of perfection can be reached while people are actually living in and enjoying the home, but she makes the reader feel inspired to at least try. And those attempts make visible improvements. An "emergency" guide for making the house seem clean when company is on the way is as indispensable as the rest of the book. Mrs. Meyer is also frugal and environmentally conscious, so her cleaning methods are focused on that angle, which I thought was fantastic. Even better, these inexpensive, non-hazardous methods actually work, often better than the purchased harsh chemicals. I highly recommend this book to anyone who doesn't have a staff to keep the house clean and organized.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Caroline O'Malley on June 19, 2010
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I was given this book as a housewarming present when I moved into my first apartment. My aunt's assumptions about my housekeeping skills aside, I do like this book. It's organized logically, provides specific directions for different materials, and has amusing little sidebars and anecdotes.

One thing that pleasantly surprised me was the fact that, despite the Mrs Meyer's logo on the front, the text itself barely mentions the line of products. My expectation had been that, since the book was a Mrs Meyer product, it would strongly promote the use of other Mrs Meyer products. Not so; the book relies on generic cleaners such as baking soda, vinegar and lemon juice. It's refreshingly non-commercial.
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