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Real Simple: Cleaning Spiral-bound – October 23, 2007


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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Oxmoor House (October 23, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933821396
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933821399
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 8.2 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

It is a great book with wonderful information and I highly recommend it!!
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This book has been a good basic reference for house cleaning, and the minimum frequencies at which things should be cleaned.
heathera
Much of the information is available online, but it's nice to have everything compiled in one place.
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98 of 99 people found the following review helpful By Emily Steed on February 21, 2008
Format: Spiral-bound
This book is divided into sections: first, the recommended cleaning kit is described. Then cleaning strategies for each room in the house are outlined. Next, there's a guide to cleaning common surfaces like ceilings, walls, windows, and floors. At the back of the book, there's a guide to stain removal, a cleaning calendar, and a resource guide.

My favorite part of the book is the cleaning calendar. Tasks are divided into categories based on how often they should be completed: weekly, monthly, every 3-6 months, every 6-12 months, and every year or so. As a neophyte SAHM and new home-owner, I find it helpful to have recommendations for the frequency of tasks. I found it helpful to put small "LabelOnce" brand labels on each task box so I could mark the last time I'd done it - it helps me to have a reminder of when I last vacuumed the coils on the back of the fridge, etc, especially for tasks that are performed less frequently.

Each room section begins with a "101" introduction (eg Kitchen Cleaning 101) that's fewer than 10 steps, along with a "10-minute clean" sidebar. That's followed by "The Next Steps" for more detailed cleaning. There's a page or two devoted to each part of the room (counters, sink, faucets, refrigerator/freezer, oven, stovetop, cabinets/drawers, and kitchen accessories for the kitchen section) that goes into detail about how to clean that specific element. Different advice for different materials (stainless steel, ceramic, etc) is given. Alongside these pages are sidebars with related information: protecting your counters, what's *really* on your counter, sink stopped up?, what's in your water?, defrosting your freezer, avoiding food overflow (in the oven), four more uses for oven cleaner, pantry purge (how long to keep pantry items), etc.
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By D on May 22, 2008
Format: Spiral-bound
As the child of a wonderful mother yet complete housekeeping slob, I have to admit, I truly didn't have the first idea about "how" to clean a house let alone what type of schedule I should maintain. This book was exactly what I was looking for. It has a detailed breakdown of various rooms in the house, with a guideline and specific "how to" instructions for where to start cleaning in each room, how to clean each aspect (area) of a room, and how often you should clean each component of a room. I also liked the friendly pep talk about doing just a little at a time rather than sitting on your bum watching tv, etc. I would highly recommend this to other "cleaning" challenged individuals.

My only complaint about the book is that the index did not specifically list any websites or retailers for some of the various cleaning supplies.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By a reader on July 13, 2011
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I've had this book for less than 24 hours, and I've already learned a solution to a maddening cleaning problem I've been having; when I clean my toilet, I can get the whole bowl sparkling, except for a maddening ring inside the rim due to lime or rust or something. No cleaning or scouring product, brush, or sponge I've tried can completely remove it. Enter "Real Simple: Cleaning." The solution to this problem is to use a pumice stick/stone to remove it, which is not something that ever occurred to me. I can see why people who were taught to clean as children and teens might think this book is too basic, but I was never taught such things. My mother is a wonderful woman who passed down her love of reading, kick-ass study habits, and wry sense of humor to me, but house cleaning was not a priority for her while she was working on her degree while I was a kid. She then worked 12-hour shifts without complaint so I could go to the college of my choice. Housework fell by the wayside while we were both deeply engrossed in our respective schoolwork. So as an adult, the responsibility to learn such things is on me. I really do need to know a list of the basic equipment I need for most household tasks, which types of cleaning products and methods work for different cleaning jobs, and how often I should do each type of cleaning, all of which this book provides. I'm really late to the party as far as these skills go, and am thrilled that I have such an essential book from which to learn. I've been a big Swiffer/Clorox wipes/Soft Scrub/Mr.Read more ›
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Living bicoastal on October 30, 2007
Format: Spiral-bound
It's a pretty basic guide. Though it has a nifty little calendar in it that helps u organize when what should be cleaned and how often. But u can get a paperback version in newsstands now, so check around, and it's half the original price of the spiral bound one.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Cocoanlace on February 9, 2010
Format: Spiral-bound
Like the Real Simple magazine, this how-to book appeals to my senses. The frosty cover beckons you to pick it up. And that is why I selected it to "evaluate" at my local book store recently. I have been cleaning for 50 years, first my mom's house and then my own, but even I learned a few things. Is it smart to use inexpensive white vinegar on your sink to remove hard water deposits? If you thought yes, think again! It depends on what the sink is made of. You could be etching the finish. If you use it on your bathtub floor, you could be removing the non-slip surface. These helpful gems are sprinkled throughout the book. A quickie clean up idea that never occurred to me: Visitors are ringing the doorbell and your bathroom is a mess. What do you do? Gather up your hair dryer, rollers, miscellaneous bottles & such and place them inside the shower stall and close the door! Ha! Great solution, in my opinion. The best solution is to never allow things to get that bad. And with this book, which you can purchase on Amazon used, I think you'd have all the inspiration one would need.
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