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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Marsh Creek Press; 2 edition (October 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593375069
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593375065
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Don Aslett, owner and founder of one of the USA's largest and most successful cleaning companies - and self-made millionaire, has revolutionised both the home and the workplace with his popular cleaning services, products and books

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Don Aslett, owner and founder of one of the USA's largest and most successful cleaning companies--and self-made millionaire--has revolutionized both the home and the workplace with his popular cleaning services, products, and books

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Plus, I can have that nice, clean, "Saturday afternoon" feeling every day of the week.
Books&Brownies
The book contains great tips and reaffirmed many cleaning ideas I have come up on my own over the years.
Cathy Hatch
After reading How to have a 48-hour day I couldn't wait to read another one of his books.
Martha

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71 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Books&Brownies on July 21, 2009
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This book has entirely changed the way I approach housework. I used to be in a constant state of discouragement about the state of my home, even when I tried so hard to stay on top of things. I would cringe whenever visitors were over, because I knew my home wasn't as inviting as I wanted it to be. I'm not a perfectionist by any means, but I DO want a home that's not messy and unpleasant.

Now, things are different. I feel in control. I have time to focus on my family and other important things. My family responds so much better to cleanliness and order around them. I am actually really enjoying the housework now, and feeling a huge sense of satisfaction in spending minimal amounts of time doing what used to take me FOREVER. My home is far from perfect, but it's a vast improvement.

In a nutshell, here are the basic ideas of what this book is all about:

1. Aslett gives a very concise and helpful explanation of the basic cleaning chemicals and equipment that you need. It's all much simpler than most people think. I realized that most of my cleaning chemicals/supplies from the grocery store were unnecessary and ineffective, and now I have chemicals that actually work, and supplies that make the work SO much faster and easier.

2. Much of the housework can be either severely minimized or prevented entirely, if you take preemptive measures. And Aslett shows you exactly what measures to take. Preventing housework takes much less time and effort than doing housework. Of course you can't ever entirely get rid of the work, but you'd be surprised how much of the cleaning your house can do for you.

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn J. on January 6, 2009
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When I was a new stay-home mom, I was overwhelmed with housework. I bought a lot of "how to clean the house books", and they were mostly the tricks of how other moms do it. Don Aslett is different: he is a Janitor. He says, "Don't clean the way your mom taught you; do it like the professionals!" Janitors have to get it done quickly and efficiently so they can move on to the next house. Moms need to get it done so they can get down to the business of quality time with their family.

I threw out all my grocery-store products, and went down to the janitorial supply. It was a lot cheaper. (And if I had not read the book, I would not have known to ask for the "professional discount", which they gave me.) I was cleaning the house with less energy and getting more results.

Don Aslett is the guru of house cleaning: he knows a lot, he shares all the info, and he is funny.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By hsBecky on April 10, 2008
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If you're only going to buy one book on cleaning, get this one! Best book I've read so far on tips for faster, better cleaning. I highly recommend it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 5, 2009
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A lot of common sense information but there are some good tips on products to buy and how to approach cleaning on a regular basis.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Johnson on July 4, 2012
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We already did much of what this book was suggesting. I suppose that's why we bought it -- we already were interested in being efficient. So basically it just reinforced much of what we were already doing -- it's part of our family rule on "Order". Sounds strict, but honestly we have a happy household and this plays a key because it's always clean and neat doesn't get out of hand and so it's relaxing. It's relaxing to have a nice environment and rules -- this doesn't mean rigid and formal, but that instead of deciding and debating what to do and should be done we can enjoy ourselves.

We are big followers of Montessori and many of the principles follow that, such as always picking up after yourself. The kids had been doing this and our house is basically always clean and neat. If you have kids, you might benefit from learning about Montessori home organization -- this plays a big role in children being able to clean up after themselves. In fact our children started doing much cleaning up without being taught once we organized according to Montessori.

This books had lots of helpful tips on the actual cleaning. Our favorite (which I had seen on this old house) was how to wash windows better. Now I have a window cleaning fetish.

You will do well to be a fast reader. He get's very excited and goes on and on. Probably could've been about 1/5 the size. His excitement however is nice and worth the extra words.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Martha on September 6, 2011
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After reading How to have a 48-hour day I couldn't wait to read another one of his books. It's such an easy read and it's packed with useful,easy information from beginning to end. After finishing it, I tested out his plan for tackling the house on little time and it truly worked like a charm. It cut my cleaning time in half and it looked half way done just after doing the first step. It also gives you a perfect plan to follow to deep clean every inch of your house in an easy but productive way. I loved it and will be using it forever. I already have another one of his books on the way and can't wait to read it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brigadier Blaster-Sump on September 26, 2012
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I originally bought this title in the late 80s, at a second hand book fair. WOW !!!! Don Aslett is a hygiene genius, he not only has recorded his mistakes, gone into HOW equipment works, which cleaning chemicals do work, their best materials to work on. But I can honestly say, developed this into a unique science now. He also runs his own cleaning supplies website, with precisely the best cleaning products from the commercial sector & had applied it to the domestic user. He explains WHY bulk purchase of cleaning products, how to manage correct dosage, why simple hand held garden sprays are perfect for such use. I originally learnt how to use liquid floor polish for shining domestic parquet flooring with a few mop swipes. Aslett explains how choosing the right outside mat (Astro-turf) CAN dramatically reduce how MUCH dirt gets carried into a persons house. Wouldn't everyone like to know, that they can spend far less time cleaning floors, given that most of the footwear cleaning was done before people came into that home?
My regrets being that I was unable to keep this title when I moved home, it was sadly lost in packing of everything. Now I am able to use it to plan my own housekeeping arrangements for the future. I wish that Don Aslett could run courses in the UK. This is worth EVERY penny/cent, it will soon pay for itself in savings made - TRUST ME !!!
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