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The Cleaning Bible: Kim and Aggie's Complete Guide to Modern Household Management Paperback – April 1, 2007

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About the Author

Aggie MacKenzie has worked on many national magazines, and was associate editor at the Good Housekeeping Institute, where all the latest appliances, cleaning products, and gadgets are tested. She now writes a column for the Times. Kim Woodburn is a professional cleaning lady, and has kept house for Hollywood moguls and even a sheik in Kent.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin UK (April 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141027002
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141027005
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #518,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I love their tv show--and this book! It was amazing to learn how much dirt and bacteria can lurk in an uncleaned house!

The "Cleaning Bible" is full of how-tos for easy cleaning, and recipes for making your own inexpensive, organic, & non-toxic cleaning supplies. I've actually tried lots of their ideas and they've all worked well. The only drawback to the book is the rather inefficient indexing. You have to take the time to familiarize yourself with what's in the book if you hope to be able to find information when you REALLY need it.

This book will become my new standard wedding or housewarming gift for new house-keepers! The Cleaning Bible: Kim and Aggie's Complete Guide to Modern Household Management
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I've recently gotten addicted to "How Clean is Your House?" on BBC America. So much so that when I finish watching an episode, I start cleaning until my husband stops me or I have to go to bed or work. I have gotten so into the show, I now picture miniature versions of Kim and Aggie on my shoulder with their wit and wisdom as I'm scrubbing away at my bathroom or kitchen.

When I found they wrote a book, I ordered it immediately, and even got Amazon Prime so I could enjoy it sooner. I've had it for a few days now and I can't say I've made much of a dent in the book. This is because I will read a few pages, then put it down to clean something. There's something about them that makes me want to clean and convinces me that I actually enjoy it somehow.

We moved into a house built in 1928 last year, and we've torn the wall-to-wall carpets up and re-finished the hardwood floors underneath; taken the wallpaper down and painted; re-wired the kitchen; and basically had to start from scratch with this house. From all that work, cleaning seemed like such a chore, especially if we were to work on a new project that would inevitably make a mess. But now it's not so daunting. In fact, I'm almost afraid to admit it, I'm having FUN cleaning!

Maybe it's the thought of Kim saying, "And look how it sparkles, dear! You wouldn't have known it could do that before, now, did you?" Or Aggie saying, "You only need a cap-full of bleach, dear, not the whole bottle!"

Either way, because of these two wonderful women, I get a kick out of cleaning and my home has been spotless for about two weeks (since becoming addicted to the show). My husband, who is probably "quite a filthy little beggar" in Kim's mind, is happier as well because I haven't been complaining as much about cleaning.
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I love the show! And they need to rerelease the DVDs!
Anyway, the book is very useful and full of funny stories by Kim and Aggie. The book doesn't really have all of the cleaning recipes from the show, but still worth a read! The book covers things like hosting, organization, what your laundry labels mean, what a child can do to help (depending on age), safety, home management, etc.

My suggestion would be is to read the book cover to cover; with a high-lighter at the ready, for easy reference at a later time. When I watch the show and see a cleaning recipe, that is not in the book, I write it in.
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I love this book!! Not only is it full of cleaning tips but tips on how to efficiently run your household as well. A must have for young homeowners/renters and especially for stay-at-home moms. I would recommend it to anyone looking to improve how they stay on top of things at home.
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I love the cleaning chapters in this book. There is a lot of extraneous information about managing a household though. I'm going to buy the shorter book for my girlfriends. What I like most is that the cleaning suggestions use vinegar, baking soda, dish washing soap and oxy clean above the more toxic branded cleaners that give you a headache if you breathe them.
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What a terrific and funny book for those of us who follow these two hilarious ladies as they clean the worst houses in the UK! (on BBC) I always wanted a list of what the ladies use for cleaning. They employ as many natural products as possible, such as baking soda and lemon juice. Now I am looking for decorative rubber gloves like those that they wear....
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I purchased this book because I'm a huge fan of "How Clean is Your House?". I wanted to get more insight on cleaning and organizing a household. This book goes more into the details which I was looking for. I especially wanted to get the cleaning recipes that they use on the shows for all non commercial cleaners. This book tells you how to make these cleaners from simple vinegar, salt, lemon juice, baking soda and more. I especially enjoyed all the personal stories from Kim and Aggie too. A must have for anyone who would like to learn more about cleaning and household management.
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Even though the spine was separated from the rest of the book, I still LOVE THIS BOOK! This book is a used book and I totally expected it to have lots of signs of being "loved". The information in this book out weighs the shape that it is in. I completely happy with my purchase and would purchase from this seller again!
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