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Home-Ec 101: Skills for Everyday Living - Cook it, Clean it, Fix it, Wash it Paperback – January 4, 2011
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Heather's book, like her website [...] is divided into 4 sections: Cook it, Clean it, Wash it, Fix it. Each section includes tips, techniques, hints and suggestions for dealing with various parts of the household, interspersed with posts from the website. You'll find the toilet cleaning tutorial on pg 66. Basic mending techniques for clothing are covered in chapter 10. Save time dealing with laundry by skipping the underwear folding (pg 119). Do you burn water in the kitchen? Head straight for the Cook it section.
It's a great book to read that will leave you chuckling and ready to take on the house.
From the cover, to the topics covered, it starts to look like (and is probably an homage to) a 1950's "housewife guide book." Fortunately for the reader, Heather's writing personality and writing style come through wonderfully, and rather than your static, boring how to, you get fresh, current, real world tips and ideas that are useful *today* (after all how many people are still trying worried about caring and storage for a mink stoll these days?)
This book is essentially a "Cliff Notes" version of the home-ec101.com website. This is a good thing, because first, it gives many basic day to day problems a solution and keeps them at your fingertips (because, if the power is out, it is hard to look for a solution on how to fix it on a computer with no power, isn't it?), and because that means, when you are done with this book (though, are you ever really "done" with a good reference book?), there is a whole world more information available from Heather readily available for you to continue reading. Unlike your favorite thriller author where you will have to wait months if not years for the next installment, you can see tips and tricks that didn't make this book, and the possible tips and solutions that may make up the next edition, as they are being developed... on a basically daily basis.
If there is one drawback to this book, it is that by making it so clearly a sort of tongue in cheek dedication to the 1950's housewife, it will not be picked up by as many men as it probably should be.Read more ›
Let's begin with Clean It, this section deals with the two types of floors found in our homes: hard and carpeting. Hard covers any non-carpeted floor. Heather explains the tools necessary to clean each floor type and even highlights some "no-nos". For example, I didn't know bleach was a no-no on my linoleum floors. Yikes, I have been known to add a cap or two of bleach to my mop water. I didn't know bleach could damage the finish. Oops!
Section 2 covers the beloved laundry. *insert sarcasm here* My fave tip from this section was how to tackle the "Oops I did it again" and left the clothes in the washer overnight and now they have this musty odor. Who knew getting rid of that odor was so simple? And why didn't they share this knowledge with those of us, like myself, who notoriously leave that last load in the washer overnight?
Release your inner Handyman and check out Section 3. There are some tips in this section on plumbing and covering up household boo-boos. You know the hole in the wall where the humunga chunga family pic used to hang. Or what to do when something that wasn't supposed to go down the drain, goes down the drain like the super bouncy ball that clogged up our bathtub for so long that we finally ended up calling the plumber who replaced the pipes and two weeks later hubby discovered the super bouncy ball.
Lastly, is the perfect section for anyone who could use a little help in the kitchen.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was very disappointed in this book. The entire inside of the book is white, gray, and black with mostly just reading and only a few small black and white pictures hardly worth... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sandra
If you want a book that will teach you how to make housework fun, don't buy this book. Housework is not always fun! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jane Martin
I am a stay at home mom and this book was actually pretty helpful. Home ec was not offered in my school and I never learned how to be a good house wife. Read morePublished 3 months ago by bird lady
Aesthetically, this book is not pleasant to look at, but it has everything from advice about how much to spend on appliances, to how to clean a bathroom, step by step. Read morePublished 5 months ago by cass
Got a lot of stuff in it, if you can't find the advice you don't need it.Published 7 months ago by MrDan3184
This book is perfection, I tried Kindle unlimited just to read it. From bathrooms to bedrooms this book has it all.Published 11 months ago by Savannah