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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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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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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 Dry the cleaned side, move things to the clean surface and clean the other side, sorting outdated items as you go.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).Read more ›
I wanted to know a) how to clean up the filthy tub I inherited from the previous resident who managed to leave a nasty ring AND mysteriously bright blue stains, b) the best way to clean hardwood floors since I've been using the Bona system and they really aren't getting clean, and c) how to get sheets to smell fresh since no matter how much I wash them and even have bleached them they still kind of smell like dirty laundry.
The answer to every question seems to be white vinegar and baking soda.
Well...while I do find vinegar to be useful for many household cleaning tasks, I don't find it to be that effective for the tub, hardwood, or musty laundry.
There are certainly some great tips in here and I'm not sorry I purchased the book. I'll keep it on hand for sure. But I still need a good helpful household cleaning tips type book that is perhaps just a little less green and a lot more clean.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lots of great ideas, some of which I have used for years already.Published 11 months ago by PaulaLea
Love this book! Very practical and I have implemented a lot of her practicesPublished 16 months ago by Dee
Good Book. Lots of stories and more for people who have families to clean up after.Published 16 months ago by A. Parker
love this. i'm trying so hard to be better about housekeeping, this has all the little tips i need to keep get things together and keep going.Published 17 months ago by K. Campbell
I like her writing style. Some tips were lame but I got a lot out of it. I tried one that really worked! I had a light colored water ring on a dark solid wood table. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Bea Nu