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How to Clean Practically Anything Paperback – January 25, 1996

3.5 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews

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With first aid for carpet stains (blot with white clothes, immediately) and instructions on care for bronze, silver, and cast-iron, Consumer Reports continues its efforts to educate and protect the masses. There are details on house cleaning products, furniture care, clothes washers and fabric softeners, air cleaners and hand soaps, and a full appendix on stain removal. Next time you trip with your cup of coffee, you'll wish you had some fast answers.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Consumer Reports; 4 Sub edition (January 25, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0890438439
  • ISBN-13: 978-0890438435
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #641,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a manual for everyone about cleaning everything, as the title suggests. Beautifully non-biased and generic; teenagers, newlyweds,professionals, men, women, and children can benefit from it's categorical and common sense approach, and derive universal applications. Not the publication of any company or corporation,brand names are not used. Extensive comparative research usually provides for more than one option for any cleaning problem, often in a small med. large format. After reading through once for basic input, keep it real handy to consult before any project. The book will either steer you in the right direction or confirm that you are on course.
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By A Customer on August 8, 2001
After my son wrote all over the carpet, TV, fireplace, VCR, door, window, coffee table, entertainment center, and walls with a sharpie marker, I called my sister in a panic. She grabbed this book and told me the suggestions for cleaning ink stains. I got the marker off the carpet and entertainment center completely and greatly reduced the stain on the rest. I am ordering this book TODAY. It is a must have in our house with 2 toddlers and another on the way!!!
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This book will never be out of date, although new advents for cleaning will continue to appear. It is very interesting to read through the hints the authors have for almost all everyday problems and issues, but just having it ready as needs arise, is the test of this manual. Some of the suggestions are so simple, which our ancestors knew but the modern age population has no idea. It is a hilarious and comical experience reading these no non-sense suggestions. The price of the book is too low, precious books like this should not be so devalued.
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If you are looking for a book that tells you the steps of how to do each specific task it brings up - this is not a manual.

If you are looking for concepts for the clueless person to build wisdom (the why behind the answer) then this is the book for you!
The price on this book was so low it seems way too devalued - I'd buy it for $2.00 at least and I bought it for ~half a dollar!
It includes a whole lot of common sense and is a guide to point you in the right direction when you don't know where to start. Yes you will need to do a little more research yourself for your particular situation but it has warnings about common pitfalls and helps you steer clear of bad situations!

You may be the person whose mother taught you everything she knew and all her little tricks too - this book is not for you.
This book is for those who didn't have mothers or whose mothers didn't teach them these things or (insert other category here so you feel included...).

** I found the section about water treatment particularly helpful as I live in a bad watered community!
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I've never read a more useless book in my entire life. I was hoping to learn how to remove tough, cooked on grease from my pans, and this book said, "Soak pots to loosen burned on foods and to remove stubborn stains. If necessary, use a nonabrasive cleanser and a non abrasive scrubbing pad." As though that wasn't the first thing anyone tries to clean their pans. There are no secrets in this book, it's all stuff you've tried already, so if you think you're going to learn something... no, you're not. There's even a completely useless stain chart on the back that tells you to take your item to the dry cleaner for half of them... wow! With info like that, I don't know how I ever lived without it!
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Have not found a spot I couldn't get out yet. I bought these for Christmas gifts for the grandkids-I'm tired of them bringing their clothes over for us to get spots out of. Now its the Great Grandkids.
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Keep this book handy for all the stuff that needs cleaning there is good advice.
Too many tips and tricks to remember, so have it at hand when needed.
Nana
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Written more like an extremely boring novel then a how-to book.
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