- Spiral-bound: 160 pages
- Publisher: Oxmoor House (October 23, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1933821396
- ISBN-13: 978-1933821399
- Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 1 x 11.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Real Simple: Cleaning Spiral-bound – October 23, 2007
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Top Customer Reviews
My favorite part of the book is the cleaning calendar. Tasks are divided into categories based on how often they should be completed: weekly, monthly, every 3-6 months, every 6-12 months, and every year or so. As a neophyte SAHM and new home-owner, I find it helpful to have recommendations for the frequency of tasks. I found it helpful to put small "LabelOnce" brand labels on each task box so I could mark the last time I'd done it - it helps me to have a reminder of when I last vacuumed the coils on the back of the fridge, etc, especially for tasks that are performed less frequently.
Each room section begins with a "101" introduction (eg Kitchen Cleaning 101) that's fewer than 10 steps, along with a "10-minute clean" sidebar. That's followed by "The Next Steps" for more detailed cleaning. There's a page or two devoted to each part of the room (counters, sink, faucets, refrigerator/freezer, oven, stovetop, cabinets/drawers, and kitchen accessories for the kitchen section) that goes into detail about how to clean that specific element. Different advice for different materials (stainless steel, ceramic, etc) is given. Alongside these pages are sidebars with related information: protecting your counters, what's *really* on your counter, sink stopped up?, what's in your water?, defrosting your freezer, avoiding food overflow (in the oven), four more uses for oven cleaner, pantry purge (how long to keep pantry items), etc.Read more ›
My only complaint about the book is that the index did not specifically list any websites or retailers for some of the various cleaning supplies.
This book also has the handy little feature of telling you how to clean any room of your house in a quick 10 minutes! MIL stopping by? No problem! 10 minutes and your kitchen is guest ready.
Another thing I love about this book is the cleaning schedule. It has the RealSimple periodic table of cleaning. In chart form it lists what household cleaning tasks should be done weekly, monthly, every 6 months, yearly, etc.
The book goes into detail about how to clean your stove and other things like that. It does have some common household stain fixes, but not all.
Real Simple: Cleaning is also a pretty book. It is spiral bound with a clean plastic cover. Very pretty. It'd make a nice gift.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great book with a very straight forward approach on how to tackle the project: Cleaning the House. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Chmb
I ADORE cleaning...like a lot of people adore chocolate. Nothing is more satisfying than order, the scent of bleach and everything in it's place. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kellie Cook
I love this book. Very nicely done with easy instructions and illustrative photos.Published 7 months ago by Benjamin Button
I really like the simplicity of this book. I find it very helpful. My only complaint is the, "see p. so and so for this", "see p. so and so for that". Read morePublished 12 months ago by Bookreader
I'm glad I bought this used because it's a fairly basic book with pretty photos. I got more from Martha Stewart's book.Published 15 months ago by Lee Lacy
A book full of directions, advice, cleaning solutions and a touch of humour. It has tables of materials you're likely to find in each room and how best to clean each one, along... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Christina Carroll
Growing up in a household where the only real cleaning done was the "oh my gosh company is coming and this place is a wreck" type of cleaning, I have truly struggled my... Read morePublished 18 months ago by dewdrop