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Cleaning Plain & Simple: A Ready Reference Guide With Hundreds Of Sparkling Solutions To Your Everyday Cleaning Challenges

Learn how to clean smarter, not harder, and you’ll have more time to do the things you love. With plain and simple advice on everything from dusting and swabbing to polishing and vacuuming, best-selling author Donna Smallin shows you how to make the most of your valuable cleaning time. Hundreds of quick tips and practical solutions for every imaginable cleaning situation promise you the sparkling, healthy environment you want for your family. 

Paperback: 320 pages

Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (December 1, 2005)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1580176070

ISBN-13: 978-1580176071

Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.9 x 9.1 inches

Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)

Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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This book is a reference guide with hundreds of ideas to help you solve your everyday cleaning challenges. Starting out, you learn the basics of how to get ready, develop strategies and clear clutter (I really need this part.).Once you have made your way through that section, you move on to tacking challenges room by room including floor to ceiling, high traffic areas, kitchen; bed, bath and nursery; laundry and storage and other living areas. You will also learn about cleaning clothes, pet cleanup and personal items. I love the section on household challenges. Clean air, household systems, pests and seasonal and special occasion challenges are things I really need help with because they are easy to over look since they don't happen often. There's even an appendix with laundry solutions and further resources. The index is organized by topic so when I am looking for something, it's easy to find.I really appreciate that the solutions in this book urge you to use products you probably already have in the home. We all know we can go to the store and BUY some sort of expensive cleaner. It's when you don't want to go to the store for a solution that it becomes more challenging. Many of these suggestions offer solutions that use baking soda, vinegar, dishwashing liquid, bleach and other products you probably already have at home.I definitely find this book helpful. It's well organized. It offers solutions that I can use without having to spend a lot of money. It's broken down into small, easy to read and implement suggestions that I can do as I have time without spending hours trying to tackle each job. Definitely a help to this overworked mom.

I cleaned my windows today using the Grandpa's Best Window-Washing recipe and it beats any other window cleaner I have used. For that alone I give this book 5 stars.

I like Donna's books. I have several of them. I guess it's the way she puts things. She just makes you feel good. She doesn't try to talk down to you. Nor does she make you feel like your a dummy. Or just over do it. I have many organizer books. I think she has the best way to clean & de-clutter. I hope you like it as much as I did.

Tons of useful information, not only for cleaning, but also for getting organized in general.

This book is the best! I've cleaned all the big chores (in a weekend), the walls, the stove, the fridge... Every method used in this book works great!

This book is so awesome. It's full of great information including some recipes to make your own cleaners. (which are actually better so far than most of the things I buy) If you need it cleaned... you can probably find out how to in this book. It's unreal how incredibly detailed this book is. I HIGHLY recommend it to everyone.

This is a great book with lots of good ideas for house cleaning. But my favorite part of the book is the clear and detailed cleaning schedules for daily, weekly, monthly, seasonal and yearly chores. We all want a clean house, but sometimes it can feel so daunting to do it all, but this book really breaks it down for you and it has really helped keep my on track with cleaning routines. It was also a great resource when I recently moved out of my apartment and needed to deep clean it for the security deposit. The landlord was super impressed and wrote me a check for my full deposit back right there on the spot!

My mother never taught me anything about cleaning. But this book cover every topic and even includes natural and non toxic formulas for making your own cleaning solutions. I still have to motivate myself, though....

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