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Cleaning Plain & Simple

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What’s your cleaning style? Super cleaner? Speed cleaner? Green cleaner? Occasional cleaner? No matter what your style, Donna Smallin can show you how to achieve and maintain a clean, inviting home. She covers every imaginable situation, with special advice for dual-career families with busy schedules, pet owners, families with small children, allergy sufferers, and people with large outdoor living areas.

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Overview

What’s your cleaning style? Super cleaner? Speed cleaner? Green cleaner? Occasional cleaner? No matter what your style, Donna Smallin can show you how to achieve and maintain a clean, inviting home. She covers every imaginable situation, with special advice for dual-career families with busy schedules, pet owners, families with small children, allergy sufferers, and people with large outdoor living areas.

Endorsing the motto “clean smarter, not harder,” Smallin suggests cleaning routines for each area or room of the house, and she breaks down the big tasks into doable pieces. While keeping things simple and manageable, Smallin knows how to get into the nitty-gritty of cleaning. She can talk mops, squeegees, vacuuming, disinfecting, deodorizing, and decluttering with the best of them. She has special tips for cleaning everything from flatware to computers, couch cushions to countertops, shower stalls to stereo speakers.

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Editorial Reviews

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“A complete guide to cleaning every room of the house introduces hundreds of quick, efficient, and effective tips and techniques on how to maintain a clean home environment,…” – Paper Clips

Hartford Courant

Publishers Weekly
Smallin's reference guide to cleaning the home is exhaustive, easy to read and useful. It's also very similar to the many other books already available to readers on streamlining, decluttering and buffing up one's living quarters. The requisite list of recommended cleaning tools and products is present, as are the usual tips on removing stains, from candle wax to nail polish. Organizing strategist Smallin (Organizing Plain & Simple) instructs on cleaning every room in the house; later chapters concern cleaning personal items like cosmetic brushes, hair-care tools, leather shoes and jewelry; and cleaning "mechanical systems," such as heating, air-conditioning and plumbing systems (including septic systems). Most readers will skip the "Brief History of Cleaning" section, although they'd be wise to read the sidebars, which are particularly helpful (e.g., "The Quickie Clean" box instructs readers on performing a fast cleanup for company; another advises on the perils of using carpet spot removers). The advice on clearing clutter is obvious, but may help those with clutter issues (this is one of Smallin's pet peeves; she repeatedly tells readers to "declutter before you clean"). Her home remedies are interesting, but all told, there isn't anything innovative in this resource. (Jan.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Self-described "organizing strategist" Smallin offers an indispensable tome packed with hundreds of useful, insightful cleaning tips that would please even the fussiest and particular of house cleaners. She opens with a succinct history of cleaning that provides perspective on this dirty work. Despite modern conveniences, we spend just as much time cleaning today as our foremothers (sorry, guys-women outnumber men five-to-one as household cleaners); our standards are high and problematic. Who wants to spend most, if not all, of their free time washing, sweeping, dusting, organizing, and throwing things out? This is where readers will find the author's expertise most effective. Smallin's spirited approach is warm and inviting; her easy-to-recall advice ("A clean home is a healthy home") is both refreshing and cost-effective ("Frequent upkeep helps appliances, furniture, and carpets last longer"). Organized into four sections, the book is an all-encompassing reference tool that will not dust up anyone's bookshelf. Highly recommended for medium and large collections.-Steven G. Fullwood, Schomburg Ctr. Lib., New York Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580176071
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 12/1/2005
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 949,913
  • Product dimensions: 7.22 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

Donna Smallin is the author of seven Storey titles with a total of more than 928,000 copies in print. She is a frequent contributor to major national women’s and home magazines and has been a guest on the CBS Early Show, Better TV, HGTV, CNN, and Fox & Friends, as well as numerous radio programs. For the past decade, Smallin has been a spokesperson for such companies as Bissell, Kaboom, Staples, 3M, Keurig, and others. She blogs at unclutter.com.

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