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How to Cheat at Cleaning

3.08  ·  Rating Details ·  52 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Do you really think Martha Stewart never swept a little dust under the carpet seconds before guests arrived? Oh, how we've been damaged by the myth of perfectionism! We are slaves to microscopic specks of lint, hard-water smudges, and the relentless pursuit of dust bunnies. Brainwashed by Hollywood and slick photo spreads, we chase after unrealistic expectations. "How to C ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by Taunton Press
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Hollis
May 09, 2013 Hollis rated it did not like it
This title caught my eye and even the librarian commented that "this is the kind of book I need."

Well. No cleaning book is great, but can I give this one a half star?
i should have stopped when the 10 things to stop cleaning included soccer balls. really?

But there's more odd advice, including spraying all the frequently touched surfaces in your home with antispectic every day ("it'll only take 8 seconds"), wash your underwear in a seperate, bleached load, then dry for 45 minutes, and what seems l
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Elizabeth
Aug 20, 2008 Elizabeth rated it did not like it
Shelves: jumped-ship, how-to
Lame. It basically says to throw out everything I own (avoids clutter!), and use only disposable utensils/cleaning stuff. Plus, the amount if time this man spends cleaning, even with all his supposed shortcuts, is WAY more time than I currently spend cleaning (bleach out all your sinks everyday! wipe down all the bathroom counters every evening with wipes as you are brushing your teeth! HAH!). When I read that I had his permission to stop cleaning my walls every week (have never done this) or ju ...more
Elke Ursin
Ug. Some of the advice in here is really not so good. Telling me to use disposable dishes and use disposable wipes for cleaning just grates at my green side. His writing style put me off. Nothing too new here.
Heather Gilbert
May 12, 2017 Heather Gilbert rated it really liked it
This book covers almost everything inside and outside your home - and for someone as messy as me, this is a lifesaver! I am still not a clean person, but now I can cheat at being a bit 'cleaner'.
Penny
Apr 29, 2013 Penny rated it really liked it
Shelves: home-life
I think a lot of these tips and tine saving cheats are really great. Some of them I knew, but there were some new ones as well. Having four kids and a partner that I would much rather spend time with than spending time cleaning, I can always use a few new tricks.

That being said, I'm a bit disappointed about the talk about disposable everything. Yes, disposable is a huge time saver, but it does have more impact than reusing, especially if you're not using heavy chemical cleaners. Waste water does
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Diane Sandbrand
Some gems hidden within this book, but frankly, I felt like I wasted my time. I really was appalled to read that the author seriously told readers to buy disposable cutlery, and dishware for the kitchen in order to save time. He even tried to make it sound like it was a wash both environmentally and financially. Same went for diapers.[return]I felt this was rather irresponsible.[return]if you read this book, be warned. this is for the seriously non-eco friendly reader and seemingly for the finan ...more
Jennifer
Jun 10, 2012 Jennifer rated it liked it
It was ok. It gives some good scientific evidence for why you should or should not clean in a specific way...then it seems to devolve into "spend more money...pay someone to do it!" which is not at all helpful.
Cherop
Apr 15, 2015 Cherop rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, how-to
A great little book of techniques for cleaning almost everything in your house. There are many books in this genre but this one has things in it that I haven't read elsewhere. A fast, easy and informative read.
Caroline
Feb 22, 2008 Caroline rated it did not like it
HORRIBLE!!! His idea of cutting corners is not to make your bed?!! Not exactly helpful!
Monique
Jul 11, 2015 Monique rated it it was ok
Contains basic information but didn't read any new ways to cleaning (without really cleaning)...or cheating. The main points are be organized and clean regularly while scaling down what you keep.
Monica Copeland
Aug 20, 2008 Monica Copeland rated it really liked it
Many practical tips and an approach that I could use: easing up a bit on those crazy standards based on weird Norweigan guilty?
Stephanie
Jan 29, 2008 Stephanie is currently reading it
I was told about this book by a friend, someone who has seen my home and rooms of disaray,hinting that I may benefit from it. I'm going to give it a shot.
Allanna
Mar 20, 2008 Allanna rated it liked it
Nice ways to make housework easier ... not necessarily less expensive. But very decent.
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