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How to Cheat at Cleaning

3.06 of 5 stars 3.06  ·  rating details  ·  48 ratings  ·  10 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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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
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
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.
Erica Rhodes
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
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.
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 someone to do it!" which is not at all helpful.
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.
Monica Copeland
Many practical tips and an approach that I could use: easing up a bit on those crazy standards based on weird Norweigan guilty?
HORRIBLE!!! His idea of cutting corners is not to make your bed?!! Not exactly helpful!
Nice ways to make housework easier ... not necessarily less expensive. But very decent.
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