Thursday, November 19, 2009

Book Recommendation: How The Queen Cleans Everything

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This might seem a bit off topic, but I wanted to recommend a cleaning book I love. It is called How The Queen Cleans Everything by Linda Cobb. This book is very much related to parenting! It includes tips for cleaning up lots of different things, from crayon to grape juice. She also has many recipes for making your own cleaners. There are also many tips for making cleaning easier on you.

The tips are great. I have used them a lot and reference them often when friends tell me about their latest cleaning difficulty.

The cleaning products are wonderful. There are so many benefits to making your own cleaners. One of my favorite reasons is the money you save. The best one in my mind is that they are safe for your children and pets. I appreciated this when my dog walked up and licked the window cleaner as I was washing the outside windows. I appreciated it even more when Kaitlyn walked up and licked a window I had just cleaned :). I also love that my children can help me clean because I don't worry about them touching chemicals.

Do they work? Yes! They do. I find her cleaning mixtures work just as well if not better than most chemical cleaners. Most of them use water, vinegar, and baking soda.

I also love her tips for cleaning house. She breaks things down into manageable goals. She has good ideas for what to do each month to keep everything clean and keep maintenance as low as possible.

Here is what is included in this book:

CLEANING THE HOUSE

  • Stain removers
  • Cleaning products
  • Bathrooms
  • Kitchens
  • Cleaning floors
  • Carpets
  • Upholstery
  • Lampshades
  • Wood
  • Dust Bunnies
  • Walls
  • Oder Control
  • Cleaning Kids stuff and the messes they make
  • Pets
  • Marble
  • Cleaning for guests

YEAR ROUND

  • Cleaning tips for each month of the year

LAUNDRY

  • Washing machine
  • Care labels
  • Dry cleaning
  • Laundry sorting
  • Soap
  • Spots
  • Bleach
  • Colors running
  • Water softeners
  • Fabric softeners
  • Drying
  • Folding
  • Ironing
  • Starch
  • Work clothes
  • Perspiration stains
  • Socks and panty hose
  • Hats and handbags
  • Swimming
  • Shoes
  • Ties
  • Beads and sequins
  • Preserving heirlooms
  • Furs
  • Sheepskin
  • Towels
  • Bedding
  • Window treatments
  • Table linens
  • Stain removal guide
  • Cleaning guide for fabrics
  • Commercial stain removers

OUTDOORS

  • Cement, driveways, and patios
  • Windows
  • Decks
  • Patio furniture
  • Grill
  • Pest control
  • Flowers
  • Paint

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Flags
  • Electronic equipment
  • Pictures and paintings
  • Fireplace
  • Fire damage
  • Air ducts
  • Water damage
  • mold and mildew

This is such a great resource. I recommend it so often to people at random that I thought I should tell all of you about it at once!



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6 comments:

serra said...

i just ordered it. Here's to a cleaner house, thanks Val!

The Nichols Fam said...

Thank you for this!!

Plowmanators said...

Serra, let me know when it gets in and I will come over for an inspection ;)

Plowmanators said...

You are welcome Nichols!

Ashley said...

Thank you for suggesting this, I got it from my library and enjoyed the tips! If you are into facts and information on cleaning you might really enjoy Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House by Cheryl Mendelson. She a New York City lawyer who also happens to know a lot about properly keeping house! http://www.amazon.com/Home-Comforts-Science-Keeping-House/dp/068481465X

Plowmanators said...

Thanks Ashley! I will look into that!

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