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Housekeeping secrets my mother never taught me
Hilton, Joni, 1956-
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Publication Information:
Roseville, Calif. : Prima Home [2001]

Physical Description:
xiv, 258 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
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Includes index.
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TX147 .H38 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Master the Art of Keeping House--the Easy Way!
Everyone loves a clean and well-kept house. But these days most people don't have time to clean thoroughly, keep up with laundry, decorate properly, and actually enjoy their home. Caught in the vacuum of life, our home skills are lacking--and it shows!
This lifesaver of a book provides all the essential secrets, basic instructions, and creative tricks on the best ways to keep house, from laundry and housecleaning to floor and carpet care and minor home repairs. Whether you are single, married, a house owner or apartment dweller, you will discover how to efficiently take care of your home, as well as yourself!
Mom's favorite housekeeping secrets include:
*How to clean, room-by-room
*Must-have supplies and how to make them yourself
*Speedy tips and tricks to prepare the house for unexpected guests
*Decorating secrets for a stunning presentation
*And many more!
"I have been housekeeping for 31 years and I learned something new on every page!" --Deniece Schofield, author, Confessions of an Organized Homemaker

Table of Contents

Part 1 Getting Started
Chapter 1 What Constitutes a Clean House? It's Easier than You Think Hiring a Housekeeper
Chapter 2 Finding Time Choosing a Schedule Delegate Finding More Time Cleaning as You Go
Chapter 3 Tools of the Trade How to Make Your Own Cleaning Products
Part 2 Getting Down to Business
Chapter 4 Laundry Gathering the Wash Never Wash Wash with Caution Pretreating Stain Removal Tips Washing Drying Ironing Mending Storing Clothes and Linens Packing a Suitcase
Chapter 5 Dusting Prevention First What Is Dust, Anyway? Dusting 101
Chapter 6 Caring for Finer Things
Chapter 7 Floor and Carpet Care An Ounce of Prevention Vacuuming and Carpet Care Hardwood and Vinyl Floors
Chapter 8 Pets Members of the Family Should You Even Get a Pet? Bringing Home a Puppy Bringing Home a Kitty Other Pets Pet Pests Proper Feeding and Cleaning
Chapter 9 Sparkling Windows and Car Care Windows Heavy Metal Keeping Your Car Clean
Chapter 10 This Box Called Home Temperature Hinges and Slides Ceilings and Walls Painting Wallpapering Other Wall Treatments Lighting Plumbing Appliances Storage
Part 3 The Rooms
Chapter 11 Bathroom Clean as You Go Plumbing Repairs Tubs and Showers Counters and Sinks Toilets Final Touches How to Create a Welcoming Guest Bath
Chapter 12 Bedroom A Room Just for Sleeping The Bed Headboard Ideas Other Bedroom Furniture What Not to Put in the Bedroom
Chapter 13 Kitchen The Sponge vs. Cloth Debate Walls and Doors Counters The Oven The Refrigerator The Dishwasher The Sink Cutting Boards The Kitchen Floor Trash It! Equipping Your Kitchen Putting Everything Away The Proper Way to Set a Table
Chapter 14 The Big Entrance First and Last Impressions The Porch The Front Door The Entrance
Part 4 Wrapping It Up
Chapter 15 A Safe Haven Home Security Avoiding Illness Emergency Supplies Constant Safety
Chapter 16 The Additional Responsibilities of Home Ownership Living On Your Own for the First Time So You're Moving
Chapter 17 Celebrations My Top Ten Holiday Entertaining Tips Terrific Traditions
Chapter 18 Decorating Secrets The Basic Rules of Decorating Knockout Decorating Ideas Keeping Plants in Your Home Cut Flowers Artificial Flowers
Chapter 19 Enjoying Your Home Sound Scent Sight Touch