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How Clean is Your House? [Paperback]

Kim Woodburn , Aggie MacKenzie
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9 Sep 2004
Hundreds of handy tips to make your home sparkle from the stars of the hit show How Clean is Your House? Kim and Aggie have taken the nation by storm, watched by over 4 million viewers every week as they transform filthy holes into gleaming palaces. Here, their fabulous tips for every cleaning situation imaginable are compiled, sweeping through a house from top to bottom, fluffy marigolds, big hair and lots of white vinegar at the ready. Filled with advice, fun and 'Kimmisms' - Scrub dear don't tickle - it's the perfect present for any home.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (9 Sep 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141018801
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141018805
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 22.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In How Clean is Your House Kim Woodburn and Aggie Mackenzie "The Nation's Dream Cleaning Team" continue the mission of their popular Channel 4 television series--to educate, inform and generally browbeat us all into cleaning properly. The double act (dubbed "Trinny and Susannah on Domestos" by one pundit) need little by way of introduction. Kim, who wears pearls and sports the type of ridiculous Beehive-cum-wasp-nest hairstyle that hasn't been seen on the box since Bet Lynch graced the Rovers Return, is the bruiser. To ladle on the 70s TV trivia, Woodburn is Bodie to the finicky wee Scot Mackenzie's Doyle--if The Professionals had been a pair of hygiene-obsessed middle-aged women and forgone the pleasures of driving Ford Capris through cardboard boxes choosing instead to give the u-bend a good going over.

Here Kim and Aggie do actually include a series of Crime Files; factoids of horrifying information, usually about "beastly bacteria", which are destined to make you at least question, briefly, the wisdom of opting to leave your dishes soaking overnight after that joyously wine, port and a whisky or seven-for-the-road-fuelled dinner party. "When you let dirty plates sit for a long time the food contributes nutrients for bacteria, so they will rapidly multiply". It's therefore best, they suggest, to "wash all dirty dishes in hot soapy water as soon as possible." (Paper plates are, of course, always an option.) Divided into chapters that cover each room and full of astonishing top tips, such as using a banana skin to dust plants ("the dust" apparently "clings to the skin and the juice nourishes the leaves") it will have you on the way to meeting their notoriously exacting standards. But, a note on the back of the jacket kindly reminds us to give this volume "a dust every now and then" and under no circumstance use it "as a coaster or a dinner tray." --Travis Elborough --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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130 of 132 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great advice for EVERYONE! 8 Jan 2006
Contrary to some other reviews here, I would like to personally vouch for this book as advice for everyone! It has some fantastic little tips and hints on how to keep your house sparkling!
Yes it has advice for the really filthy people like on the TV show, but it also has some great little bits of advice for those of us who want to be able to make chores quicker and easier, and dare I say it, more enjoyable, from little simple things you might not think of, such as using two buckets when mopping the kitchen (one with clean water, one to drain out into), and putting cut lemons in the microwave on full power for 3 minutes to loosen dirt and make the microwave smell lovely, both simple little things you might not think of, but which will help your routine, to help for specific little problems, such as how to get fingerprints off walls and how to stop bathroom tiles getting watermarks!
So go ahead and give this book a try, it's got lots of solutions, suggestions, as well as general little bits of advice from Kim and Aggie personally, it's certainly helping me on my path to becomng a domestic goddess... or at least it's helping keep my home clean, fresh, and pleasant, in a new easy and enjoyable way after changing my thinking to that of Kim and Aggie!
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69 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great tips 1 Aug 2005
How clean is your house? is such a fantastic book to have, as it contains lots of really useful tips and advise on how to keep your house nice and clean. Aggie and Kim don't just use comerical cleaning products, they use things like lemon, white vinegar and newspaper to clean things in the house. If you missed out on the show get a copy of this book, it will change your life! If you watch the show (like me) get a copy as well, as it's nice to have their tips close at hand.
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125 of 129 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 10 July 2004
By A Customer
I loved the TV series and I enjoyed the book, which was written in a similar vein. I cannot believe that people really live in the disgusting mess that the TV series portrayed, so think that probably they may have been encouraged to do no housework for weeks before the recording -however....if you want to stop buying expensive chemical rubbish to clean your home with and go back to more natural products that are to hand in the kitchen anyway - this book is for you. The cost of the book will be saved many times over each year thanks to not having to buy 5-10 different advertised products a month to clean your home. Many of the tips I have tried clean far better than preparatory ones and quicker.
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170 of 176 people found the following review helpful
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How Clean is your House gives you excellent hints and tips about how to keep on top of those awful dometstic chores we all hate doing. It breaks cleaning down into manageable bite size chunks and makes you want to get up and clean, clean, clean!
I bought this book to motivate me into doing all the tedious household tasks that I am forever putting off. The text and pictures will shame and horrify you into cleaning everywhere from top to bottom!
I read it the day I bought the book and spent the next morning cleaning non-stop. And do you know what? I actually really enjoyed it.
This book will make you wince in horror at the stories and itch as you imagine all the creepy crawleys Kim and Aggie abhorr, but more than that, it will make you clean everywhere from top to bottom and feel all the better for it!
A must have for all the domestically challanged people out there like me. Enjoy!
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Its made a huge improvement to my house 8 May 2005
I admit I've never really understood how to clean, having never done it as a child so I'd try and do everything in one go and then get fed up. When I first read this book I was shocked at the number of tasks Kim and Aggie say need to be done such as vacuuming twice a week. However when I reread it I realised all the tasks are broken down into small chunks and all I need to do is a couple of them each day and its all sorted. I've been following this approach for over a week now and have started nagging my boyfriend who used to nag me to clean the house!
This book has had a huge impact on the tidiness and cleanliness of my house, however I don't know if it would be the same for everyone. If you know how to clean and manage to do it regularly, you probably won't learn much from most of the book and although there are interesting cleaning tips throughout the book that might be useful it could be an expensive way to learn to them.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars mediocre 29 July 2007
this book was ok but I felt it had too many pictures of "horrible" houses to be any use to the average person who wants to pick up a few good hints and tips .I would highly recommend Anthea's perfect housewife book for the average "messy" person like myself who dont get down to the grime in this book
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of handy tips 20 Feb 2008
By Lilium
I was bought the hardback version by my husband (whom I think was hinting at something)and I have to admit, I was very annoyed at the start by his kind gesture! But...upon actually dipping into the book, I find I thoroughly enjoy reading all the hints and tips and actively clean our home using Kim & Aggies advice. I even buy denture tablets to pop down the loo at night for a sparkling pan!
Gloves off to Kim & Aggie
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How Clean Is Your House? 7 Feb 2009
Definitely worth reading through ALL the book. So many clever cheap alternatives to use, rather than expensive supermarket cleaning products. Also has some good ideas of how to clean/repair things you've given up on.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book to get hints for cleaning
Good book to get hints for cleaning. Arrived in perfect condition! There is even a hint to keep the book clean :)
Published 9 days ago by Gerri
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good tips
Published 25 days ago by old hand
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
As I don't like using chemicals around - I prefer to use white vinegar and baking soda when I can so good book to have to refer to again and again.
Published 5 months ago by Mrs. B. M. Reese
2.0 out of 5 stars review
There's nothing wrong with the book but expected more cleaning tips than there was, so I haven't used it much
Published 6 months ago by Helen
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
cant believe the amout of tips in this book! it covers everything> got this for a gift and its the best
Published 8 months ago by susan young
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Tips
Really good book, easy to read with lots of tips for cleaning using cheap and alternative products, instead of many harmful cleaning products.
Published 8 months ago by Ann Donnachie
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I already have a copy of this book and ordered this one as a Christmas present for my mother after she looked at my copy recently.
Published 9 months ago by Mrs Susan Treadwell
5.0 out of 5 stars arrived as promised
This was everything it promised to be. Very pleased with this publication. I would definiely order a book again from this source.
Published 10 months ago by MRS J S JOHNSON
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
This is another great book with brilliant hints and easy to follow tips, easy to read and follow guide lines
Published 16 months ago by Mary Mc
2.0 out of 5 stars Did I Buy This
Can't remember buying this but if I did my wife certaionly didn't read it... Just wish I could find it to give to her.
Published 17 months ago by Jim Ferguson
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