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The Housewife's Handbook: How to Run the Modern Home Hardcover – 1 Oct 2007


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Product details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (1 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747577501
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747577508
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Packed with advice on keeping your beloved pad in tip-top condition, no home should be without it! -- Daily Star

Plenty of handy household gems. -- Observer

About the Author

Rachel Simhon is a deputy editor for the Daily Mail, and until recently wrote 'Household plc', a weekly column offering help and advice on running 'the twenty-first-century home'. She lives in London.

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Anna Wilkinson on 12 Nov 2008
Format: Hardcover
I am a bit of a geek about household management books and this is the best I've read. Like your previous reviewer I read it from cover to cover. The lady knows what she is talking about and has a neat turn of phrase. There are some extremely helpful tips, including a lot I didn't know as she goes through the house room by room. She also gives useful advice about schedules. You could tailor your housekeeping for any lifestyle using this book. Although she does give tips on stain removal, there isn,t too much as in these days of Vanish etc it's not necessary. I once read a housekeeping book wwhich was virtually all about stain removal, which is an extremely boring subject.
A good book for anyone who wants to find out about running a home.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By newsgirl on 16 Dec 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is full of helpful tips on keeping your house clean and avoiding problems. I never knew you shouldn't wash knives in the dishwasher, or how to unblock a drain without using a chemical product. Not being very domestic but wanting a reasonably clean house, I'm finding this book very interesting.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By mslucy619 on 13 April 2011
Format: Paperback
I am a totally unorganised person who is unable to manage my time effectively and this book is a godsend!!
It goes through room by room how to deal with specific cleaning problems and then a How To Clean chapter from start to finish (my fave!!). This book looks at cleaning logically and is a real motivator!!

Love it!!
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76 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. M. G. Powling on 4 Oct 2007
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Housework, like clothes, is either in or out of fashion. Thankfully for those of us who like to live in a clean, tidy environment, it is back in fashion again; no longer is it thought frivolous to dust and polish. This book, written by a busy working journalist, isn't about the quick fix, but about the smooth running of the home. It is in three parts, the first of which goes through a house, room by room, explaining how each item can be cleaned and maintained. The second part is about household equipment, household chemicals, how to clean and schedules which might help us acquire a cleaning routine which is within the reach of most of us. The final part deals with stains, household pests and pets (some of us think these might be one and the same!), storage, employing a cleaner and useful addresses. This is not a completely comprehensive study of housework but it certainly covers the essential elements of running a home. What is more, it is fun to read, peppered (no pun intended) as it is with apt quotations and anecdotes. "The book is not designed to be read from cover to cover," says Simhon. She says it is to be "dipped into" as and when you need, like a cookery book. Well, I've been reading it from cover to cover simply because its enjoyable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MrsClark on 26 July 2013
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After being the youngest child and working full time for over a decade, it came as a total shock to me that there wasn't a magic fairy who came and took away my dirty washing and magically cleaned the house when I finally moved out of my parents house.

From the opening pages this book challenges the way that we view housewives. Instead of feeling pointless and insignificant when I say "I'm a housewife" (for the moment), the author points outs all the difficulties of managing a house and why it is so much more difficult than what people imagine. She then goes on to explain what needs to be cleaned and managed in each room, to the last detail.

Even if you don't want t be taught how to clean (I did, and the book is fabulous for it) there are many little tips that many people simply won't know. Like not putting food in tins in the fridge, take the food out of the tin and put in tupperware because the tin makes the food go rotten quicker. Or not to put biscuits and cakes in the same time as the biscuits will go soggy and the cake dry.

I got this book as a guide of what exactly to clean and when, and it has taught me that and so much more. If you feel like you sometimes need a bit of hand with housework and knowing when and what to do, then this book is perfect. The author approaches the subject like a professional job, detailing what to do, when and why in a non-condescending manner. Each room has its own chapter, it's easy to read and understand. Love it!

Love this book, it will be my go-to book for any house related problems I come across!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Wilson on 21 Feb 2013
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This is a very well arranged book - as you would expect! - with everything laid out in a logical sequence, and I would recommend it to everyone from the absolute beginner in homemaking to people like me who have good intentions which over the years we have never quite managed to achieve. Unlike some similar books I have read, It is not patronising but assumes the reader has at least a modicum of intelligence while still managing to deal with the basics of housekeeping in a clear way. No excuses now for being disorganised!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By M. Robinson on 17 Mar 2009
Format: Hardcover
I have tried to order this book twice now from Amazon. The first copy received had several loose pages, and the second was so poorly bound that the back hard cover hardly covered the pages. Now Amazon have refunded my money but wont send me another copy in case they have a faulty batch. So be aware ....
Anyway, obviously I have seen two copies of the book and I am impressed. All the obvious hints and tips of household management expressed in a very easy-to read way. A book to keep for life - if you can get a decent copy!
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