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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (9 Sept. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141018801
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141018805
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 1.5 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,525 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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"Doing the housework is the new going out."

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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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Format: Hardcover
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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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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Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Hardcover
This book is generally quite good. There are some other points though.
Firstly the book is laid out in an unusual way. Generally its structured room by room, and then appliance by appliance with in that room. However if you wish to find something specific it is not always that clear. Even using a reference from the index, items are still not that obvious to find. With some practice though, you will get used to this.
Apart from that the ideas and remedies for cleaning are pretty good. It does motivate you just see if you can do it like Kim and Aggie can. Although you may not be able to purchase some of the cleaning products they mention. Borax for example, never heard of it - most of them you can get.
So over all if you are looking to purchase a house cleaning book I do recommend this one.
Cheers,
Miles
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I came across this book in the middle of the night after reading an article in a national newspaper by one of these two about lemons and microwaves whilst feeding my daughter and thinking 'what a great idea'... I was basically hoping for some tips on how to clean my house a little more efficiently - it's January and I wanted some spring cleaning tips. I was also interested in how these two use products like vinegar, bicarbonate of soda as I want to move away from harsh chemical cleaners.

The book is nicely laid out and well written, in an easy-to-read format, however, I would have preferred less close up double page spreads of toilets, shoes, dirty baths and Aggie and Kim grinning at each other in bed (?!), less endless graphic descriptions of the filthy homes they'd visited - and more cleaning hints and tips for the reader!

For every great cleaning tip there is in the book, there are also about ten very basic tips that your average eight year old would know. Some are also repeated at other stages in the book, which is slightly annoying. The other thing is that they imply that "a few minutes cleaning a day" is all it takes to keep your house gleaming in the way that they describe... er, really? They then proceed to advise on how often to do certain things: change dishcloths daily, hoover the kitchen daily, change the sheets once or twice a week... As a full time mum who does about two hours of housework daily, and whose house is very tidy, I can quite honestly say there is NO way I'd have time to do a lot of the stuff they recommend and still look after my little one, cook, shop and all the rest.
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