Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House

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Simon and Schuster, May 17, 2005 - House & Home - 896 pages
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The classic bestselling resource for every American home. Choosing fabrics, cleaning china, keeping the piano in tune, making a good fire, folding a fitted sheet, setting the dining room table, keeping surfaces free of food pathogens, watering plants, removing stains -- Home Comforts addresses the meanings as well as the methods of hands -- on housekeeping to help you manage everyday chores, find creative solutions to modern domestic dilemmas, and enhance the experience of life at home.
Further topics include: Making up a bed with hospital corners, Expert recommendations for safe food storage, Reading care labels (and sometimes carefully disregarding them), Keeping your home free of dust mites and other allergens, Home safety and security, A summary of laws applicable to the home, including privacy, accident liability, contracts, and domestic employees and more in this practical, good-humored, historic, philosophical, even romantic, guidebook to the art of household management.
 

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User Review  - caspercito - Overstock.com

Great Book! Ive gone from being a working mom to a stay at home mom who didnt know how to keep house without a housekeeper and nanny! I asked a friend for suggestions and she recommended this book ... Read full review

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User Review  - navelos - LibraryThing

I liked the introduction to this book and the general idea, but I felt that the content switched between common sense and stuff I'd never do and thus wasn't that helpful to me. It is very thorough though and if you're new to housework, it might have much valuable information. Read full review

Contents

My Secret Life
3
CLEANLINESS DAILY LIFE
5
Easing into a Routine
17
Neatening
30
The Whys and Wherefores of Home Cooking
37
Breakfast Lunch and Dinner
49
Serving Meals
58
Stimulating Beverages
70
The Chemistry of Household Cleaning
436
Aprons Rags and Mops
446
Dust and Dust Mites
450
Vacuuming Sweeping
454
and Dusting
458
Textile Furnishings
466
Floors and Furniture of Wood and Woodlike Materials
487
Resilient Floors
506

The Center of a Dwelling
88
C Kitchen Culture
103
To Market to Market
122
Cold Comfort
142
Bread and Honey
155
Safe Food
161
The Fabric of Your Home
193
Transformations
221
The Natural Fibers
232
The ManMade Fibers
242
and Blends
253
Fabrics That Work
266
IQ Carefully Disregarding
270
Care Labels
276
Gathering Storing and Sorting Laundry
288
Laundering
303
Drying the Laundry
329
Ironing
339
Folding Clothes and Linens
351
How to Launder Tricky Items
358
Common Laundry Mishaps
363
and Problems
367
Sanitizing the Laundry
375
Removing Stains from Fabrics
380
The Air in Your Castle
393
Peaceful Coexistence
401
with Microbes
417
Ceramic Tile
510
Stone
516
ManMade Solid Surfaces and Other Plastics
523
Bathrooms
529
Pipes and Drains
534
Walls Ceilings Woodwork and Windows
536
China and Crystal
543
Metals
553
Caring for Jewelry
563
Kindly Light
569
Fireplaces
587
Some Quiet Occupations
594
Sewing
599
Caring for Books
612
Music
617
Images and Recordings
622
Home Offices
628
and Computers
631
Pets
637
SLEEP
643
The Cave of Nakedness
653
Beds and Bedding
671
Closets for Clothes and Linens
687
NOTES
839
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
847
INDEX
857
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Cheryl Mendelson received her Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Rochester and her J.D. from Harvard Law School. She has practiced law in New York City and has taught philosophy at Purdue and Columbia Universities. She lives in New York City with her husband and son.

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