We've never fallen so hard for a book about cleaning (in fact, we've never before owned a book about cleaning). But, Mrs. Meyer's Clean Home — the same Mrs. Meyers after whom the green cleaning products are named — is a book that truly inspires us to make our home cleaner, more organized and ultimately healthier.
It is chock full of super practical advice on everything from how to get mineral stains out of a sink to how to defrost the freezer.
This is the kind of book that you keep in the kitchen, spill coffee on, loan to your best friend, get back 6 months later, pull out when the dog makes a mess on the rug, read aloud to your mom on the phone, and keep for the rest of your life, on the bookshelf next to The Joy of Cooking or some other equally comprehensive and totally crucial resource.
We've already given it twice as a gift.
Here are a few nuggets -- just a taste of the good stuff that's inside Mrs. Meyer's Clean Home:
- To clean the bathroom mirror, fill a spray bottle with club soda, spritz, and wipe down with bunched up newspaper.
- To remove a wine stain from upholstered furniture, dilute a teaspoon of mild detergent in a cup of lukewarm water and blot. Then mix one part white vinegar with two parts water, blot. Then sponge off.
- To get pet hair off upholstery, put on rubber gloves, slightly wet them, and wipe down furniture in long strokes.
You see? It's the kind of book everyone needs in their life.