Talking Dirty With the Queen of Clean , by Linda Cobb

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Paperback - 172 pages
First Edition, September 2000
ISBN 0-7434-1830-1
Published by Pocket Books
A division of Simon & Schuster
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            Over the years I think I've heard all the old wives' tales about cleaning. Linda Cobb sets the record straight. For example, cleaning windows with newspaper is not a good idea. Linda has all the answers from cleaning the bathroom to repelling bugs outside the nonchemical (environmentally friendly) way.

            This book is a dream come true for those who clean -- and those who aspire (like me) to clean.

            Linda even provides, at the end of the book, an 8-page resource guide, so you can easily decide what you need to get for that dirty job. I can tell you this -- I'm actually excited about tackling "my dirt" for the first time ever.

            Linda Cobb, thanks for putting it all together, so I can take care of all my dirty business.

            Here are links to the bookstore for the three editions available: There is the Paperback edition, an abridged audio book on cassette tape , and the abridged audio book on a CD . Audio books are useful if you like to listen in the car. However, this is primarily a reference book, and the audio editions don't have any form of index. Therefore, for convenient reference at home, I most recommend the Paperback , which has a 10-page 2-column index.

            Other works by the same author, this time focusing on laundry issues ~~ Talking Dirty Laundry With the Queen of Clean , by Linda C. Cobb (Paperback, 176 pages) , published in March 2001. Like the previous book, it is also available as an abridged audio book on cassette tape , as well as an audio CD . For the same reason indicated above, the usefulness of an index, the Paperback is preferable for handy reference at home.

Table of Contents

Talking Dirty With the Queen of Clean
by Linda Cobb


Foreword -- by Tara Hitchcock,
Good Morning Arizona, KTVK-TV Phoenix

More Foreword -- by Beth McDonald and Bill Austin,
Beth and Bill in the Morning, KEX 99.9 FM, Phoenix

  1. Beating the Bathroom Blues
  2. Kitchen Duty
  3. Cleaning Products You Should Never Be Without
  4. Rust Never Sleeps
  5. Taming Dust Bunnies Without a Whip
  6. Floor Cleaning -- Now Stop on It
  7. Today's Wood -- Tomorrow's Heirlooms
  8. Off the Walls -- Wash Them Like the Pros
  9. Up, Up and Away -- Upholstery Cleaning Made Easy
  10. Leather Report
  11. Meticulous Marble -- Leave No Stone Unturned
  12. The Queen's Royal Carpet Treatment
  13. Are Pets Turning Your Home Into a Barnyard?
  14. Baby, Oh Baby and Kid's Corner
  15. The Nose Knows -- Odor Control
  16. Hot Tips for Irons and Ironing Boards
  17. Taking Charge of Electronic Equipment
  18. The Care and Hanging of Pictures and Paintings
  19. Paint by Numbers
  20. The Grill Drill
  21. Everything Under the Sun for Patio Furniture
  22. All Hands on Decks
  23. Concrete Solutions for Cleaning Cement Driveways and Patios
  24. At the Carwash
  25. Do Away with Window Pains
  26. Flower Power
  27. Bug Out -- User-Friendly Post Control
  28. Putting Your Best Foot Forward
  29. Turning Down the Heat on Fire Damage
  30. The Big Drip -- Water Damage Restoration
  31. Taking the Atchoo-Cough-Cough Out of Your Air Ducts
  32. Stop the Science Experiment -- Mold and Mildew
Resource Guide
Index
Your Personal Tips and Hints

Book description
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Talking Dirty With the Queen of Clean
by Linda Cobb

            Want to clean a coffeepot in a flash? Unclog a sink with a simple homemade solution ? Do away with microwave odors? Banish those dust bunnies? Let her royal highness of housekeeping show you how to turn your home into a sparkling palace -- in no time at all!

            Step aside, Martha ... Here comes the Queen of Clean, and her down-to-earth housekeeping guide for those of us who live in the real world. After all, the Queen has better things to do than be a slave to housework. That's why she has assembled a marvelous collection of miraculous cleaning tips and surprising shortcuts that get the job done quickly and well. Without a lot of fuss, you can solve hundreds of cleaning challenges in every room of your home:

  • Remove dust, rust, gum, fingerprints, stains, odors, and mildew
  • Clean leather and upholstery, carpets, windows, walls, floors, kitchen appliances, grills, and more
  • Deal with damage from flooding and fire

            The queen count her pennies too -- with inexpensive, environmentally friendly cleaning concoctions and ingredients you might never expect, including

  • Tea -- the wood cleaner you can drink!
  • The amazing rust-removing power of the onion
  • Lemon juice
  • Vinegar
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Baking soda
  • ... and the five cleaning products you should never be without!

            Let the Queen of Clean put an end to drudgery with her hints and solutions that get fabulous results -- fast!


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            Stand back, Heloise, here comes the Queen of Clean. Armed with both common sense and ingenuity, Linda Cobb made a name for herself on Morning, Arizona. For those of you who don't happen to live in Arizona, she has written this helpful little book. Talking Dirty with the Queen of Clean tackles just about any household stain, stink, or accident you can think of.

            "There are five cleaning products you should never be without," says the Queen, "and most of them are things you already have in your home." What are they? White vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice, club soda, and Spot Shot Instant Carpet Stain Remover (her favorite brand). With these simple items, you can clean and deodorize nearly every room in your home, thereby saving money on expensive store-bought cleaners and reducing the amounts of chemicals in your home. Did you burn a casserole? Fill the dish with hot water, one tablespoon of baking soda, and soak. Try cleaning brass and copper with half a lemon sprinkled with salt. It should shine right up (and smell good, too).

            The chapters are short and sweet, and besides the usual home / pet / kid / upholstery cleaning techniques, the Queen also tackles patio furniture, the grill, electronic equipment, plants, and smoke and water damage. Did you know you can distract grasshoppers by planting basil around your flowerbeds? They'll eat that and leave your flowers alone. Here's our favorite tip: when painting or washing walls, wrap washcloths or old rags around your wrists and secure them with rubber bands. When you lift your arms, the paint or water drips will be absorbed instead of running all the way down your arms. Keep this book handy.

-- Dana Van Nest

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