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How to Clean Practically Anything

How to Clean Practically Anything (original 1986; edition 2006)

by Editors of Consumer Reports (Editor)

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Title:How to Clean Practically Anything
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Info:Yonkers, N.Y. : Consumers Union, c2006
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How to Clean Practically Anything by The Editors of Consumer Reports (1986)



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Consumer-oriented data-based scientific information on how to clean objects and homes with products presented comparatively.

Cleaning supplies, a $10 billion dollar industry in America, with very little consumer disclosure or assistance. By keeping consumers in the dark, large monopolist industries have been able to sell the same chemicals at dramatically increased prices. One survey found 5000 brands of 39 different disposable cleaning products, none offering anything new that a home brew could not do for far less cost. [ix]

More than cleaning, also discusses such things as how to buy Toilet paper. After discussing softness, wet strength (double ply), and value -- "Actually, buying the cheap brands may turn out to be a false economy". Get two-ply. [177]


Dishwasher detergents. Incompletely dissolved d. can cake in the dispenser or leave a film or powder on dishes. Don't store box under sink or in moist area--it has lost its strength and dissolvability.

Carpets. Steam cleaning is better than shampooing.

Stain-removal guide: Look up the stain in the Index, which will direct you to removal procedure, classified in 9 "groups". For example, "Wine" is in Group 5--soak in warm water (1 qt), dishwashing liquid (1/2 tsp), and vinegar (1 tblspn) for 15", rinse, sponge with alcohol, wash. If necessary, soak in solution wiht "enzyme product".
  keylawk | Apr 1, 2012 |
Wonderful tips. No,no for newspapers for cleaning glass, use paper towels. Added cost for hand soap is simply not worth it. Consumer Report style. ( )
  carterchristian1 | Jul 8, 2010 |
Very useful! ( )
  Scaryguy | Sep 5, 2007 |
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Many people find that frequent, systematic light cleaning has advantages over periodic upheaval.
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With first aid for carpet stains (blot with white clothes, immediately) and instructions on care for bronze, silver, and cast-iron, Consumer Reports continues its efforts to educate and protect the masses. There are details on house cleaning products, furniture care, clothes washers and fabric softeners, air cleaners and hand soaps, and a full appendix on stain removal. Next time you trip with your cup of coffee, you'll wish you had some fast answers.

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Provides practical ways to clean household and personal items, including appliances, upholstery, carpets, and automobiles.

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