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Whatever the season, Spring Cleaning celebrates the rewarding ritual of refreshing your home from top to bottom. Here is clear and practical advice for how to shake the dust from the cushions, chase cobwebs from the corners, and throw open those squeaky-clean windows to let in the clean, fresh breeze.
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Monica Nassif is founder and CEO of The Caldrea Company, which specializes in natural cleaning products. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and two daughters.
Patrick Fox is a Minneapolis-based photographer who spends time away from the camera flying a bush plane and tending 160 forested acres around his cabin in Northern Wisconsin.
Nassir gives housework's homely image a makeover in this pretty little guide to sweeping, mopping and de-junking in the grand tradition of the spring clean. Acknowledging that few people have time for the full-blown, traditional affair, in which everything in sight gets scrubbed and polished, Nassir encourages her readers to approach cleaning as a ritual, one task at a time, and to look at "caring for your home as an extension of caring for yourself." She offers numerous suggestions on soundtracks (how about Toscas, featuring Maria Callas, for cleaning the basement?); proper dress (a gardener's apron has handy pockets); good tools (galvanized steel buckets trump plastic models for sturdiness and style); and, of course, cleaning strategies (salt and vinegar paste polishes brass, while black tea diluted in water does a good job on wood floors). As she moves through particular areas of the house, Nassir gives task-by-task guidelines complete with tool lists, time estimates and suggestions for celebrating a "job well done." From porches to ovens to drawers to dryer ducts, Nassir, who founded a fancy cleanser company "devoted to making household chores more enjoyable," is a knowledgeable guide. One may wonder, though, whether the book is as useful as it is cute-the problem with cleaning for most isn't that they don't know how to do it, it's that they don't really want to. 25 four-color photographs.
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