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The Ultimate Book of Household Hints and Tips by Cassandra Kent is a book that stresses on ‘organization’ as the key to running a home well, not just for the kitchen alone. The goal is to keep clutters to a minimum by establishing a cleaning routine and making time for regular repairs and maintenance. Our focus is to highlight the kitchen or food related aspect covered by the book and why we think the book can be a good reference for you.
The essential problem-solver – Clever solutions to everyday problems to save your time, trouble and money.
Complete home management – No-nonsense expertise on cleaning, laundry, home decorating and repairs, entertaining, cooking, home safety and first aid.
Step-by-step stain removal – a fully illustrated guide to getting rid of stains.
Packed with bright ideas – special tip boxes that highlight traditional wisdom, green alternatives and money- and time-saving suggestions.
In a bird’s eye view perspective, the book highlighted many useful guides and tips for running a clean, organized and safe home. The book’s content is structured into 9 chapters – (1) house cleaning, (2) stain removal, (3) clothes and laundry, (4) care and repair, (5) home improvements, (6) home maintenance, (7) food and drinks, (8) housekeeping and (9) health and safety.
Below are some of the highlights by-chapters which we think why the book may be a good choice of reference for you.
House cleaning – You will learn how to maintain cleaning equipments; suggestions on cleaning frequency for different rooms; how to handle cleaning of different surfaces of floors, walls, windows, electrical fixtures, furnishing, curtains and blinds, kitchen sinks, equipments and appliances; methods in handling kitchen waste and dealing with pests and smells are also highlighted.
Stain removal – You will be exposed in methods of tackling stains of different surfaces which is common occurrences at home, especially for a home with children. It shares about how to handle food stains involving greasy, coloured food stains and spills from beverages.
Clothes and laundry – You will be educated on the international fabric care symbols, guided on how to care for different fabrics with special treatments, and effective ways from drying, ironing to storing. This understanding will be useful if you’re to handle kitchen related fabrics such as table napkins, kitchen table linens, and more.
Care and repair – You will be guided on how to care for kitchen utensils or equipments of materials from wood, metal, glass and china, soft furnishing, electronic equipment and more; and removing marks (alcohol stains, heat marks, grease marks, burnt marks) from some of these materials.
Home improvements – You will have basic ideas that will save a great deal of money by doing your own decorating and simple home repairs, such as painting, fixing your own kitchen display shelves, and more.
Home maintenance – You will have understanding on the mechanics of repairing fittings and equipment to ensure all works properly and to avoid long term problems in plumbing, electricity and fuel, heating and cooling; and general repairs of floors, doors, stairs, windows and equipments related to home security.
Food and drink – You will be suggested on how to solve common problems of equipments and ingredients, best ways to handle, prepare and store fruits, vegetables, meat, dairy, eggs, bread, pasta, rice, nuts, oils, herbs and seasoning, baking, sweets and beverages.
Housekeeping – You will be surprise by some of the cost saving, effective and efficient do-it-yourself (DIY) ideas on storing, wrapping and packing, flower arrangements for decoration, basics to sewing, caring for babies and children, handling pets, and even for organizing social occasions such as dinner/children parties, picnics and even moving of house.
Health and safety – You will see the importance of ensuring health and safety to be the top priority in a home, especially when one has small children, or elderly or disabled people. The kitchen is recognized as the most dangerous room in the home, followed by the bathroom. Simple precautionary measures on these areas are highlighted for prevention of accidents while a listing of first aid measures are shown to handle situational emergencies such as fire, electrical injuries, drowning that requires resuscitation, treating injuries and common ailments.
In summary, it’s a wonderful book which covers a wide area of a home. The tips and guides brought forth are easy to follow and the book contains a number of special features that makes information easy to access such as having quick reference boxes for each chapter and tip boxes showing pieces of traditional wisdom, money-and-time saving tips, bright ideas, and green alternatives that make household chores quick, easy and efficient.
Casssandra Kent. The Ultimate Book of Household Hints and Tips (London: Dorling Kindersley Limited, 1996, 2009)