Mrs. Meyer's Clean Home: No-nonsense advice that will inspire you to clean like the Dickens
by Mrs. Thelma A. Meyer
Wellness Central - Nonfiction
239 pages, incl. index & glossary
I got my copy of Mrs. Meyer's Clean Home from Anna Balasi at Hachette Books. Believe it or not, I love this kind of book because:
a.) I'm a pretty rotten housewife (I need a lot of reference books to guide me -- maybe that's a nicer way of describing myself), and
b.) I no longer have a mother to ask for advice about tough stains and/or such important things as how to clean the kind of floor that people used to have in their homes in the 50's and 60's, which were forsaken in the name of glorious linoleum and now have come back into vogue.
Yes, I know that was a disgusting run-on sentence. Nobody has ever accused me of being succinct.
When I began reading, I really did actually feel inspired by this book but I decided I needed to do what I do with most "how-to" books before putting things into action: read first, then reread whatever portion is urgently needed, as applicable. And, there came a point that I started to get a little disillusioned with the book. There is a Mrs. Meyer's cleaning products company, and it wasn't the real Mrs. Meyer who created that company, but one of her daughters. I didn't find that overly off-putting, just knowing there was a company out there with the name of the chick on the cover.
However, once I got into the book, I found that I was a little muddled by some of the suggestions. What, for example, is "all-purpose cleaning liquid"? To be honest, I need a little more guidance, like some brand names. The glossary doesn't suggest brands, either, so it's not particularly helpful if you're already baffled about a particular item -- meaning, I guess, that you could go look up Mrs. Meyer's products, but . . . big but. I'm not going to go out of my way to locate her cleaning products because I'm pretty sure I'd have to either order or drive 50 miles to my nearest Target to get them. Sigh. It really sucks not having a mother.
Point being, I'll have to determine whether or not I have some of those generic cleaning items (and, if not, what exactly they are and where I can acquire them) before I can put the book into use, but I do think the book is presented beautifully. There are lots of cute little boxes with lists of supplies, drawings and anecdotes that make the book a joy to look at. In spite of a few misgivings about some suggestions I'm concerned might be a little too weak to do the job, very few of the cleaning items are costly or difficult to obtain so it won't hurt to try. I'm going to put Mrs. Meyer's Clean Home in my utility room and refer to the book, as needed.
Mrs. Meyer recommends avoiding a lot of the typical chemical cleaners that one can find fighting for space in the cleaning-product aisles, opting for "natural" ingredients instead, in most cases -- lots of baking soda, vinegar, etc. There are a few items I'm pretty sure I can't acquire locally (eucalyptus oil, for example -- in general, if it's not at Walmart I'm out of luck), but I've been using baking soda instead of a bleach cleaner to scrub my kitchen counter-tops for years, so I can verify baking soda as a good choice for a lot of cleaning needs. Vinegar is new to me, apart from window cleaning. I'm looking forward to giving her methods a go.
Photo of the day . . .
It's possible my cat is a little spoiled. She has had her own water glass in our bedroom since she rejected her kitchen bowl and went after my bottled water, one day (she climbed right up on my chest and tried to drink from my bottle. I kid you not). She's a nut. And, I'm an enabler.