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"The Country Almanac of Housekeeping Techniques That Save You Money is an empowering book that shows us all how to live healthier and greener, save money, take care of our homes and yards, and do it all ourselves! It would make a great gift for any homeowner."—Brigitte Mars, www.brigittemars.com, co-author of The Country Almanac of Home Remedies Our forefathers and mo "The Country Almanac of Housekeeping Techniques That Save You Money is an empowering book that shows us all how to live healthier and greener, save money, take care of our homes and yards, and do it all ourselves! It would make a great gift for any homeowner."—Brigitte Mars, www.brigittemars.com, co-author of The Country Almanac of Home Remedies Our forefathers and mothers knew how to keep their homes clean and homey—and live richer while spending less. Many of today's products are expensive, bad for the environment, and don't work any better than Grandma's methods, which only cost pennies. The editors at Back Home Magazine have collected hundreds of formulas for effective cleaning, gardening, and home maintenance—as well as ways our ancestors saved on heating bills, prevented costly repairs, and maintained a cozy, charming home with little besides ingenuity. Drawing on the advice and techniques of contributors across the country, this indispensable guide shows you the best ways to take care of everything in your home from wood floors, to tile, to stainless steel appliances--and how to get the longest life out of every household item from pots and pans to pillowcases. The Country Almanac of Housekeeping Techniques That Save You Money is chock-full of solutions, recipes, and how-to projects for living a simpler, cleaner life and keeping your home beautiful.


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"The Country Almanac of Housekeeping Techniques That Save You Money is an empowering book that shows us all how to live healthier and greener, save money, take care of our homes and yards, and do it all ourselves! It would make a great gift for any homeowner."—Brigitte Mars, www.brigittemars.com, co-author of The Country Almanac of Home Remedies Our forefathers and mo "The Country Almanac of Housekeeping Techniques That Save You Money is an empowering book that shows us all how to live healthier and greener, save money, take care of our homes and yards, and do it all ourselves! It would make a great gift for any homeowner."—Brigitte Mars, www.brigittemars.com, co-author of The Country Almanac of Home Remedies Our forefathers and mothers knew how to keep their homes clean and homey—and live richer while spending less. Many of today's products are expensive, bad for the environment, and don't work any better than Grandma's methods, which only cost pennies. The editors at Back Home Magazine have collected hundreds of formulas for effective cleaning, gardening, and home maintenance—as well as ways our ancestors saved on heating bills, prevented costly repairs, and maintained a cozy, charming home with little besides ingenuity. Drawing on the advice and techniques of contributors across the country, this indispensable guide shows you the best ways to take care of everything in your home from wood floors, to tile, to stainless steel appliances--and how to get the longest life out of every household item from pots and pans to pillowcases. The Country Almanac of Housekeeping Techniques That Save You Money is chock-full of solutions, recipes, and how-to projects for living a simpler, cleaner life and keeping your home beautiful.

30 review for The Country Almanac of Housekeeping Techniques That Save You Money: Folk Wisdom for Keeping Your House Clean, Green, and Homey

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    We just bought our first home, and while living in a (very tiny) apartment gave me a taste of what housekeeping required, a whole house, not to mention the exterior, is an entirely different beast. Additionally, being out in "the sticks" with a well and septic system, I've become more conscious of what we put down the drain, how we use energy, etc. etc. So I've been looking for ways to be eco-friendly, conserve energy, save money, and just generally do this home-owning thing the right way. The gr We just bought our first home, and while living in a (very tiny) apartment gave me a taste of what housekeeping required, a whole house, not to mention the exterior, is an entirely different beast. Additionally, being out in "the sticks" with a well and septic system, I've become more conscious of what we put down the drain, how we use energy, etc. etc. So I've been looking for ways to be eco-friendly, conserve energy, save money, and just generally do this home-owning thing the right way. The great thing about this book is you can take away as much or as little as you would like from it. In order to implement some of the techniques, you'd have to be pretty extremely into this stuff and/or have a lot of time on your hands. I work full-time (and so does BF), so I certainly don't have the time or inclination to dry my own herbs, sew curtains out of old sheets, or make sandals out of old tires (one of the stranger DIY projects in the book). However, I did take a lot away. I had started a bit on my own using vinegar and borax for cleaning, and this book gave me more uses and cleaning product alternatives. Although I'm still a few years away from having kids, the section on cloth diapers has me thinking. It has a lot of tips and tricks on how you can save energy, and overall be a little more self-sufficient. Definitely worth flipping through, even if you only make a couple of the techniques your own, you'll very likely find something that fits into your lifestyle and can make the daily grind a little bit easier, greener, and cheaper!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Corrie

    Some helpful ideas, but too many that were odd, or didn't seem practical to implement. Some helpful ideas, but too many that were odd, or didn't seem practical to implement.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Shari Henry

    I probably won't put into practice half of what's in this book (sandals made out of old rubber tires are not my thing), but there is something here for everyone who cares about keeping your house "clean, green, and homey." Written by the editors of Backhome Magazine, you'll find hundreds of recipes for inexpensive homemade cleaning and health and beauty products. You'll also get recipes, craft projects, and home building ideas. I'll have to come back to this one again and again. I probably won't put into practice half of what's in this book (sandals made out of old rubber tires are not my thing), but there is something here for everyone who cares about keeping your house "clean, green, and homey." Written by the editors of Backhome Magazine, you'll find hundreds of recipes for inexpensive homemade cleaning and health and beauty products. You'll also get recipes, craft projects, and home building ideas. I'll have to come back to this one again and again.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Fenton

    YAY ! Full of great ideas to get your home in order. Great cleaning recipes too.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    like the bread making and canning tips and the dozen uses for old sheets and linens, gonna try the herbal infusion recipe for linens.

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