In recent years, there has been a plethora of products created to clean and maintain the home. Newer, however, isn't always better. Many of today's products are expensive, bad for the environment and don't work any better than Grandma's methods that cost only pennies.
The Country Almanac of Housekeeping Techniques That Save You Money teaches readers the creative housekeeping secrets of our fore-mothers for maintaining homey houses without modern day expenses. Author Richard Freudenberger has collected hundreds of formulas for effective cleaning on the cheap (and green to boot!) and ways our ancestors saved on heating bills and maintained cozy, charming homes with little besides their ingenuity.
This comprehensive encyclopedia gathers the least expensive ways of taking care of everything in your house-from dishes and laundry, to healthy meals, to the best ways to get the longest life out of every household item from pots and pans to pillowcases.
About the Author
Richard Freudenberger is the publisher of Back Home magazine and has authored several books on country skills and sustainable living.
"Freudenberger (Alcohol Fuel: A Guide to Making and Using Ethanol as a Renewable Fuel) and the other editors of BackHome Magazine have produced a comprehensive guide, filled with information to help readers clear toxins and excess waste from their homes while gaining an appreciation for self-efficiency. The projects, recipes, and general practices have all been tested by the contributors, and each entry lists necessary materials and projected monetary savings. The guide is divided into three parts. 'All Around the House' covers housekeeping practices, including instructions for making household cleaning products, as well as recipes and general advice for saving money on food preparation. This section is accessible to a wide audience, and most people could easily adopt these methods without any prior experience. Part 2, 'Those Special Interests That Make Life Special, ' focuses on crafts, pets, and holiday recipes and homemade gifts. Part 3, 'Heading Outside: The Great Outdoors, ' covers topics more suitable to experienced woodworkers or gardeners, but the instructions are clear and detailed enough for novices. VERDICT: This is a versatile reference for sustainable housekeeping, gardening, and DIY projects."--Library Journal
Number Of Pages: 254
Published: 1st January 2012
Publisher: Fair Winds Press
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 17.8 x 1.778
Weight (kg): 0.544
Edition Number: 1