Published by Plume on February 25, 2014
Source: TLC Book Tours
From Goodreads: The author of the hit column “Ask a Clean Person” offers a hilarious and practical guide to cleaning up life’s little emergencies
Life is filled with spills, odors, and those oh-so embarrassing stains you just can’t tell your parents about. And let’s be honest: no one is going to ask Martha Stewart what to do when your boyfriend barfs in your handbag.
Thankfully, Jolie Kerr has both staggering cleaning knowledge and a sense of humor. With signature sass and straight talk, Jolie takes on questions ranging from the basic—how do I use a mop? —to the esoteric—what should I do when bottles of homebrewed ginger beer explode in my kitchen? My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag proves that even the most nightmarish cleaning conundrums can be solved with a smile, the right supplies, and a little music.
Every time I come across a handbook for cleaning, I remember this interview I watched with Kirstie Alley. In it, she explained that nothing cleans a bathroom better than vodka, (the implied added bonus is that you can drink while you work). If you’re like me, then you’re always looking for a quick fix to household chores (although I haven’t tried the vodka trick yet). For some, this is because they are busy with kids and a career, but for others like me it’s because you hate cleaning so much it’s just easier to busy yourself with things other than chores. Regardless of which camp you fall into, My Boyfriend Barfed In My Handbag… And Other Things You Can’t Ask Martha by Jolie Kerr will offer some great little gems for some of the more delicate aspects of cleaning up after yourself.
Like most handbooks, this one covers the basics, such as how to defrost a freezer, clean your ceiling fans without standing on a wobbly stool, and what to do with your makeup brushes. What makes this one different is that Kerr addresses some of the less-talked about problems that people tend to encounter, such as gym clothes that never smell clean, brassiere maintenance, and how to fix a self-dye job. In a candid style that is filled with personal anecdotes, Kerr’s how-to book is both helpful and funny, which is a nice combination when the topic is grout and toilets.
I recommend this book for anyone who’s looking for some easy shortcuts in their daily cleaning routine and/or have no idea what they’re doing.
What’s your #1 cleaning tip?