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Home Comforts

The Art and Science of Keeping House

Home Comforts by Cheryl Mendelson
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1 My Secret Life

2 Easing into a Routine

3 Neatening


4 The Whys and Wherefores of Home Cooking

5 Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

6 Serving Meals

7 Stimulating Beverages

8 The Center of a Dwelling

9 Kitchen Culture

10 To Market, to Market

11 Cold Comfort

12 Bread and Honey

13 Safe Food


14 The Fabric of Your Home

15 Transformations

16 The Natural Fibers

17 The Man-Made Fibers and Blends

18 Fabrics That Work

19 Carefully Disregarding Care Labels

20 Gathering, Storing, and Sorting Laundry

21 Laundering

22 Drying the Laundry

23 Ironing

24 Folding Clothes and Linens

25 How to Launder Tricky Items

26 Common Laundry Mishaps and Problems

27 Sanitizing the Laundry

28 Removing Stains from Fabrics


29 The Air in Your Castle

30 Peaceful Coexistence with Microbes

31 The Chemistry of Household Cleaning

32 Aprons, Rags, and Mops

33 Dust and Dust Mites

34 Vacuuming, Sweeping, and Dusting

35 Textile Furnishings

36 Floors and Furniture of Wood and Woodlike Materials

37 Resilient Floors

38 Ceramic Tile

39 Stone

40 Man-Made Solid Surfaces and Other Plastics

41 Bathrooms

42 Pipes and Drains

43 Walls, Ceilings, Woodwork, and Windows

44 China and Crystal

45 Metals

46 Caring for Jewelry


47 Kindly Light

48 Fireplaces

49 Some Quiet Occupations

50 Sewing

51 Caring for Books

52 Music

53 Images and Recordings

54 Home Offices and Computers

55 Pets


56 The Cave of Nakedness

57 Beds and Bedding

58 Closets for Clothes and Linens


59 Being Prepared

60 Fire

61 Electrical Safety

62 Slips and Falls

63 Further Miscellaneous Safety Rules

64 Poisons, Hazardous Substances, and Proper Disposal of Hazardous Household Wastes

65 Additional Safety Measures for Children


66 Understanding Your Castle

67 Too Late to Say You?re Sorry

68 Promises, Promises

69 Domestic Employment Laws

70 Working with Household Help

71 Insurance

72 Fond Records





Scribner; November 1999
896 pages; ISBN 9780743272384
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Author: Cheryl Mendelson
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