The Housewife's Handbook

The Housewife's Handbook : How to Run the Modern Home

3.9 (44 ratings by Goodreads)
  • Hardback
By (author) 

List price: US$24.67

Currently unavailable

Add to wishlist

AbeBooks may have this title (opens in new window).

Try AbeBooks


This book is for our 'inner housewife', desperate to learn what housewives everywhere used to know instinctively - how to look after our home well and efficiently, with minimum fuss. Housewifery may be a dying vocation, but generations of wifely wisdom must not be allowed to disappear with it. We need to redefine what it means to be a housewife, for the sake of our homes and for the sake of our sanity. We have become dependent on those 5-in-1 chemical cleaners; we can't seem to wield a Hoover any more; doing the laundry takes days out of our week. We are too busy! We think housework is boring! We are at crisis point! Determined to help us to regain control, Rachel Simhon has compiled this manual on everything we need to know about looking after the home. She reveals how to descale a kettle, polish silver, get scratches off glasses, minimise ironing, store food in the fridge, protect photographs from fading and fold a fitted sheet, and explains how to choose a tumble dryer, manage a room full of children's belongings, sort a week's worth of family laundry and even organise a stress-free spring clean.
And she answers, once and for all, countless questions such as what really gets red wine out of a carpet, why mattresses become lumpy over time and how to put an end to bathroom mould. Quarter-bound with an elegant Fifties-inspired two-colour design and illustrations, The Housewife's Handbook is the definitive guide to caring for the home.
show more

Out of ideas for the holidays?

Visit our Gift Guides and find our recommendations on what to get friends and family during the holiday season. Shop now .

Product details

  • Hardback | 368 pages
  • 156 x 216 x 20mm | 680.39g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0747577501
  • 9780747577508
  • 481,110

About Rachel Simhon

Rachel Simhon is a deputy editor for the Daily Mail, and until recently wrote 'Household plc', a weekly column offering help and advice on running 'the twenty-first-century home'. She lives in London.
show more

Rating details

44 ratings
3.9 out of 5 stars
5 32% (14)
4 34% (15)
3 27% (12)
2 7% (3)
1 0% (0)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X