When did we lose the knack of looking after our own homes? We have become dependent on 5-in-1 chemical cleaners; we can't seem to wield a Hoover anymore; and descaling the kettle is a task to be indefinitely delayed. Somewhere along the way we have lost the domestic tradition that was simple, quick and effective. The Home Handbook seeks to redress the balance and celebrates the art of caring for your home in the most environmentally-friendly, fuss-free way. Learn how to ...fold a fitted sheet, wash a wallpapered wall, clean shower curtains, unblock a toilet, make your own home-made window cleaner, care for duvets, clean pearls, remove scratches from a wooden table, spot-remove a stain, clean and defrost a freezer, remove heel marks from stone floors, use lemon juice around the house, use bicarb on pots and pans, get red wine out of a carpet, polish wooden furniture, clean really filthy brass, clean a really filthy oven, make cut flowers last longer ...run the modern home.