Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking Reading + Giveaway

April 26, 2011(updated on October 3, 2018)

Hip Girl's Guide to Homemaking

Because I write about food and my many acts of preservation, people often assume that I’m also an expert in a variety of home-based arts. And while it’s true that my kitchen comfort is bone deep, when it comes to gardening, laundry and acts of home improvement, my skills are basic at best.

Happily, I now have in my possession a book that I think is going to change all that. Written by the delightfully ebullient Kate Payne, The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking answers my every homekeeping question and offers up a wealth of useful tips as well. I particularly love her suggestion to dab a bit of vanilla extract on a bit cotton ball and then vacuum it up for sweet smelling rooms. I’m doing that tomorrow (my 25-year-old carpets need all the help they can get).

Hip Girl's Guide to Homemaking

For you canning enthusiasts out there, you’ll be happy to learn that there’s an entire chapter of the book devoted to food preservation. Kate includes information on canning, freezing and ensuring that the food you’re storing (whether we’re talking short-term leftover storage or longer-term preservation) will be safe for you and your family to eat. There are a few really wonderful recipes tucked into this section as well. As soon as I get a hold of some rhubarb, I’m making the Rhubarb Hibiscus Vanilla Preserves on page 228.

Hip Girl's Guide to Homemaking

If this description has you interested in this book, well, you’re in luck as I have a copy to give away. For a chance to win, leave a comment on this post and include your favorite household tip. The giveaway will close on Wednesday, April 27 at 11:59 pm. One entry per person please!

Also, if you’re in the Philadelphia area, make sure to head out to the University of Pennsylvania bookstore this Wednesday night at 6 pm, where Kate will be answering questions and signing books.

Disclosure: The book you see here is a free review copy furnished by the publisher (they’re also providing the copy I’m giving away). What’s more, Kate Payne is a friend of mine and I’m hosting a potluck meet’n’greet for her on Tuesday, April 26. However, despite the freebie and the friendship, my opinions are still my own and are expressed honestly.

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  • I think that making my own laundry detergent is the best thing I have done. It saves us money, it’s environmentally sound, and it actually does a good job of cleaning.

  • If things get stuffy and you can’t open windows, try a spritz of water-diluted tea tree oil.

  • The magical powers of white vinegar can not be underestimated. A spritz of vinegar and water, with maybe a drop or so of essential oils, freshenes fabrics and carpet. Yes, it smells like vinegar at first. But when it’s dry, unpleasant smells are banished. I’m about to tackle our office that the previous tenants obviously used as a litter box. Warmer weather has awoken the smell of cats past.

  • I would love this book! I just started canning foods and made my first apple butter last week!

    The main cleaning product I use in my home is a little water and a little vinegar in a spray bottle, it works for everything and is safe!

  • This one is from my Aunt Anne, baking soda to clean your cast iron enamel pans without scratching them. I have since learned baking soda works as a non-scratch cleanser on everything. Sink, counter-top, nonstick pans. I like it.

  • Although mentioned before, vinegar is amazing – a little in the water in my spray bottle and I can clean windows, mirrors and stainless steel appliances. A little more in a mop bucket and my floors, both lino and wood are shiny and clean.

  • It’s a tip that probably everyone knows, but baking soda helps to get rid of stinkiness in laundry and carpets.

  • After I’ve squeezed a lemon for juice and zested the outside for my little container of zest that I keep in the freezer, I dip the cut side of the lemon in baking soda and use it to scour my old and prone to staining porcelain sink and my stove top.

  • I’m sure it’s been said a couple-hundred times on here already – the cleaning kit consists mainly of baking soda, vinegar, salt and lemons. And a tub full of elbow grease!

  • I like to make vegetable garden signs out of sliced up large yoghurt tubs. 1) take a 32 oz tub and remove the lid. 2) using a sharp x-acto or razor, cut out the bottom leaving only the hollow tube formed by the bottomless container 3) again with the x-acto, cut the bottomless tub into strips from top to bottom. 4) These strips can now be used as veggie garden labels!

  • I would love to have a copy of this book. One of my favorite tips is combining baking soda and vinegar for cleaning. I call it making volcanoes. As the fizz erupts and am confident of the clean. Great for freshening drains and soaking to remove stains & odors.
    Thanks for this great opportunity.

  • I clean my floors with an old washcloth and a spray bottle of homemade cleaner. While I feel a bit like Cinderella, I like that I’m not washing the floors with muddy water. When the cloth is dirty I get up and rinse it out. It helps that my house is tiny.

  • Oh – I’d love to get a copy of this book! As for my favorite tip(s), baking soda and vinegar to clear the sink drains and half a lemon to freshen the garbage disposal (if you have one ;)).

  • I have found a lot of aluminum bake ware at garage sales, but unfortunately it tends to discolor and collect grease really easily. I discovered that swirling a bit of warm white vinegar in the pan before scouring makes the grease come off as if it were not baked on at all.

  • My brain is at a loss for a good tip! I did clean my piano keys with a Mr Clean sponge which worked wonders! They were impossible to get clean by regular means – and don’t ask how they got dirty – no idea! (kids maybe?)

    This looks like a great book – if I don’t win I may have to get it for Mothers’ Day!

  • I hope I win this book! I like to think that I am a hip homemaker but there are always great ways to improve!
    I think the best tip I can give is to make sure that your kids’ pockets are empty before you wash and dry their clothes. Saves a lot of frustration trying to get melted crayon out of clothes… 🙂

  • tip..Vinegar…one name for major cleaning in my house..from pans to hot plate..i use it almost everywhere..:-)