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Kim - you've taught me so much
How Clean is Your House
Member Name: jade22green
How Clean is Your House
Advantages: great tips and ideas for cleaning
Disadvantages: some disgusting images
How clean is your house is a channel 4 programme featuring Kim Woodburn and Aggie McKenzie, expert cleaners with a great deal of knowledge and experience in cleaning. They seem to know everything you could possibly need to know about cleaning and I have managed to pick up a lot of tips and ideas from them.
The show lasts 30 minutes (25 without adverts) and features one home per episode. During the episode Kim and Aggie go into a home and have a look around. These are no normal homes. They are filthy and very untidy. I often find myself cringing as they show you around. Common scenes include piles of dirty washing, thick dust everywhere, mouse droppings, dead flies and floors that you can't even see because they are covered in rubbish.
After the initial showing you around scenes, we are then introduced to the people living in the house and told a bit about them and why the house is so dirty/untidy. Reasons vary a lot and can be anything between depression and illness to those who admit that they just can't be bothered.
We then see Kim and Aggie help them to de-clutter the rooms and show them how to clean various in different ways. Usually Kim shows them how to clean things up and Aggie goes more into the scientific side, taking samples and measuring the quality of the air.
Finally we see the finished home, all clean and tidy. Kim and Aggie sometimes give the contestants a schedule for cleaning or a rota and tell them they will be coming back in 2 weeks. In some of the later episodes they didn't re-visit, but when they did it would be 50/50 if they had kept it tidy or not. Some were really good and kept it lovely, with others, after just 2 weeks, you could see they were no different and that the house would end up the same in no time at all.
During the final series they added a little section where Kim and Aggie would go into local shopping Centres and Towns and offer tips and advice to the public. People could bring an item that needed cleaning and they would show or tell them how to do it. They would also show you how dirt and germs can build up in places like the car and the sofa.
I liked How clean is your house and always thought that Kim was wonderful. She is a very funny lady and always makes me laugh out loud whenever I watch her. I agree with a lot of the things she says to people as well and no matter what you say about her, she is very open and honest about everything. I also like how down to earth she is as well. Aggie was good, but very much in Kim's shadow and doesn't really display much of her personality through the show. She does appear to have a very deep knowledge and understanding of the science behind and cleaning though.
Sometimes this show could be absolutely disgusting, the things you see, I just don't know how anyone could live like that. I actually get annoyed at some of the people on there. They complain that they have had a bad time and so didn't want to do the cleaning. I myself have been through some very bad downs in my life, but it doesn't stop me doing the basic cleaning and it does seem as though they just want an excuse.
The people that really bug me though are the ones who just can't be bothered. They have these great flats and houses and just don't bother at all. Not because they are ill or don't have time, but because they would rather go out and socialise, and some of these people have children! How they get away with it I don't know. I would be scared that social services would want to take my children away if I lived like some of these people.
The people on the show are quite a varied bunch. They have had farmers, disabled people, housewives and mothers and professionals. Some of them do seem genuinely overwhelmed by the mess they have got themselves into, whilst others seem to find it funny, but not for long because Kim always puts them straight.
I like to watch for the cleaning tips and advice and have learnt quite a bit from watching. I always tried to watch it the day before I did the cleaning so that I felt motivated the next day, and it certainly worked, just thinking about those houses makes me work a lot harder. Don't get me wrong, my house is not a palace and if you were to look these is probably dust about, but I just don't know how people eat in a kitchen or wash in a shower that in some cases has not been cleaned in over 10 years!
Summary: Not one to watch if you're eating