Clean It! Fix It! Eat It!: Easy Ways to Solve Everyday Problems with Brand-Name Products You've Already Got Around the House by Joey Green, Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Clean It! Fix It! Eat It!: Easy Ways to Solve Everyday Problems with Brand-Name Products You've Already Got Around the House

Clean It! Fix It! Eat It!: Easy Ways to Solve Everyday Problems with Brand-Name Products You've Already Got Around the House

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by Joey Green
     
 

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Hundreds of humorous yet helpful tips on using brand-name household products are presented by the author from his wackyuses database. He explains what chore or problem the product can be used for, such as using Alka-Seltzer( to clean a toilet, or using Bounce( to remove soap scum from shower doors.

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Hundreds of humorous yet helpful tips on using brand-name household products are presented by the author from his wackyuses database. He explains what chore or problem the product can be used for, such as using Alka-Seltzer( to clean a toilet, or using Bounce( to remove soap scum from shower doors.

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Joey Green, who achieved fame in previous books for cleaning his clothes with Cheez Whiz, was impressed by the useful suggestions people sent to his web site. Ultimately, he decided he owed it to the public to publish this helpful advice, including the news that Efferdent cleans stainless steel sinks, Alka-Seltzer cleans coffee makers, Hellman's Mayonnaise kills head lice, and Jell-O deodorizes smelly feet.

Inevitably, a book like this divides itself into several parts for the reader: appallingly goofy tips you swear you'll never try, intriguing but wacky tips you can't wait to try, and suggestions that just leave you kind of stunned. (Indeed, this is the book's charm).

So here goes: I will never:

  • take a bath with Maxwell House coffee grounds
  • clean hard contact lenses with Close-Up Classic Red Gel toothpaste
  • create a deep-cleaning mask with unused Tidy Cat and water
  • cook a turkey with Coca-Cola

On the other hand, I can't wait to:

  • start a campfire using Dorito tortilla chips as kindling
  • clean salt water deposits from boat parts with Kool-Aid
  • kill mosquitoes by putting a little Lemon Joy in a bowl of water and leaving it on the porch

And you can consider me totally stunned at the thought of making a grilled cheese sandwich with a Proctor-Silex Ultra-Iron and Reynolds Wrap (wrap sandwich in foil and iron each side until golden brown).

I have already run out and bought a package of Bounce after learning it can eliminate musty smells from old books, clean bowling balls, and prevent a laser printer from jamming. I am thrilled to know that Coca-Cola can wash away the smell of skunk and take rust off ice skates (will Diet Coke work as well?); that Smirnoff vodka can substitute for aftershave lotion and take up spots on carpets; and that Jif peanut butter (that's creamy, not crunchy) can clean compact disks and remove decals from bathtubs.

Well, it's a new day for me and the products in my cupboard; it may be for you, too. (Ginger Curwen)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780735202955
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/28/2001
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
496,978
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Read an Excerpt

Every day, upstanding citizens from all walks of life visit my web site and, inspired by the hundreds of wacky uses for brand-name products posted there and in my books, send me e-mail, sharing their own innovative uses for brand-name products. I am constantly awed and amazed by the ingenuity of these suggestions.

For months, I didn't know what to do with all these marvelous letters. Most of the tips I receive are all-new uses for products I've already featured in my previous books-like Bounce, Coca-Cola, and Jif Peanut Butter. How was I supposed to go back and add these new uses to my other books? So I kept all these contributions in a box, until one day I realized I had collected hundreds of remarkable new tips that I was selfishly keeping hidden from the public.

I was keeping some astonishingly useful information to myself. Efferdent cleans stainless-steel sinks. Frenchs Mustard relieves burns. Hellmanns Mayonnaise kills head lice. Jell-O deodorizes smelly feet. I felt horribly guilty.

And so, I decided to organize all the suggestions and share them with the world, giving credit where credit is due-to the ingenious individuals who courageously tested these wacky uses and then unselfishly submitted their findings to me. Here then are tips, hints, and suggestions from a virtual secret laboratory of private citizens. I hope you'll forgive me for keeping all these tips to myself for so long. Unless you think that's where they should have stayed.

Meet the Author

Joey Green is the author of twelve books including the bestselling Polish Your Furniture with Panty Hose series. His titles have sold in the hundreds of thousands. Joey has appeared on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno", "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," "Dateline," "CNN Newsnight," "Good Morning America," "Today," "Rosie O'Donnell," and dozens of other national and regional television and radio shows. In print he has appeared in hundreds of periodicals including the New York Times, People, Los Angeles Times, and the Washington Post.

To visit his website go to:
http://www.wackyuses.com

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