Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things: 2,317 Ways to Save Money and Time

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Discover ingenious ways to use or reuse more than 250 common household items to replace, restore, repair, or revive almost anything in your household—including yourself.

When you have a household problem, don’t run to the store and waste good money, just open your pantry door—and EXTRAORDINARY USES FOR ORDINARY THINGS. You’ll be amazed at what you can do with baby oil, bleach, duct tape, tea, rubbing alcohol, and dozens of other handy items. This book will open your eyes to over...

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Overview

Discover ingenious ways to use or reuse more than 250 common household items to replace, restore, repair, or revive almost anything in your household—including yourself.

When you have a household problem, don’t run to the store and waste good money, just open your pantry door—and EXTRAORDINARY USES FOR ORDINARY THINGS. You’ll be amazed at what you can do with baby oil, bleach, duct tape, tea, rubbing alcohol, and dozens of other handy items. This book will open your eyes to over 2,300 creative and helpful uses you can make of familiar household products. You will discover how to save time and money with items in your pantry, medicine cabinet, wastebasket, and recycling bin that you can use to solve common household problems or to substitute for products that you would otherwise buy.

The over 2,300 extraordinary uses includes:

• Aspirin can revive a dead car battery and a coating of petroleum jelly will keep the battery’s terminals from corroding

• A dab of shaving cream can keep your bathroom mirror from fogging and can remove juice stains on carpeting

• Petroleum jelly makes a great lip balm, makeup remover, and moisturizer

• A turkey baster is the perfect tool for watering Christmas trees and hard-to-reach plants

• Beer can be combed through your hair as a setting lotion, used as lure to trap insects, and polish gold jewelry

• Sandpaper can be used to sharpen needles and scissors, roughen slippery soles of new shoes, remove ink stains and scuff marks from suede, and remove stains on grout lines

• Wax paper will prevent a cast-iron skillet from rusting, restore the nonstick surface on your iron, and use on the bottom of a microwave when cooking messy foods

If you hate to throw things away or if you delight in dreaming up new ways to use ordinary items, then you’ll love the ideas in this book. You’ll be amazed at the problems you can solve. It’s a book you’ll be sure to turn to again and again for helpful ideas, trustworthy advice, and entertaining reading.

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Editorial Reviews

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Use car wax for scratches on compact discs and ketchup to shine copper pots. This collection of tips and odd fixes is arranged alphabetically by ingredient or item. Under each topic is a list of what marvelous things you can do with that item that you would never have dreamed of. The text is chatty and informational, including boxes that give history or tips for a particular item or projects for kids and students. Some of this advice isn't new, reminiscent of Hints from Heloise. The detailed index can help you find the right solution for your problem. Fun and somewhat helpful; for larger collections.


—Karen Ellis Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762106493
  • Publisher: Reader's Digest Association, Incorporated, The
  • Publication date: 3/22/2007
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 459,287
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Reader’s Digest simplifies and enriches consumers’ lives by discovering and expertly selecting the most interesting ideas, stories, experiences and products in health, home, family, food, finance and humor. Our portfolio of products includes our flagship magazine Reader's Digest; Taste of Home, the world's largest circulation food publication; The Family Handyman, America's leading source for DIY; and a suite of Enthusiast titles including Birds & Blooms, Country, Country Woman, Farm & Ranch Living and Reminisce. Our content is delivered in multi-platforms including print, digital, books, and home entertainment products. Further information about the company can be found at www.rda.com

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Table of Contents


Top 10 most useful items for the house     14
Top 12 most useful items for the cook     18
Top 11 most useful items for health and beauty     20
Top 10 most useful items for cleaning     22
Top 11 most useful items for the garden     24
Top 11 most useful items for outdoors     26
Top 13 most useful items for Storage     28
Top 15 most useful items for kids     30
Top 14 most useful items for quick repairs     32
A
Adhesive tape     36
Alka-Seltzer     37
Aluminum foil     39
Aluminum pie pans     47
Ammonia     49
Apples     53
Ashes     54
Aspirin     55
B
Baby oil     58
Baby powder     59
Baby wipes     60
Baby wipes containers     61
Baking soda     62
Balloons     75
Bananas     77
Basters     78
Bath oil     80
Bathtub appliques     81
Beans (dried)     82
Beer     83
Berry baskets     84
Binder clips     85
Bleach     86
Blow-dryer     89
Borax     89
Bottles     91
Bottle opener     96
Bread     97
Bubble pack     98
Buckets     99
Butter     101
Buttons     103
C
Cans     104
Candles     106
Candy tins     107
Cardboard boxes     108
Cardboard tubes     112
Car wax     115
Carpet scraps     115
Castor oil     117
Cat litter     118
Chalk     119
Charcoal briquettes     120
Cheesecloth     121
Chest rub     122
Chewing gum     123
Chicken wire     124
Clipboards     125
Clothespins     125
Club soda     127
Coat hangers     128
Coffee beans     130
Coffee cans     131
Coffee filters     133
Coffee grounds     134
Coins     135
Colanders     137
Cold cream     138
Compact discs     138
Cooking spray     140
Corks     141
Cornstarch     143
Correction fluid     145
Cotton balls     146
Crayons     147
Cream of tartar     148
Curtain rings     148
D
Dental floss     150
Denture tablets     151
Disposable diapers     152
Duct tape     153
Dustpans     159
E
Earrings     160
Eggs     161
Egg cartons     161
Emery boards     162
Envelopes     163
Epsom salt     164
F
Fabric softener     166
Fabric softener sheets     167
Film canisters     169
Flour     171
Flowerpots     172
Foam food trays     173
Freezer     174
Funnels     175
G
Garden hose     176
Gloves     177
Glycerin     178
Golf gear     179
H
Hair conditioner     180
Hair spray     181
Hydrogen peroxide     183
I
Ice-cream scoops     184
Ice cubes      185
Ice cube trays     187
Ice scrapers     189
J
Jars     190
Jar lids     191
K
Ketchup     193
Keys     194
Kool-Aid     194
L
Ladders     195
Lemons     196
Lighter fluid     202
Lip balm     202
M
Magazines     204
Magnets     204
Margarine tubs     205
Marshmallows     206
Masking tape     207
Mayonnaise     208
Meat tenderizer     210
Milk     211
Milk cartons     212
Mothballs     213
Mouse pads     214
Mouthwash     214
Mustard     216
N
Nail polish     217
Nail polish remover     222
Newspaper     224
O
Oatmeal     228
Olive oil     229
Onions     230
Oranges     231
Oven cleaner     232
Oven mitts     234
P
Paintbrushes     235
Pantyhose     236
Paper bags      242
Paper clips     247
Paper plates     248
Paper towels     248
Peanut butter     250
Pencils     251
Pencil erasers     252
Pepper     253
Petroleum jelly     254
Pillowcases     258
Pipe cleaners     260
Plastic bags     261
Plastic containers     267
Plastic lids     268
Plastic tablecloths     269
Plastic wrap     270
Plungers     271
Popsicle sticks     271
Pots and pans     272
Potatoes     273
R
Return address labels     275
Rubber bands     276
Rubber jar rings     278
Rubbing alcohol     278
S
Salt     280
Saltshakers     289
Sand     289
Sandpaper     290
Sandwich and freezer bags     292
Screening     297
Shampoo     298
Shaving cream     301
Sheets     301
Shoe bags     302
Shoe boxes     303
Shortening      303
Shower curtains     304
Skateboards     306
Soap     306
Socks     307
Soda pop     308
Spices     310
Sponges     312
Spray bottles     313
Squirt bottles     314
Steel wool     315
Straws     316
String     317
Styrofoam     319
Sugar     320
T
Talcum powder     322
Tape     323
Tea     327
Tennis balls     330
Tires     332
Tomato juice     332
Toothbrushes     333
Toothpaste     334
Toothpicks     336
Twist ties     339
U
Umbrellas     340
V
Vanilla extract     341
Vegetable oil     341
Vegetable peelers     342
Vinegar     343
Vodka     370
W
Wallpaper     372
Wax paper     372
WD-40     375
Weather stripping     384
Window cleaner     384
Y
Yogurt     386
Z
Zippers      387
Zucchini     387
Index     388
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