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


Polish your rings with toothpaste? Absolutely! In fact, you can clean piano keys and even ink stains with the stuff. Surprised? Then get ready. Extraordinary Uses for Everyday Things has thousands of ways to help you get a better value out of more than 200 everyday items you probably already have in your home.

Condition your skin with salt? You can! There are 64 more intriguing uses for everyday table salt. Here’s a sampling: Kill weeds in walkway cracks, keep milk fresh and ...

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Polish your rings with toothpaste? Absolutely! In fact, you can clean piano keys and even ink stains with the stuff. Surprised? Then get ready. Extraordinary Uses for Everyday Things has thousands of ways to help you get a better value out of more than 200 everyday items you probably already have in your home.

Condition your skin with salt? You can! There are 64 more intriguing uses for everyday table salt. Here’s a sampling: Kill weeds in walkway cracks, keep milk fresh and cheese mold-free, shell pecans more easily, repel fleas, and clean your clothes iron.

Feed your plants baking soda? Yes! And we have 82 other clever applications for inexpensive generic baking soda. Things like washing wallpaper, eliminating fish odor, removing stains and scratches on your countertop, clearing clogged drains…the list goes on for pages.

Clean your computer with vinegar? It’s true! That’s just one of 175 surprising things you can do with plain old white vinegar. Discover how to use it to remove bumper stickers, revitalize leather, tenderize meat, banish bugs, sharpen pant creases, keep cut flowers fresh, and more!

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School Library Journal

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: 9781435125599
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 11/29/2010
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 471,771
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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
Adhesive tape     36
Alka-Seltzer     37
Aluminum foil     39
Aluminum pie pans     47
Ammonia     49
Apples     53
Ashes     54
Aspirin     55
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
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
Dental floss     150
Denture tablets     151
Disposable diapers     152
Duct tape     153
Dustpans     159
Earrings     160
Eggs     161
Egg cartons     161
Emery boards     162
Envelopes     163
Epsom salt     164
Fabric softener     166
Fabric softener sheets     167
Film canisters     169
Flour     171
Flowerpots     172
Foam food trays     173
Freezer     174
Funnels     175
Garden hose     176
Gloves     177
Glycerin     178
Golf gear     179
Hair conditioner     180
Hair spray     181
Hydrogen peroxide     183
Ice-cream scoops     184
Ice cubes      185
Ice cube trays     187
Ice scrapers     189
Jars     190
Jar lids     191
Ketchup     193
Keys     194
Kool-Aid     194
Ladders     195
Lemons     196
Lighter fluid     202
Lip balm     202
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
Nail polish     217
Nail polish remover     222
Newspaper     224
Oatmeal     228
Olive oil     229
Onions     230
Oranges     231
Oven cleaner     232
Oven mitts     234
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
Return address labels     275
Rubber bands     276
Rubber jar rings     278
Rubbing alcohol     278
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
Talcum powder     322
Tape     323
Tea     327
Tennis balls     330
Tires     332
Tomato juice     332
Toothbrushes     333
Toothpaste     334
Toothpicks     336
Twist ties     339
Umbrellas     340
Vanilla extract     341
Vegetable oil     341
Vegetable peelers     342
Vinegar     343
Vodka     370
Wallpaper     372
Wax paper     372
WD-40     375
Weather stripping     384
Window cleaner     384
Yogurt     386
Zippers      387
Zucchini     387
Index     388
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