Vinegar, Duct Tape, Milk Jugs and More: 1,001 Ingenious Ways to Use Common Household Items to Repair, Restore, Revive, or Replace Just About Everything in Your Life

Overview

Throw out a candle stub, some sour milk, that leftover bag of cat litter?

Not on your life!

You might think of these things as waste that's headed for the trash can, but there are hundreds of practical ways you can save money, time, and natural resources by reusing these and other common objects around your house. Follow Earl Proulx and the editors of Yankee magazine as they show you how to:

* Make soothing facial mask from cat litter

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Overview

Throw out a candle stub, some sour milk, that leftover bag of cat litter?

Not on your life!

You might think of these things as waste that's headed for the trash can, but there are hundreds of practical ways you can save money, time, and natural resources by reusing these and other common objects around your house. Follow Earl Proulx and the editors of Yankee magazine as they show you how to:

* Make soothing facial mask from cat litter

* Cover up furniture scratches with a dab of iodine

* Turn an old teacup, a sandwich bag, and some sugar into an elegant pincushion

* Clean car grease off your hands with olive oil

* Unstick a window with the stub of an old candlestick

* Clear a clogged showerhead with vinegar

* Ant-proof your home with lemon juice

* Make an attractive country picture frame from an old six-pane window

* End static cling with hair spray

* Stop foot blisters with duct tape

* Keep bait worms fresh with coffee grounds

* Make an earring holder out of window screening

More Than 1,000 Creative, Fun, and Ingenious Tips

Clever to the core, Earl Proulx has been coming up with ingenious ways to reuse things since his career as a handyman started nearly 70 years ago. Every month, he shares his solutions and home hints with the more than two million Yankee magazine readers who enjoy his "Plain Talk" column.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780899093857
  • Publisher: Rodale Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/21/2004
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 443,764
  • Product dimensions: 6.48 (w) x 9.11 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Earl Proulx died in March 2003. He was 88 years old and had edited Yankee's "Plain Talk: column for 22 years. He will be missed.

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  • Posted June 29, 2009

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    Money Saving book for Tough Times

    In our current economic slump, a book of this type can make a big difference in our weekly income. The thousand plus practical ways to save money and become more "green" is well worth the price of the book.

    The book is conveniently divided into these primary areas:

    . Kitchen
    . Bathroom
    . Laundry Room
    . Living & family room
    . Bedroom
    . Workshop & garage
    . Outside the house
    . Gardening
    . Recreation, sports & hobbies
    . Day trips, weekends & vacation travel
    . Celebrations
    . Gift giving
    . Office
    . Serendipity

    In addition to these main categories, the front of the book breaks various items into an alphabetized list so you can easily find the pages which uses toothpaste, socks, vinegar, etc., etc.

    This is a very clever book that is also ingenious in the various ways ordinary items can be put to extraordinary uses. Also, I found the book to be laid out in a user friendly way with a lot of fun graphics. Besides the usefulness, it is a great, easy read on a rainy day.

    I hope you find this review helpful.

    Michael L. Gooch

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2012

    Great Book!

    An interesting and informative read and funny too!

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