Most people use nail polish remover to remove nail polish. They use coffee grounds to make coffee and hair dryers to dry their hair. The majority of people may also think that the use of eggs, lemons, mustard, butter, and mayonnaise should be restricted to making delicious food in the kitchen. The Instructables.com community would disagree with this logic—they have discovered hundreds of inventive and surprising ways to use these and other common household materials to improve day-to-day life.
Did you know that tennis balls can protect your floors, fluff your laundry, and keep you from backing too far into (and thus destroying) your garage? How much do you know about aspirin? Sure, it may alleviate pain, but it can also be used to remove sweat stains, treat bug bites and stings, and prolong the life of your sputtering car battery. These are just a few of the quirky ideas that appear in Unusual Uses for Ordinary Things.
Readers of Unusual Uses for Ordinary Things will learn how to:
- Remove odors from clothes using vodka
- Shine leather belts, wallets, purses, and jackets using butter
- Remove scuffs from sneakers using toothpaste
- Locate small objects once thought to be gone forever using pantyhose
- And much more!
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About the Author
Wade Wilgus is a former Oakland middle school teacher whose projects range from useful classroom activities to gluing mustaches to pistachios. He is the managing editor of Instructables, but spends the majority of his time figuring out ways to integrate meaningful research and hands-on learning in the classroom. He is always astounded by the creativity of his colleagues and encourages everyone to check out Instructables to see their brilliant work.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
REV Unusual Uses By Bill Marsano. (N.B.: The RATING function isn't functioning. I rate this a 2-Star Book.) Wade Wilgus is THE editor of this book and AN editor of Instructables, a website devoted to odd but helpful new uses for ordinary items—aluminum foil, ground coffee, vodka, pantyhose, a hair dryer, and foodstuffs such as lemons, butter and mustard. (There’s also some wack-job stuff involving mustaches.) I could wish that Editor Wilgus had been a little more on the ball. Editing is not just stacking stuff up for publication, as he appears to think. It involves organization, discernment and sweat. If the subject itself interests you, then you will know at least a couple of these tips already, and so can congratulate yourself on being pretty smart. On the other hand there ares a couple of tips top avoide. Don't sharpen scissors by cutting aluminum foil (or sandpaper). Well, maybe in a real emergency, but in the end you’ll ruin the scissors. Likewise, applying heat to a new bruise is NOT a good idea. There are lots of good tips, however, but there’s no way you’ll easily remember them, which can be a problem. If you want to remove eye makeup, you can quickly turn to “Incredible Eye Makeup Remover Hacks” and find out about the efficacy of avocados, among other things. But if you want to disinfect a cutting board or polish chrome, there are no such helpful headings (the tips are stashed under “4 Vinegar Mysteries Solved!”). Another example is eggs. “6 Unusual Uses for Eggs” suggests using them as glue, cleaning products and plant food, among other things, but you’re unlikely to find out unless you’re the type who sits around thinking “Now what can I do with my eggs beside eat them?” Some hints are truly desperate. For example, “Eggsactly Like a First-Aid Kit” says if you cut yourself, just hard-boil and egg, peel it, and use the thin membrane under the shell as a Band-Aid. Really? Let me suggest you stick that you finger under the cold-water tap for a bit and then grab a paper towel. As to the formulation “Eggsactly”—such verbal atrocities ought to have been removed by Editor Wilgus. Some whole sections are truly desperate, for example, “5 Ways Tea Could Help You Survive a Zombie Outbreak.” Such stuff falls below sophomoric humor the level of puerile. Of course, if you don't mind a purely frivolous approach or if all you want is some dubious "amusement," this could be the book for you.—Bill Marsano has been a professional editor writer (probably) since before Wade Wilgus was born.
The book, Unusual Uses for Ordinary Things by Instructables.com and Wade Wilgus has many different tips and tricks to take what I have and make them even more useful! Like the idea of taking butter from the fridge and using it for more than just food, but for cleaning my leather shoes and belts. It not only shines them up but makes them soft too! Plus, you can even use pantyhose for small objects, keeping them from getting lost or toothpaste to repair scuffs on sneakers and other objects. I really have to say this is one of those books that anyone who wants to fix or repair what they use often should own! It not only keeps what you love looking great, but you won't be buying a new one when you can fix the one you have to last longer and still look in great shape! Plus, if you want to find a new use of something you already have and might be going to trash anyways, then this book may be useful for that as well! Finally, each idea is with visuals and have helpful guidance with the steps to help you with each idea. So anyone can use this book and it's not difficult at all!