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Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things (2005)

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Very handy compilation of uses for things like WD40 to solve lots of common household problems. The book is alphabetized by the thing you are using to solve the problem rather than by the problem, but there is a good index in the back that should let you find what you're looking for. ( )
  datrappert | Oct 31, 2009 |
Lots of information. Alphabetical, with boxes of "Did you know?" and "Tips," and "Kids Stuff." Few illustrations. Uses seem practical and doable. ( )
  MerryMary | Oct 4, 2007 |
The main part of this book is arranged like an encyclopaedia, with the 200 product categories organized in A-Z fashion (running from Adhesive Tape to Zips), to provide instant access to information as well as entertaining reading. But before that, in the first part of this book, you'll find a guide to the items that are most useful for certain areas, such as the garden or for cooking.
Scattered throughout, you'll also find hundreds of fascinating asides and anecdotes. Some highlight specific warnings and safety precautions, or offer advice about buying or using certain items. But many are just plain fun – providing quirky historical information about the invention or origins of products. Haven't you always wondered who invented the Band-Aid or how Scotch tape got its name? We've also included dozens of engaging and enlightening activities and simple science experiments you can do with your children or grandchildren (and not a single one requires a visit to the local toy shop).
Whether you delight in discovering new ways to use commonplace household items, or if you simply hate to throw things away, we're sure you'll find the ideas in this book entertaining and enlightening. So, pull up a comfortable chair, settle back and get ready to be dazzled by the incredible number of everyday problems that you'll soon be able to solve with ease. We're confident this is one book you'll return to over and over again for helpful hints, trustworthy advice and even some good, old-fashioned inspiration.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0762106492, Paperback)

Save the day with over 2,300 clever, ingenious, smart ways to use everyday household products—all guaranteed to save you time and money!

Did you know that tea can hide gray hair? Or that aspirin can revive a dead car battery? How about the power of table salt to make panty hose last longer? Or that shaving cream can remove rug stains? Yes, there’s a treasure trove hidden in your pantry, medicine cabinet, garage, and basement. This remarkable book shares amazing secrets to save you time and money—and shelf space in the process. Fully illustrated and written in a clear, down-to-earth style, this practical guide contains over 2,300 handy tips about using more than 200 common household items like aluminum foil and dental floss in exciting new ways. Don’t spend your hard-earned money on expensive storebought products. Restore, replace, repair, or revive practically everything in your home with this indispensable handbook that features:

• Nearly 400 full-color illustrations
• Easy A-to-Z format to find items easily
• Clear, step-by-step instructions
• At-a-Glance section provides the Best Uses for every item
• Hundreds of sidebars full of extra tips and informative ideas
• Complete index for cross-referencing

Throughout, Did You Know?, Science Fair, and Kids’ Stuff sidebars add to the wonder and fun of this easy-to-use reference. From Alka-Seltzer to baby shampoo, pepper to pillowcases, vinegar to yogurt—discover the untold value of hundreds of everyday items with Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things.

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Provides a collection of household hints involving unexpected uses for common items from meat tenderizer to yogurt, arranged alphabetically, along with lists of the most useful things to have on hand for different jobs and other details.

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