I love books about saving money and using every day "around the house" items for double, triple and more duty. I was so pleased to receive a copy of More Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things from Reader's Digest Books, as a gift. It's been a fun and worthwhile read and a book that I have referred to several times already, in the past couple of months.
This is a book jam-packed with all sorts of useful tips and a few, kind of strange but still entertaining. Brown eyeliner as an emergency lipstick NOT!!! For the most part though, some really good information shared here, all in one nicely presented, large format book over 300 pages in total.
Just a few of the hundreds of suggestions/tips included in this book:
- use indelible markers to cover up minor nicks in furniture
- use a small piece of two-sided velcro as a temporary fix for a cupboard that won't stay closed
- sooth chapped lips with a drop of olive or canola oil
- cuticles, try a drop of olive or sweet almond oil for discouraging hangnails
- mist a hair-covered (pet) garment with water, put in the dryer with a damp towel and air dry for a few minutes to remove the hair
- repair a sole with a hole with a duct tape as a temporary fix
- tie up a garden hose for winter storage with lengths of cut old panty hose
- repel caterpillers from your garden with onion juice
- reuse an old briefcase as a toolbox. great for car tools for the trunk
The list goes on and on and on....
From the Amazon product page: "The thirteen chapters focus on an integral part of everyday life. For the Cook: Learn how to extend the life of vegetables, tried-and-true methods for baking bread, and 10 kitchen uses for salt. For the Housekeeper: Discover faster, easier cleaning ideas, such as remove carpet stains with peanut butter, and 10 ways to clean with lemon. For the Handyman (or woman): Silence squeaky hinges with shaving cream, remove rust from tools by rubbing them with a slice of raw potato dipped in salt, and 10 neat home-repair uses for nail polish."
Yes, some of these tips I already knew about such as cleaning with vinegar, baking soda, reuseable washable wipes etc. But even for those, it's nice to have them all available in one, big reference book.
This would make a great gift for yourself. Also for students or young couples just moving/starting out. New home buyers as a thoughtful housewarming gift. A lot of money to be saved here and also a fun read too.
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Overall rating for this book: Very Good. 4 out of 5.