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Another Use For . . .: 101 Common Household Items [Paperback]

By Vicki Lansky & Martha Campbell (Illustrator)
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Why discard a milk carton when it makes an ideal charcoal lighter? Why buy a special houseplant duster when a paintbrush works perfectly? These are just two of the dozens of ideas in this third edition of Vicki Lansky's popular book of household hints. Now including a 10-page index, this book lists each item alphabetically, followed by five to 10 additional --- and often surprising --- uses for it. Whimsical line drawings add humor to this clever compendium of sensible suggestions for recycling, reusing, or rethinking common household items.

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Here's another fun book from Vicki Lansky, famous for giving her expert advice in the pages of Family Circle Magazine and such classics as Baking Soda: Over 500 Fabulous, Fun, and Frugal Ideas You've Probably Never Heard Of. It takes a certain kind of creative mind to gaze over the common objects of everyday life and figure out ways to reuse and recycle materials as inventively as Lansky does, but she is a real pro. Here are just a few of the hundreds of creative uses outlined: use a waxed milk carton as a charcoal lighter by filling it with charcoal and lighting the box; protect bows on wrapped presents for shipping by covering them with those little plastic berry boxes; use a baster to suck up a dropped egg; use a paintbrush to dust houseplants; use carpet scraps under typewriters and printers to muffle their noise; use a bottle cork as a drill stop; use crumpled newspapers to dry freshly washed windows instead of expensive paper towels; use a king-size pillowcase as a cover for baby's changing table; use large rubber bands to keep covers on casseroles and pots transported to a potluck; use old socks on ladder tops to keep them from marring walls. Add hundreds more ideas for everyday household articles and you've got another winner from Vicki Lansky! --Mark A. Hetts

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Item Specifications...

Pages   159
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 6" Height: 7.25"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 27, 2004
Publisher   The Book Peddlers
ISBN  1931863253  
ISBN13  9781931863254  

Availability  0 units.

More About Vicki Lansky & Martha Campbell

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Vicki Lansky has been a trusted name in parenting advice and household hints since she first published FEED ME I'M YOURS in 1975. She collects practical ideas and offers easy-to-use information on issues ranging from recycling to ear-tube surgery to potty training. She has written for Sesame Street, Parent's Guide and is a contributing editor to Family Circle magazine. She has made numerous TV appearances on programs from Oprah to The View. Her books have sold over 6 million copies. Vicki is an author/publisher, mother and grandmother and resides in Deephaven, Minnesota. Illustator, Martha Campbell is also a freelance cartoonist having sold over 30,000 cartoons to hundreds of major trade and professional publications. She lives in Harrison, Arkansas.

Vicki Lansky currently resides in Minneapolis, in the state of Minnesota.

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Helpful?...You Bet!  Apr 19, 2005
I picked this book up from the library, and now I'm looking for a copy to purchase. I started reading this 143 page book, and by page 15, I knew it was hopeless because I kept finding helpful tips that I had never thought of but that I wanted to remember. However, there was too much, and I couldn't remember any of it, so I decided that I needed to have my own copy for reference. Not everything in it is helpful or applicable to me, and yes, crome does pop up frequently, but there is enough advise that I need to make it well worth it. It's also very diversified in useful utensils and in purposes, so I am sure that this book would prove just as helpful to anyone even if they thought none of the stuff I appreciated helpful and only wanted the advise that I threw aside. I haven't seen the 2004 edition, so that may be even better, I don't know.
It Never Dawned on me  Mar 30, 2000
I picked this up for a new frugal newsletter I've started and most of the things just never dawned on me. It's a complete book listing other uses for common items you probably have around the house from a simple cube of ice to worn out garden hoses. Very helpful for recycling for free. One thing I wondered dawned on the author, almost everything cleans chrome.

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