Yankee Magazine Vinegar, Duct Tape, Milk Jugs & More: 1,001 Ingenious Ways to Use Common Household Items to Repair, Restore, Revive, Or Replace Just about Everything in Your Life

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Rodale, Feb 21, 2004 - House & Home - 400 pages
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With his trademark folksy wisdom, Earl Proulx tells you how to recycle those things we all have lying around the house into ingenious solutions without spending money on fancy cleaning solutions, or pricey gadgets. Some of Earl's particular favorites are kitty litter (as a cleaner for oils pills and as a base for a soothing facial mask) and, of course, vinegar (to clean just about anything, unclog showerheads, as well as trap fruit pests), duct tape (as both tick remover and a protection against blisters), and milk jugs (bird feeders and clothespin holders). His fun and inventive ideas also include:

Ant-proof your home with lemon juice
Cover up furniture scratches with a dab of iodine
Use powdered milk to soothe sunburn and remove makeup
Make an earring holder out of window screen
Recycle bubble wrap for a toilet tank insulator

Organized by location inside and outside of the house, this essential compendium will make you pause each time you start to throw something (old blue jeans, ice cube trays, coat hangers, egg cartons) out in the trash.
 

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Contents

Contents
1
The Kitchen
13
The Bathroom
47
The Laundry Room
72
The Living Room and Family Room
90
The Bedroom
116
The Workshop and Garage
143
Outside the House
162
Gardening Indoors and Out
176
Recreation Sports and Hobbies
205
Celebrations
267
Gift Giving
295
AttheOffice
326
Serendipity
354
Index
373
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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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