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Many useful ideas that you'll want to try!
on August 17, 2006
I often see ads that promise you all sorts of money-saving
secrets . . . one, though, did catch my attention to the extent
that I even sent away for it: EXTRAORDINARY USES FOR
ORDINARY THINGS, published by Reader's Digest.
The top of the book promises "1,200 money-saving secrets,"
and while I don't know that I will be able to use all of them,
there were quite a lot that caught my attention--and that I might
even someday try.
For example, there was this one:
To keep ice cream smooth and free of those annoying, yucky
ice crystals that form once the container has been opened--rewrap
the container completely in plastic wrap before you return it
to the freezer. Or put the container inside a large seal-sealing
And here's another that I liked:
To fix tiny holes in your window screens, just dab some clear
nail polish over the holes. It will stop those tiny (and often biting)
insects in their tracks.
I was amazed that there were so many other products that I could
use for a whole host of purposes, including bread, dental floss,
mayonnaise, oatmeal, sandpaper, and straws.
Several boxed inserts added to my enjoyment of EXTRAORDINARY
USES, such as this one that gave me background on the
development of a shampoo icon:
One of the longest-running advertising campaigns in history, "the
Break Girl," was the brainchild of Edward Breck, a member of the
family that started Breck Shampoo Co. The ads, featuring
wholesome, beautiful girls with gorgeous hair, began in 1936,
during the Great Depression, although they didn't go national until
1947. Only two artists were used during the 40-year campaign. The
best known was Ralph William Williams, who took over the job
in 1957. Among the models for Williams's Breck girls were
Cybill Shepherd, Kim Bassinger and Brooke Shields--all unknowns
at the time. The campaign ceased soon after Williams's death
Lastly, I've always heard that vinegar could be used for many
reasons other than cooking--but the total of 188 surprised
me . . . yet that said, I will now know to use the product
to steam-clean my microwave:
To clean your microwave, place a glass bowl filled with 1/4 cup vinegar
in 1 cup water inside, and zap the mixture for five minutes on the
highest setting. Once the liquid cools, dip a cloth into it and wipe off
stains and splatters.
What an idea. What a book!