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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on February 1, 2009
Who knew that WD-40 can be used to remove tar from a car, to polish furniture, and to kill cockroaches? I had no idea that I could use Pam Cooking Spray to clean soap scum from shower doors, loosen rusty tool, or preventing ice cubes from sticking to the tray. I've now cleaned paintbrushes with Downy Fabric Softener, cleaned wallpaper with a slice of Wonder Bread, and cleaned crayon marks from the walls with Colgate Toothpaste. It's already saved me a fortune. This book is a must-have. It's the perfect reference book for solving any problem you're having around the house (from dirty laundry to filthy ovens) and the solutions are always a hoot. There are 30 uses for Coca-Cola alone, including cleaning oil spots from your driveway and unclogging a drain. Ingenious! I love this book, and will be giving a copy to my mother-in-law for her birthday - she'll appreciate Mr. Green's practicality and humor.
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29 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on August 26, 2008
I can't believe I actually paid money for this!

First of all, please note that of the "1,971 solutions" many of them are nearly identical solutions, i.e. remove a water ring by rubbing with Johnson's Baby Oil, remove a water ring by rubbing with Star Olive Oil, remove a water ring by rubbing with Wesson Corn Oil, remove a water ring by rubbing with Land O' Lakes Butter, remove a water ring by rubbing with Vaseline Petroleum Jelly, remove a water ring by rubbing with Turtle Wax (there's more but I'll stop there, you get the idea).

Next, some of the statements REALLY stretch the truth, like saying "fix a broken dishwasher with Tang"--when actually Tang will clean soap scum from the tubes and pipes of a dishwasher, but if it's truly broken, well, Tang's not gonna help you much. . .

What I'll say now will give away probably over half the "1,971 solutions" but I'll say it anyway; Bounce Fabric Softener Sheets will repel or remove just about anything! (now wasn't that quicker and easier than reading a hundred or so pages of solutions where the answer is Bounce?)

Have I mentioned that my kids immediately proved some of the statements false? The book says ants will not walk through flour and also won't walk across salt, (so make a line with flour or sprinkle salt where ants are coming in, to keep them out) yet when placed in the middle of a thick ring of salt or flour, our ants walked right over them with no hesitation. . .

Also I have to say I was disappointed with the "strange facts." Many are things such as "The simplist way to prevent an abundance of weeds is to pull weeds before they seed" and "When natural catastrophes strike, the first possessions people take with them are photo albums and pets."

Sorry, but this is NOT a "practical guide" nor a "great gift."
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on October 28, 2008
Light reading and practical ideas for common household repairs. I used the method presented for taking down all the wallpaper in our kitchen, bathrooms and bedrooms using a bucket of vinegar and water; much cheaper and more practical than going out to buy products that don't work. Also, this book provides fun ways to spend time with my children experimenting with the various methods; they find it amazing to see other uses for household items. It makes science fun for the family. This book makes for a great stocking stuffer at Christmas time, or a thank you gift for a teacher. It's something different and fun to read.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on August 25, 2008
A very informative read using alot of everyday household items on hand along with being user friendly and eliminating the use of hazardous cleaners...some products use some interesting combinations needless to say but i feel that this book is certainly a worthwhile read and can save you some money overall..
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 5, 2013
I have had this book for a long while and decided to finally look through the whole book. The book is very repetitive. The main solution solvers are Morton's Salt, Heinz Ketchup, Vinegar, Arm and Hammer, and Maybelline red nail polish. I tried the coffee grinds in a plant and the plant died. Salt does work for snails, but that is widely known. What upset me is the suggestion that people put red nail polish on their furniture and appliances. This was actually suggested as a solution for determining the right temperature each morning for a shower head. Basically, the author states to mark the shower knob with red nail polish - how tacky.

In any case, the book has some useful home remedies but many of them are too time consuming. For instance, why make bleach when you can buy bleach at the store. Why make weed killer when they sell it at the store in the right chemical composition for your grass. Another suggestion is to place tea powder on a patch of grass that has died and then put some grass seed on top of it. Well, HELLLLLO, if you put down the seed and some water the grass will grow anyway--why complicate it with tea powder??
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 27, 2011
Joey Green's Fix-It Magic: More than 1,971 Quick-and-Easy Household Solutions Using Brand-Name ProductsAttract bees from your outside guests with beer. To repair a small dent in the wooden floor you have, fill it with Maybelline clear polish. Joey Green touches on just about every thing in her 378 page book. If you have any issue you need to fix or conquer, this is the book to have. I recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 17, 2010
I haved not tried to use some of the suggestions but they seem to make sense. I was a little annoyed by the author's insistence on recommending brand name products (ie USA today newspaper--why would not any newspaper work?). I have bought several of his books and they seem to repeat some of the material
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 27, 2010
This book is very well written. The writing style is quite enjoyable. The tips are interesting and easy to execute. I gave this book to my wife as a gift and she really enjoys looking at it. The author has a number of other books that he has written too, but I have not gotten any of those books yet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 17, 2011
Not as helpful as I had hoped. Some of the suggestions worked, but some of them didn't. I had hoped the suggestions would be more useful and varied.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 18, 2010
Joey Green's Fix-it Magic book is a very unique book. I purchased it after seeing it in a magazine and I have yet to regret it. It helps you with fixing simple problems around the house with items you already have so you dont have to go out and buy special items to fix stuff. It tells you how to use household items to kill bugs, fix a broken vase, get rid of mildew, and even fix car scratches. You would be surpised what you can use to fix certian things. Its fun just to read the book its so intresting just seeing what does what. I would have never thought. It teaches you alot of stuff that you can use everyday!!! So Simple! This book is a must have! Everyone should have one! It is basically the homeowners house guide!
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