Book offers household tips

Bruce and Jeanne Lubin offer a revised and updated version of “Who Knew? 10,001 Household Solutions” (St. Martins, $24.99.)

A collection of money-saving tips, DIY cleaners, kitchen secrets and easy answers to everyday problems, the husband and wife duo highlight ways you can do things better at home.

The first part, Heroes, offer common supplies around the house that can serve in multiple ways, including vinegar, baking soda, lemon, salt, olive oil, tea, beer, petroleum jelly, duct tape and rubber bands. Use vinegar in your dishwasher instead of detergent to clean it. Use baking soda on a damp sponge to wipe away marks on painted surfaces. Want to make sure your jack-o-lantern has a few extra days of smiling? Rub the insides with lemon juice before putting lights inside.

Part two includes Home and Auto Hacks, like lining refrigerator shelves and drawers with plastic place mats cut to side that are much easier to remove and clean. Don’t want to scrape car windows in the winter? Wrap side mirrors and windshield wipers in plastic bags or tube socks and put old bathtowels on windshields.

Part three includes Chef’s Secrets like using vodka in pie crusts for the flakiest crust and using mashed potato flakes instead of breadcrumbs.

Part four is health and beauty boosts like making your own homemade sea scrubs, all-natural masks, bubble baths and soaks and even using banana peels at bedtime to help fight acne.

Part five includes healing remedies like using wet and cold cotton socks with dry wool socks over them at bedtime to help fight congestion. Have terrible arthritis pain? Use oatmeal mixed with water on the affected joints. Drinking unsweetened tart cherry juice and raspberry juice can also help.

Part six includes Fun and Family Time tips, like saving a dry turkey by using chicken broth to rehydrate it.

The book is chock-full of tips that can help make your day a bit better!

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