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Sometimes things need a quick cleaning or repair and you find you don’t have the necessary items to take care of the problem. There’s no need to panic as there often alternate ways to care care of things, at least temporarily, until you have the ability to address them the right way. Here are 10 home cleaning and repair hacks.
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How To Unclog A Drain
Have a lightly clogged drain? Put three Alka-Seltzer tablets plus one cup of white vinegar down the drain. Let it foam up and then when it stops foaming run clear water through the drain. Repeat as needed. You can also use baking soda first, then vinegar if you don’t have Alka-Seltzer.
How To Clean A Toilet Bowl
If you’re out of toilet bowl cleaner you can use leftover soda to clean your toilet bowl in a pinch. Just pour it in, let sit overnight, and then scrub clean in the morning.
How To Clean Grout
How To Remove Scuff Marks From Your Floor
The best solution for scuff marks is to put a tennis ball on the opposite side of the broom and use that to “erase” the scuff mark.
How To Fill A Small Hole In The Wall
Moving out of a rental home or apartment and want to get your full security deposit back? Fill small holes left by nails and screws with a mixture of Krazy Glue plus baking soda. Mix the two to make a thick paste. Fill in holes, let dry, then sand and paint.
How To Quiet A Squeaky Door
Have a squeaky door or cabinet hinge but no WD-40? You can temporarily fix a squeaky door or hinge with some Vaseline, cooking spray, crayon wax, or cooking oil. It’ll hold for a few days or even weeks until you can take care of it properly.
How To Quiet A Creaky Floor
Squeaky floor boards are often caused by pieces of wood rubbing together. Place some baby powder into a small squeeze bottle. Use the bottle to squeeze the powder in between the boards.
How To Remove Stickers
Need to remove some stickers? You can use WD-40 to remove stickers. Note that if you don’t want to get the item greasy, try using a can of compressed air instead. Turn the can upside down before spraying so that it “wets” the area and freezes the area. Remove sticker with ease.
How To Fix A Broken Zipper
If your zipper breaks and you simply cannot switch to another item simply bend a paperclip to create an easy zipper pull replacement.
Duct tape has almost unlimited uses, from taping up the falling fabric under your couch or easy chair, to fixing a cracked dustpan so it will still work.
There’s no need to fret about over any of the issues mentioned. Be creative and find another way! Remember that even “regular” household items can have more than one use. For example, an old bottle scrubber can be turned into a fun Christmas tree decoration. If that’s true, the sky is the limit and only your creativity can hold you back.