Being a homeowner can be stressful, the idea may seem luxurious but the truth is a house is always in need of fixing, upkeep, and is somewhat a constant task. Whether it be some sort of leak, plumbing issue, or just simply wearing down over time, staying on top f this and running a family can feel like a full-time job, to say the least. Keeping up with the maintenance in a house can be somewhat overwhelming. Well, never fear- here are some super easy tips and tricks that will make the upkeep much less of a burden. Using these household items that are lying around the house may just help you in a time of need around the house.
1. Cooking Spray Can Be Used As Grease For Any Squeaks
If you do not have any grease on deck, do not stress your cooking spray will do the trick just as well. If you have any irritatingly squeaky doors or cabinets this will combat that in an instant. Simply spray a hit on the hinges of whatever area is making a noise and they will probably be noise-free in an instant. A little handy tip for anyone big or small.
2. Painting Your Screws With Nail Polish Will Keep Them Tightened
It is quite incredible what just one coat of nail polish has the power to do. By simply brushing a nail or screw with some nail polish, it will most likely stay in place way better. Why? Well, the nail polish acts as glue and somewhat binds the screw to the position you want it to be in, it is just a simple trick to strengthen the combination. This will mean that things are less likely to break and decrease wear and tear time.
3. Filling In Holes With Crayon
This trick takes us back to college days. Pick a crayon that closely matches the color of your wall and you are set to go. The idea is to color in your wall, coloring for adults. Using pressure as you color over the hole you will start to notice it will be filled and will blend into the wall rather nicely. Simply rub the crayon over nail holes or any small damages.
4. Use Tape To Ensure Your Edges Are Even And Straight
For those that have tried to caulk their own skirtings and edges, you can identify with the challenges of getting it perfectly even and symmetrical, keeping it straight and tidy is super hard. Well, next time you venture into the caulking world simply pick up some builders tape and put it under the necessary area as straight as you can. Be sure to remove the tape as soon after you have finished with the caulk so that it is still wet. If you remove the tape once the caulk has dried it may break or chip at the work you have done.
5. Using A Potato To Change A Lightbulb
Changing a broken or crushed lightbulb is certainly a big challenge, especially whilst the bulb is still in its socket. Well, this is the trick to prevent any injuries or cuts from occurring. Simply slice your potato in half and using the soft side push it into the socket turning it round and round. The broken glass will catch and bury itself in the potato. Please ensure your power is off when doing this and war gloves just to be extra careful from getting glass in your hands.
6. Rubber Bands Can Help Remove Screws
Rubber bands can eat extra friction when coming into contact with metal, this will create an easier release especially with stripped screws that are proving to be tough. Using the rubber band put it over the top of the screw and then use your screwdriver to attempt to remove the stubborn old screw. This should ease the process and allow it to free easily.
7. White Soap Can Fill Up And Patch Nail Holes
One of the best tricks in the book. If you do not have the time or patience to use poly filler to close up those unwanted holes in the wall. SOap will do the trick, simply take a bar of soap and scrape it across the wall, if this doesn’t work you can cut and sculpt pieces of soap into the wall- go over it with a card afterward in order to create a smooth texture, this will blend it and make it look as if nothing ever happened. If any residue is left behind you can use a warm cloth to wipe it away.
8. Using A Cabinet Door Bumper To Prevent Any Irritating Rattling Or Banging
Such small little gadgets can have huge outcomes and impacts, rather amazing if you ask us. All you need is a cheap cabinet door bumper, simply place it on the doorjamb and the will prevent any slamming and or rattling noise, this can also be used for annoying drawers around the house. These little bumpers are a lifesaver and will curb those annoying little sounds as well as scary slams.
9. Silence Squeaky Floors
Squeaky floorboards are most likely caused by pieces of wood that rub against one another. A quick fix is to fill up a small bottle of some sort, preferably one that squeezes, with baby powder. Then simply dust the powder between the floorboards. Use a makeup brush or any small brush to spread the powder and push it as deep between the boards as it can go and voila.
10. Fix Carpet Indentations With Ice
By simply placing an ice cube on the dents in your carpet you can easily fix them. As the ice cube melts the water is absorbed by the carpet, this will cause it to take back its original shape and strength. Once the ice has melted let the carpet dry, once dry take a hard-bristled brush and tease areas that may still be dented or damaged in some way, they will most likely fluff up back to normal.
12. Clean Marked Walls, Scratched Walls With WD-40
This depends on what type of paint is on your wall, however, if it has a sheen then WD-40 is suitable for the job. WD-40 will wipe away those marks and scribbles on your wall making them look good as new. If you attempt this trick on matte or flat painted walls, the oil ingredient in WD-40 can end up permanently staining your wall or making the mark way worse. However, if this is the case try a Magic Eraser instead.
13. Rid Grout With Toilet Cleaner
Simply squeeze and spread your toilet bowl cleaner to the grout and leave it for 15-20 minutes. Once this has been done scrub using a bristled cleaning brush or a toothbrush. Once you have done this wipe away all the cleaner and clean the surface entirely, you will be totally amazed by the results before your eyes. This multi-use item is great to keep around the house and for those stubborn grout areas.
14. Suffering From Cramping Calves Sleep With Your Soap
This hack may not be one that repairs your home but is more of a self remedy for those living in the home. If you suffer from cramping or muscle pains during your sleep this is the hack for you. Place a bar of soap under your bed sheet before you sleep and sleep with it. This is believed to work either as a placebo effect or because soap does contain magnesium in it, try a few different types of soaps if it doe s not work instantly.
15. Tape Measures Will Find Studs For You
Have you ever realized that some numbers are in red and some are in black? Additionally, depending on the make some may have little black diamantes on your tape measure. These are markers that are placed there to assist you in finding the space laying between the studs that are on your walls. Depending on the way in which your home was built the suds are 16 inches apart, the red should catch up to these placements on your walls. The black diamantes are 19.2 inches apart and will assist you in locating the space between the studs.
16. Locate A Toilet Leak Using Kool-Aid
This trick will cost you just 20 cents. Remove the lid on top of your toilet tank and pour in your Kool-Aid powder straight from the packet. It should be a dark-colored Kool-Aid. Leave the solution for 30 minutes. Upon returning to your toilet if you see the inside of your toilet bowl is the same color as the Kool-Aid then this means you do in fact have a leak. Be sure to not flush during this little experiment.
17. Wearing Foil On Your Fingers Will Help You Use Your Phone With Gloves
Living in a cold climate is filled with challenges but, this one is easily solved and may even warm you up further. Wearing gloves and using your phone is a challenge all on its own, well, instead of using touchscreen-friendly gloves you can also wrap some foil around each of your fingertips and this will let you use your phone just as normal. Do not overdo the foil, a little goes a long way.
18. Unclog Your Blocked Drain WIth Simple Ingredients From Your Cabinet
If your sink is starting to drain slower than usual whether it be in the shower, bathtub, or kitchen this usually means that a clog is on its way. The worst part is the residue that is left behind and needs to be cleaned. This DIY hack is for those who don’t want to utilize harsh chemicals or do not have. The first step is to pour boiling water down the drain, then 1/2 a cup of vinegar, preferably whit, let it sit for 10 minutes. Then pour an additional batch of hot water down.
21. Renew Rusty Chrome Objects With Aluminium Foil
The foil heroes strike again.. another handy and unknown foil hack that may just help around the house. If you have any rusty chrome surface that needs renewing, foil is your friend. First off clean the rusty surface with water and soap using a microfiber towel, then splash your aluminum foil with clean water and rub it over the rusty surface. This should clear it up in no time.
22. Prevent Your Door From Banging With A Rubber Band
If you are making multiple trips with full hands to and from the car, whether it be a windy day or not, the door closing on you makes it a much harder task. Problem solved, loop a rubber band over both sides of your door handle or knob and this will prevent it from closing or locking on you, making it a whole lot easier to use your foot to fling open the door if need be.
23. A Tear Can Be Mended With Clear Nail Polish
Small tears in screens happen frequently and easy, instead of buying a whole new screen each time apply some clear nail polish to the tear. This will bind it back together but will also prevent the tear from lengthening or getting worse. The nail polish acts as a clear glue. This trick can also be used with stockings and tights to prevent small tears from laddering further.
24. Ridding Stubborn Dirt From Your Shower Head Using Vinegar
Grime, dirt, and buildup of Kalk builds up on your shower head which can often make it moldy, dirty and a breeding ground for bacteria. Remove all this dirt and grime by soaking your shower-head in a tub of vinegar overnight. The vinegar removes all of this as well as kills the germs and will leave your shower head looking good as new and cleaner than ever.
25. A Pool Noodle Can Be Used As A Buffer Between A Car And A Wall
Banging your door on the side of your garage wall is almost a given at some stage, this is prevented really easily. Cut a pool noodle;e to your required length and place it on the walls of your garage where the door usually would meet the wall. This will prevent any scratching or denting from occurring as next time your door will simply bang the sponge noodle. Let’s not forget this protects the wall too.
26. Remove Stubborn Pet Hair From Your Carpet With Just One Tool
A squeegee. This household tool may very well be the best in the business when it comes to removing pet hair from your rugs and carpets. Pet hair gets caught everywhere, you may not see how dirty it actually makes carpets look but it gets caught between the fibers extremely easily. Brush over your rug with a squeegee and watch the results unravel right before your eyes.
27. The Right Rotation For Your Air Flow
When you alter the rotation of your ceiling fan it can help you save on your cooling and heating expenditure. In winter months your fan should spin clockwise at a really low speed, this will actually generate wair air throughout the room. Whereas in the summer months your fan should be set to turn counterclockwise as this will push the warm air down. A fan does not change the temperature of the air in your specific room but simply rotates the air.
28. Make Your Windows Winter Proof With Bubble Wrap
If your window just lets all your desperately needed and desired hot air out, this is the best trick. Wet your window with water and then place bubble wrap on top of each piece of glass, this will keep the heat in and the cold out. The look of this is not so stylish and thus should probably only be used in desperate times or on windows that are out of the way and not often seen.
29. Stop Drain Clogging In Its Tracks
Save yourself time and energy from unclogging and freeing up that blocked drains by simply not letting them have the chance to even occur. This product works absolute wonders, it is highly rated and has gained the attention of individuals that have flocked to purchase it. The product is designed in a mushroom shape which traps hair and does not let it be seen until you replace the device or simply clean it.
Toothpaste In Nail Holes
There are so many different things to worry about when moving out of a rented apartment or house. You need to ensure everything is back to its original state, making it all look like new. After taking everything off the walls, you’re always left with those pesky nail holes. If your landlord sees them, you won’t be getting your security deposit back. To solve this issue, fill all the nail holes with a bit of white gel toothpaste. Then, remove any excess and you’re done.
Use Coffee To Restore Wood
If you have the right perspective, any negative can be turned into a positive. Think of those times you’ve spilled coffee on yourself and were upset since it would stain. While that’s not ideal for your shirt, there is a way to use it for good – on wooden furniture. If you have something like a dresser, cabinet, picture frame, or anything else that’s made of unfinished wood, then this is for you. Rub these pieces with coffee grounds! This will fill out any nicks and scratches in the wood while giving it a nice new color without having to invest in paint you’ll never finish.
Protect Your Fingers
You might want to get those nails in the wall, but we’re sure you aren’t keen on hitting your fingers with a hammer accidentally. There’s a way to do so while protecting your fingers. Use items you’d have at home! Clothes pegs, bobby pins, or even a fine-tooth comb could be used to hold the nail in place – away from your fingers. Now you’ll be able to hammer the nails into the wall with no concern.
It’s always fun to buy something new – whether it’s a new toaster oven or a new chair, or even a mug, it’s so enjoyable to spruce up the house with a new item. Unfortunately, there is a slight downside to this. We’re talking about huge packaging stickers that somehow are practically impossible to peel off in one piece. However, we’ve got a solution for this problem so don’t worry! Next time you need to remove a sticker, blow-dry it. The heat will loosen up the glue, allowing you to remove the sticker with no problem.
Hang Frames Easily With Tape
Predrilled picture frames are both great and terrible. Well, if you do find yourself using one, we’re going to help you figure out how to tell where to place the nails in the wall accurately. Don’t try and guesstimate because if the nails aren’t exactly right, it won’t work. Use some masking or painters tape to mark where the holes need to be placed. Then, put the tape right on the wall to put the nails in the right spot.
Microwave Old Tape
Any DIY pro knows just how useful tape is. It’s a tool everyone should have on-hand at all times, that’s for sure. However, with time, tape will lose some of its stickiness. You might be tempted to just throw it out and buy a new one but we’re here to tell you not to do that. You have a microwave, right? Stick the roll of tape inside for a few seconds – it will be as good as new! Just be careful not to overheat it.
Use Magents To Find Nail Holes
With time, you’ll want to apply a fresh coat of paint or change up the wallpaper in a room at home. When this happens, you’ll have to take down anything on the walls, naturally. But what do you do when you want to put it all back up? You can make new holes, but that’s not the ideal solution. Or, you can put tiny little nails into existing holes. When you’re done painting, swipe a magnet over the walls to find and reuse the same ones!
Drill Into Tiles Easily
Drilling is always a risky thing to do, especially when it’s done on slippery tiles that are normally found in bathrooms. If you lose grip for even a second, you’ll have a whole new home project to take care of on your hands. Thankfully, there is a simple fix for this problem. Grab some masking tape and cover the tile you’re planning on drilling into. Watch as your drill magically has a better grip next time around!
Prevent Rust Circles
Male or female, you probably have some kind of metal in your bathroom or shower. Whether it be a deodorant in a metal container or something else, you need it there. The only problem is that with the moisture and humidity in the room, those containers often leave rust circles on the surface they’re on. The solution is painfully simple. All you have to do is coat the containers’ bottom with nail polish. This will prevent those rust rings from forming in the first place.
Remove Old Wallpaper
As if outdated rooms weren’t bad enough, they had to be covered in terrible wallpaper just as the cherry on top. We’re going to go out on a limb here and say that any room can be improved with just a new wallpaper or paint job. But taking wallpaper off is a challenge in itself. So, to make life a little easier for you, mix equal parts of hot water and vinegar. Soak a roller in the mixture. Then, roll it over the wall a couple of times. The wallpaper should come off easily after this.
Sharpen Scissors With Foil
If you have a pair of scissors that simply don’t live up to their previous standards, this hack is for you. Don’t worry about dull scissors slowing you down. All you have to do is fold a few sheets of aluminum foil in half. Then, cut into the foil with the scissors about eight times. The foil will help sharpen the blades. You’ll be left with scissors that are as good as new by the end of this little hack!
Unclog Blocked Drains With Zip Ties
We can all agree that clogged drains are annoying. All the loose hair and dirt goes somewhere, naturally. Many of us have had to pay ungodly amounts of money for plumbers to come and fix the pipes. If you have a clogged drain, don’t fret. Grab some wide zip ties and get to work. Link the zip ties together and use wire cutters to snip some barbs into them. Then, feed them into the drain and easily remove the source of the clog.
Keep Nails In One Place
Upgrade your tools like a pro with one simple and easy addition. What you need is nothing more than a magnet and some glue. Yes, that’s it. Glue a small magnet onto the bottom of your hammer handle and allow it to completely dry. This might take some time. Once it’s dry, you’ll have where to keep your nails while working on your next project. Gone are the days when you had to blindly reach into a box of nails.
Plan Out A Wall With Newspapers
When decorating a room, or just a wall, things can get tricky. Hanging up multiple photos and frames on a wall is quite a challenge if you ask us. You need to make sure everything works together and is straight and evenly spaced… In short, it’s complicated. To help make things easier, create a mock-up of the wall using newspapers that are cut to the sizes of the frames. This way, you’ll be able to plan ahead and make it look flawless.
Unstuck A Lock
We’ve all been there. We try and put the key in the lock and find out it doesn’t work. And so, we call a locksmith, right? No. A great way to make sure the lock is slick enough for a key is will a simple pencil and no more. All you need to do is stick a sharp pencil into the lock and make sure the inside is coated in pencil lead. This will act as a way to slide the key in. This little trick can potentially save hundreds of dollars on an unnecessary emergency call.
11. Fix Wood Dents With A Boiling Household Iron
Denting wooden furniture creates a small heap of sadness in all homeowners, as you put so much time into decor and picking the perfect piece. However, this is a quick and safe trick to remove small dents from hardwood floors and wooden furniture. Simply, wet the dent with a little bit of water and then cover with a damp towel. Run your everyday iron over the towel in circular movements and this should fix the dent.
19. Scrub Your Tub With Just Dish Soap And An Everyday Broom
Back pain whilst cleaning your tub is now a thing of the past. Use your everyday dishwashing liquid and a broom when scrubbing and sanitizing your tub. Dish soap combats tough grease on your dishes and thus will clear any scum, residue, or mildew that is left on your tub- another multi-use item that you will always have in your home. A broom specifically for the bath may be more sanitary than just your regular broom.
20. Aluminum Foil Can Be Made Into A Funnel
Urgently need to funnel something into a bottle, tub, or have leftovers that you’re worried will spill. Aluminum foil saves the day once again. Simply shape your foil into a funnel, a cone shape and this will solve your problem in a jiff. The foil is also rather strong and has less chance of changing shape or being flimsy as soft plastic. Here is your DIY disposable or reusable funnel.
No More Wobbly Chairs Or Tables
Wobbly and unstable furniture is one of the most annoying things in any home, especially once you have put effort into designing, decorating, and furnishing it is important that everything is perfect. Well, this is an easy and inexpensive way to ensure that any of those vintage pieces or unstable pieces are stronger than ever. Take them apart, ensuring you label the pieces accordingly, as you put them together using glue in order to securely hold each piece in place.
Clean Your Mirrors With Foil
If your mirror is wearing out or is simply vintage and covered in black marks aluminum foil may just fully repair the mirror in its entirety. These spots will be visible from the backside of the mirror too, the simple solution is to smooth out a piece oif foil and tape it to the back side of the mirror, the reflective foil is barely noticeable when you put the mirror back in place. This is a simple home solution that you most probably do not even have to leave your house for.
Open A Window And Prevent Mold
There are actually many ways in which one can prevent mold from occurring and building up, mold in bathrooms is caused to excess moisture that becomes trapped. The humidity causes fungi to develop and grow. The simplest method to preventing this is ensuring you leave a window open after your hot bath or shower, in order for excess humidity to leave and the air to dry out as quick as possible.
Fix And Clean Your Fire Pit
The ash pit at the bottom of a firepit gets damaged and dirty super quickly, the more you use it the more it wears away. The ash pan is irreplaceable in the sense that you will need to replace your entire firepit. The best option is to secure a metal sheet and cover your ash pan with this, this will restore an individual’s firepit back to normal.
Egg Shells To Fix Cracked Tiles
If you have a crack in your ceramic this is a genius trick. Crack eggshells into the hole and smooth them out, fill the rack with glue in order to hold the eggshell in place. Once this has dried find a similar color o the tile in nail polish and brush over layer by layer. Smooth this out and wipe with a cotton pad once dry, you will have a tile that looks good as new.
Erase Scratches On Wooden Floors
Steel wool sandpaper is something we often have lying around the house, it will also help remove scratches from wood, simply brush over the scratches with this medium strength sandpaper and see results. A great trick try is also using an eraser, the eraser may wipe away the scratches and somewhat restores the floors.
Fixing Damaged Or Cracked Wood With Pencil Shavings
If there is a crack or damaged wood, use your pencil sharpenings wisely. Pencils are made out of wood so it actually makes total sense. use your pencil shavings by placing them in the hole, add glue, and scrape smooth with sandpaper. One dry use brown and yellow paints in order to create the same color and pattern that the wood holds, smudge with your fingers if need be and before you know it your wooden item will be looking good as new.
Fix Tight Drawers With A Candle
If your drawers are not opening and closing smoothly, it feels as if something is getting stuck or it is somewhat of a struggle, this is the solution you need. Simply take what is left of an old candle or the end of a candlestick and rub it along the sliding part of your drawer, this will create some kind of lubrication. No more forcing anything open or closed, simple and easy.
Use A Glue Gun To Fix Grout
It can be a glue gun or it can even be your normal glitter glue tube, to be honest, but filling your grout with glitter glue will patch up old and dissolved grout. The whiteness will look sparkling, beautiful and the great thing is it is not only cheap nor is it a tough job. This is quick, easy and it can be done by yourself.
Cream Can Clean Your Mirror
Struggling to clean your mirror and rid all that stubborn grease? These surfaces are somewhat the toughest and the worst to clean, Well, here is a trick- shaving cream will rid those stubborn marks once and for all off your mirror. Spray the creme all over the mirror and use a microfiber cloth to wipe the surface clean.
Use Masking Tape To Drill Exact Holes
Things everyone has around the house or are super easy to obtain, masking tape and permanent marker. Use your permanent marker to trace the exact whereabouts of holes needed to be nailed or drilled, transfer this masking tape to the wall and simply drill through, this is a full-proof way to nail your measurements and ensure that no mistakes are made. Hack using 2 handy tools.
Keep Cords Plugged In With A Knot
We all know how annoying it can be when cords come out in the middle of something, laziness kicks in and we find ourselves having to mission to re-plug whatever it may be in. Well, with this hack the task is avoided, simply tie your plugs through one another and they will not come out of the socket, this is also a great way to keep them separated near the actual plug.
Make Brick-Like Marks With A Foam Noodle
Slice your foam noodly into pieces and wrap it around the roller, then cut smaller pieces and place it horizontally joining to these pieces making a rectangular shape. You are set and ready, once you dip this in the paint and paint the wall the indentations will create that brick wall texturing that adds depth and style to any room and any wall.
Turn A Box Into A Shelf
A great and handy hack to making g your own home shelf or storage unit simply cut the short edges off of any box you have- then wrap these square pieces and the box. We love marble wrapping paper it looks real and chic. Place these pieces inside the box and your flapping top becomes to doors to open your shelves.
Make Your Own Bin Bag Dispenser
Using an old box or carton of some sort, measure it against your bin roll. Then simply slice a square opening in the box, wrap the box and place your bin-bag roll in the box. Once you have done this you can stick your easy to get to bin bags anywhere near your bin. This will create organization and make changing the dustbin that much more doable.