15-Minute Home Fixes You Can Easily Do Anytime
Here are quick home fixes that can put your house in a better shape without putting a dent on your weekend.
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Easy and Quick Home Fixes
Squeaky Door Hinges
This is simple: spray some WD-40 onto the hinges while moving the door back and forth to make the lubricant effective. If you can’t find this, try rubbing the hinges with petroleum jellu instead, it’s also effective.
If none of these work, lift the hinge pins halfway and lubricate them with three-in-one oil and catch rags to catch the drips.
Talcum powder is effective for temporary but quick home fixes. Just sprinkle it over the noisy areas and sweep into cracks. However, you will have to remove any traces of it for when you are ready to refinish your floor.
Just smear some wallpaper paste on a piece of writing paper. Rub it against the underside of the peeling section of the wallpaper and rub it against the wall. Slide the piece of paper out and smooth the bubbles away with a clean cloth.
Sagging is natural, but unlike human skin, it is reversible. To tighten caning again, use a sponge to wet the underside with warm water. Let it dry overnight. It might need a few repetitions, so be patient.
Allow your chandelier to cool, then wear a pair of white cotton gloves (a dry one, and at the other, dampened with glass cleaner to clean it out). For crystal chandeliers, use one part rubbing alcohol and three parts distilled water instead. Wipe each prism with a damp one first, followed by a dry one.
As it is required in a lot of quick home fixes, baking soda is an ultimate must-have in the house. Combine it with an equal amount of cream of tartar and a bit of lemon juice to make a paste. Rub this paste into the stain with your fingers and a soft cloth. Let sit for half an hour, then rinse with water.
Stuck Sliding Windows
Some silicone spray lubricant that can be found in hardware stores will go a long way with sliding windows that get stuck. Spray some onto a rag and wipe them along the tracks. This works on different kinds of windows, whether with metal, wood, or plastic panels.
Spray some WD-40 on the areas surrounding these hard-to-remove decals, lifting the edges to get underneath. Let sit for a bit, then scrape away with a plastic card. After that, it is pretty easy to take off the grease using dishwashing soap.
To soften the slam of a door, affix a few pieces of peel-and-stick foam around the doorstop. Another solution is to get a wide rubber band and wrap it around the doorknobs on both sides, stretching it across the edge without covering the latch.
Hard-to-Remove Light Bulb
Never underestimate the power of duct tape. Press the center of your strip of duct tape onto the middle of the light bulb and fold each loose end in half so that it sticks to itself, and not on your hand. Grip each end between your thumb and index fingers and give the bulb a counter-clockwise twist to loosen.
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Dry Cutting Board
Give new life to your board by warming a bottle of pure mineral oil. Wipe it onto the surface with a soft cloth and let sit for six hours. Wipe the excess oil after.
Flattened Down Cushions
Cushions tend to flatten overtime. So as one of the quick home fixes you can do yourself anytime, plump them up and put them out in the sun for a few hours on each side. The sun will help evaporate the moisture in them, so once you fluff them out, they should be good as new.
For scuffed linoleum, rub the spot with white toothpaste and a dry cloth or with an eraser. WD-40 will also help, if you spray it onto a towel and rub on the spot lightly. Make sure to take off the grease with liquid dishwashing soap and water.
Dirty decanters are easy to clean. Simply fill it with hot water halfway through, add a few drops of dishwashing soap, two tablespoons of white vinegar, and a cup of uncooked rice. Swirl the rice around for a few minutes to remove residue, rinse with water, then air-dry.
Tangled Extension Chords
Neatly coiled ropes are necessary for cowboys and sailors, but the same concept can be used in untangling cords. Keep your cords tangle-free by coiling them properly when not in use.
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