There are some things in our home that we want to fix. The little things that go wrong and we think we’ll get to “later.” Here are some tips to some quick fixes:
- Squeaky Door Hinges
Try spraying WD-40 onto the hinges, moving the door back and forth to work it in. Or try rubbing the hinges with petroleum jelly. If these tricks don’t work, lift the hinge pins about halfway and lubricate them with three-in-one oil, using a rag to catch drips.
For a temporary fix, sprinkle talcum powder over the noisy area and sweep it into the cracks. Be sure to remove any traces of powder if you’re ever going to refinish the floor.
Allow the fixture to cool. While wearing a pair of white cotton gloves―one dry, one dampened with glass cleaner, wipe each prism with the damp glove, then the dry one.
Combine equal amounts of cream of tartar and baking soda with enough lemon juice to make a paste. Rub the mixture into the stain with your fingers or a soft cloth. Let sit for a half hour, then rinse well with water.
Stuck Sliding Windows
From a hardware store, get silicone lubricant spray and spray it onto a rag, then wipe along the tracks, whether they’re metal, wood, or plastic.
Hard-to-Remove Decals in Tub
Spray the decals and the surrounding areas with WD-40, lifting the edges to get underneath, if possible. Let sit, then gently scrape away the decal with the edge of a credit card. De-grease the tub with liquid dish washing soap.
Soften the slam of a door by affixing a few pieces of peel-and-stick foam weather stripping around the doorstop. Or get a wide rubber band and wrap it around the doorknobs on both sides, stretching it across the edge of the door. Don’t cover the latch.
Press the center of a foot-long strip of duct tape onto the middle of the bulb. Fold each loose end in half so it sticks onto itself. Gripping each end between your thumb and index finger, give a counterclockwise twist to loosen the bulb.
Dry Cutting Board
Revive your board by gently warming a bottle of pure mineral oil in a bowl of hot water, then wiping the oil onto the surface with a soft cloth. Wipe off the excess four to six hours later.
Flattened Down Cushions
Put them outside in the sun for a few hours, flipping them halfway through. (Be careful―leaving them out too long may fade the fabric.) The sun will help evaporate the moisture that gets into the filling over time, and the cushions should plump up nicely.
Rub the spot with white toothpaste and a dry cloth or with an eraser. Or spray WD-40 on a towel and rub lightly, making sure to de-grease the area afterward with liquid dish washing soap and water.
Fill the decanter halfway with hot water, a few drops of liquid dish washing soap, two tablespoons of white vinegar, and a cup of uncooked rice. Swirl the rice around for a few minutes to remove the residue, rinse with hot water, and air-dry.
Tangled Extension Cords
Keep all unused chords free from entanglement by coiling them and putting them inside a large plastic bucket when they’re not in use.