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Little-known tips to solve common household problems

by TANIA NEMTZIDOU

Cleaning your house can sometimes be challenging and overwhelming. There are so many things that you need to take care of that it could really feel like a struggle.

However, don’t despair just yet because we might have the answer to some of your problems. Here you will find some amazing cleaning/ home hacks that will definitely help you keep your house neat and sparkling

Clean your pop-up drain stopper

If your sink isn’t draining properly, fear not. All you have to do is use a needle-nosed plier to take out some of the clogged materials. Vinegar and baking soda can also help clear up some clogs before they get bad.

Clean mold from grout

Simply try a baking soda paste made from 3 parts baking soda and 1 part water. Apply the paste and wait 1-2 hours before rinsing and drying. You can also scrub with a toothbrush for a stronger effect.

Make your home smell good

Create your own, homemade air freshener so you can cut out the chemicals. It’s easy: just combine 10 drops of your favorite essential oils, 2 tablespoons of witch hazel, and six tablespoons of water in a spray bottle. Shake and you’re done!

Clean your yellow pillows

Whiten and clean up your yellow, oily pillows real fast with this recipe. 1 cup powdered laundry detergent, 1 cup powdered dishwasher detergent, 1 cup bleach (or bleach alternative), and 1/2 cup borax.
Soak the pillow in warm water for 30 minutes. Then, add the above ingredients with more hot water to create a cleaning solution. Finally, let your pillow soak in that for about 30 minutes and then wash it like normal in the machines.

Get greasy film off of your kitchen cabinets

It’s easier than it sounds. All you have to do is mix 1 part coconut oil with 2 parts baking soda until they form a slightly thick paste, then rub the mixture onto the cabinets with a sponge or your finger. Then wipe everything off with a damp cloth.

Fix your stinky fridge

First, clean your fridge (this way, you can hopefully find what’s causing the smell). Then, fill up the fridge with crumpled newspaper and add a generous amount of charcoal. Wait a couple of days and then it should be odor-free.

Clean out your rain gutters

It can be easy to overlook this, but you want to make sure you clear out any leaves, dirt, and other fallen things so that when winter rolls around, you’re set up for success.

Sharpen garbage disposal blades

If you want it to properly dispose of the garbage you put in it, you’ll want to make sure your garbage disposal blades are sharp. Do this by dropping in an egg shell, turn on the water and run the disposal. If there’s a lingering odor from that, just drop in a few chunks of lemon.

Fix Squeaky Floors

Try using talcum powder in between the boards. You can also fix the problem from above by getting a hammer and driving two nails into the floor from opposite 45-degree angles.

Unclog the toilet… Without a plunger

Sometimes you don’t have a plunger, or you do, but it’s not working. And if you keep flushing, you will end up flooding your bathroom. Instead, use a combo of extremely hot water and dish soap. That will help break down the clog and lubricate the toilet.

Fix a wobbly ceiling fan

Its blades are probably bent, so first, try to bend them back into shape. Of course, to avoid breaking them, you want to do this slowly and carefully. If they are too bent to fix, by replacement blades and install them.

Car scratches? No problem

You can’t completely hide light-to-medium car scratches with WD40, but it can definitely help hide them. After you wash your car, spray the scratches with the WD40, and then gently buff with a microfiber cloth.

Clean your carpet

Borax can really come in handy for when it’s time to clean your carpet. Mix it with salt and vinegar (all 1/4 cup each) to create a paste that can then be used to fight stains. Just apply it and then leave it to dry. When it’s dry, vacuum over it. Running a steam cleaner to finish is great, but not always necessary.

Keep mirrors clean

Do this simply by dampening a soft rag with rubbing alcohol and wipe over the mirror’s surface.

Make your air smell fabulous

Just add essential oil to your filter.

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