One of the reasons I started this blog was to have a place that I could share solutions that I’d found to my own everyday problems. I would figure out how to remove a stain, or clean an appliance, and then I would sit down at my computer and write it all down. It was something that came quite naturally to me, but I know that not everyone believes they are a natural born problem solver!
One response I hear frequently after I share a household hack or simple solution is, “Oh, well I’m not very handy, so I usually just have someone else do it.” And I think that’s a real shame! While I totally understand calling in a professional when you need one, there’s no reason to call for help when there’s a small problem that you can easily solve by yourself!
So in order to help boost your confidence about tackling those little day-to-day annoyances, I thought that today I would share some of my very favorite dead-simple household hacks! These tips cover all sorts of issues, from stripped screws to sticky locks. By the end of this post, you’ll see that you don’t necessarily have to be “handy” in order to be a problem solver around the house! :-)
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9 Of The Easiest Household Hacks
1. Check For Toilet Leaks
If your toilet is leaking water from the tank into the bowl, it could be costing you on your monthly water bill! To check for a leak, just grab a packet of brightly colored Kool-Aid drink mix. Sprinkle the powder into the tank, and wait for 30 minutes (without flushing).
Check the water in the toilet bowl after the 30 minutes are up. If the color of the Kool-Aid has seeped into the bowl, then you know you have a leak. But the good news is that you may be able to fix the leak just by replacing the flapper! (If that doesn’t work, you may want to consult a plumber.)
2. Fix A Squeaky Hinge
Have a squeaky door somewhere that’s driving you crazy? You can silence the squeak with shortening! Just rub a small amount of shortening over the hinge, then open and shut the door a few times. It’s a quick and easy fix, and you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it sooner!
3. Remove Stripped Screws
There’s nothing worse than trying to remove a stubborn screw, only to realize that you’ve accidentally stripped the screw head. But there’s still hope, as long as you have a rubber band!
Place part of the rubber band over the screw head, then use your drill to remove the screw like normal. The added friction from the rubber band will help the drill to grab the screw, so you can get it out!
4. Secure Screws In Place
Want to make sure a screw stays in place? Once it’s screwed in, coat the screw head with a layer of clear nail polish. When the nail polish dries, it will seal the screw in place and make it much less likely to loosen over time.
5. Clean Grout Lines
Could your grout lines use a good cleaning? Try using carpet cleaner! Spray a foaming carpet cleaner like Resolve onto dirty grout lines, then scrub with a stiff brush. Let it sit for 10 minutes, then rinse or mop clean.
6. Fill Nail Holes
You can fill nail holes (or at least make them invisible) with a few different common household items. Use a bit of plain white toothpaste, a bar of soap, or a white crayon to fill nail holes in a pinch!
7. Tighten A Loose Screw
If a screw is feeling a little loose, you can “tighten” it using a bit of steel wool. Just remove the screw, wrap a small amount of steel wool around the outside, the screw it back into the hole. The steel wool adds extra grip that will keep the screw in place!
Related: 10 Unexpected Uses For Steel Wool
8. Clean Your Shower Head
If you have hard water like I do, then you probably have already experienced those stubborn mineral deposits forming on your shower head. Those deposits can eventually slow your water flow, and even stop it if it gets bad enough! But there’s a secret to easily removing those mineral deposits—white vinegar! (It’s the star ingredient in some of my favorite household hacks.)
Remove your shower head and soak it in plain white vinegar overnight. In the morning, just give it a scrub with a sponge and all that gunk will slide right off!
9. Fix A Sticky Lock
Use a graphite pencil to loosen up a lock that keeps sticking. Scribble inside of the lock hole with the pencil. Then sharpen the pencil and repeat until your keys opens the door with ease.
Do you have any favorite quick and easy household hacks?