1. Check for toilet leaks with Kool-Aid.
Remove the tank lid and pour in a dark-colored Kool-Aid packet. Wait about 30 minutes without flushing the toilet. If any of the colored water appears in the toilet bowl, there’s a leak. You may just have to replace the flapper, or you may have to investigate further.
2. Stop squeaks in the floor with baby powder.
Have floor boards that squeak every time you step on them? They’re probably rubbing against each other. To stop the squeaking, fill one of those home hair-dye kit bottles with powder, and use it to squeeze powder in between the two floorboards. Use an old makeup brush to push the powder down. Sweep up any excess and you’re done!
3. Clean grout with toilet bowl cleaner.
These seems to work better than actual grout cleaner! After letting the cleaner sit for 15 minutes, use a toothbrush to scrub a bit, then mop up everything with water.
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4. Stop a door from squeaking with cooking spray.
5. Keep a door from slamming or rattling with a cabinet door bumper.
Place cabinet door bumpers on the doorjamb where the door makes contact.
6. Unscrew stripped screws with a rubber band.
Place a rubber band over the head before inserting a screwdriver. Firmly turn the screwdriver to remove the screw.
7. Paint a thin coat of nail polish on screws to keep them from coming loose.
Nail polish will act like superglue and hold those pesky screws forever in place.
Note: This also works great with those tiny eyeglass screws!
8. Cut a potato in half and use it to remove a broken light bulb from its socket.
Make sure to turn the light switch to the “off” position, and wear protective gloves in you can.
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9. Get the perfect caulk edge with painter’s tape.
Remove the tape while the caulk is still wet to avoid uneven edges.
10. Use a crayon to cover a nail hole.
11. Or, use a bar of soap.
12. Use ice to remove carpet dents.
Allow an ice cube to fully melt over a carpet dent. As the water absorbs into the carpet and dries, the fibers should start springing back up. Once completely dry, use a wire brush (a spoon works too) to fluff any remaining dents.
13. Remove dents in wood floors and furniture with a hot iron.
Wet the dent slightly, then place a damp cloth over the groove and iron over the cloth in circular motions for a few minutes.
14. Attach a tennis ball to a broomstick to remove scuff marks on the floor.
15. Remove crayon marks on a wall with WD-40.
Use WD-40 to remove crayon or marker from walls. (BUT, only use on walls with a sheen to the paint — the oil in WD-40 can stain matte or flat paints!) Wipe away the stain with a clean rag.
16. Fix torn window screens with clear nail polish.
17. Dissolve mineral deposits in a showerhead by soaking it in vinegar.
Soak your showerhead overnight for best results.