Spending more time at home for the past few months has made us inspect our homes in considerable detail. If when you have so much time, you are bound to find flaws. With all this free time, you may have the chance to do the household projects they’ve been putting off. Here are ten convenient DIY solutions to everyday household issues.
1. Scuffed Skirting Boards
Your skirting boards can provide character to the rooms, even if you don’t notice them very often. It’s a good idea to start plugging in the nail holes and polishing out any blemishes that have emerged. This will keep them looking beautiful. You can avoid filling and repainting the entire skirting board by using a wood putty material. Instead, a bit of putty will give it a wood-staining aspect, giving outdated skirting boards a brand new look!
2. Stop those squeaky stairwells!
Talcum powder has a variety of applications, but one of the strangest is in DIY crafts. You can avoid paying for a repair worker by simply dusting a layer of talcum powder over particular bothersome floorboards. This isn’t only for stairwells. If you have any creaking floorboards, you’ll be able to walk around your house without disturbing your downstairs neighbors. Just make sure you rub it in thoroughly, or it won’t work.
3. Squeaky Hinges
You might have a problem with the hinges on any of your doors or cupboard doors. You don’t need to spend money on costly oil that will cost you nearly as much as a repairman. Just use olive oil instead! Put a small amount of olive oil and trickle it onto the hinges, perhaps in addition to a pipette. The oil will lubricate the hinge sufficiently, ensuring that it not only opens smoothly but also without creaks!
4. Wires that are exposed
Your phone charger wires are prone to fray and become exposed. You can repair your existing phone charger rather than purchasing a new one. Buying liquid electrical tape to enclose the exposed wires and prevent a catastrophic tragedy for you and your family. Furthermore, the liquid tape fills in smaller rips or perforations in your wire better than the adhesive type.
5. Washing Machine Cleaner (DIY)
Many people are unaware that you must clean the inside of your washing machine regularly until it is too late! All the filth you collect in your washer will stick in the rubber seals around the door or the pipes. Fortunately, most folks will have these ingredients on hand. Add two cups of baking soda to an empty machine and start a long, hot water cycle. Add 2 cups white vinegar and ten drops of essential oil after this cycle. This will sanitize the area and eliminate any remaining odours.
6. Scuffed Floors
Here’s a DIY project for your flooring to sparkle if you want your home to have that showhouse look. You can quickly buff off scuffs by placing a tennis ball at the end of a mop or broom handle. The tennis ball’s substance will pick up any rubber transfer on the ground. Putting it on a stick will give more control over the pressure and direction which you buff out the scuff.
7. Water Stains
A huge water stain on a room’s ceiling can make the space appear unpleasant. Instead of simply painting over it, after applying the fresh new layer of paint, ensure there’s no more stains. You will not have to worry about another water stain again. You make a DIY solution of one cup bleach three cups of warm water and apply it to affected area. This will aid in the removal of any mildew, oil, grime, or dust. These may be preventing paint or primer from adhering to the ceiling.
8. Unsticking Drawers With Wax
Our drawers begin to fail us after a few years and many, many uses. For example, they’ll start warping and no longer hold your garments securely. The drawers may become difficult to open and close.
However, you can lubricate the drawer runners by rubbing them with a bit of wax (or even soap). This means no more sticky drawers and a new lease on life for your furniture!
9. Oil Spills and Cat Litter
You’re not alone if you’re working on your garage and finding it difficult to clean up any spilt oils. If you mop the oil, it will most likely soak into the mop and spread more across the floor. It also doesn’t mix well with water. One item, however, has proven to be far more efficient than the rest: cat litter! While it may be difficult to remove every grain litter once you’ve finished, the cat litter will absorb the oil. Then, it’s only a matter of shovelling all the rubbish into the trash can afterwards.
10. Reopening Sealed Windows
Have you moved into an older apartment or house to find that the supposedly newly painted windows are just stuck? When you don’t wait long enough for paint to dry, the window seals effectively to the frame. You require patience and soft touch for this DIY remedy. The chisel can be inserted between the window and the frame seal using a hammer and chisel. Then, using the hammer to tap the chisel, remove the paint that caused it to seal. Make use of your open windows!
So make use of the extra time you are spending at home being useful. Not only are these tips cheap, but they are also proven to work. So try them out and make your home beautiful as well as safer.