5 Valuable Hacks for Dreaded Household Tasks

Dated: 10/18/2018

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Have you ever been in the middle of a DIY home improvement project or chore and realized that you’re missing either a cleaner, a tool, or some other element that you “need” to complete the task? Rather than putting it off because you’re dreading another trip down to the hardware store, get those jobs done with these valuable homeowner hacks that are most certainly available around the house.

There’s probably a jug of vinegar in your cupboard right now, available for cooking or when the coffee maker needs descaling. Did you know, though, that vinegar is quite versatile, including using it in your laundry, to clean the kitchen and bathroom, and kid’s stuff, too? For instance, the addition of one cup of white distilled vinegar in a load of baby clothes during the rinse cycle will naturally break down uric acid and soapy residue leaving clothes soft and fresh. Deodorize the kitchen drain by pouring a cup of white distilled vinegar down the drain once a week. Let stand 30 minutes and then flush with cold water. Corrosion may be removed from shower heads or faucets by soaking them in white distilled vinegar overnight. This may be accomplished by saturating a terrycloth towel in vinegar and wrapping it around the showerhead or faucet.

It’s a drink…it’s a cleaner…it’s a can of Coke! Coke can be used to clean many surfaces including glass windows, porcelain toilet, or chrome fixtures. It’s been used as a rust remover and has been known to help tenderize steaks as well as an odor neutralizer. Got dirty grout between your tiles? Pour a can of Coke in the area, let it sit for a few minutes, and then wipe clean. For real tough stains, use a cleaning toothbrush to scrub the grout before wiping the area clean. The smell of skunk is unmistakable; use a can of Coke to neutralize the scent. Take a can of Coke and add it to a bucket of water. By simply being in the area, the bucket of diluted coke will break down the skunk odor and make it less nauseating. If you or your pet happen to get sprayed, get in the shower and pour a can of coke from head to toe over your pet (or yourself!) and wait a few minutes before washing off. Works great as another alternative to Gramma’s tomato soup skunk smell removal trick!

Baking Soda isn’t just an ingredient in your favorite cookie or cake, it’s also a great secret weapon for those DIY projects. Put a box of baking soda in the freezer and refrigerator to absorb odors. Make a baking soda vinegar past and use it to clean bathrooms and kitchens.

Don’t have a screwdriver handy? An old butter knife (preferably one that you’re no longer using for table setting) is pretty effective for both Phillips- and flat-head screws.

Do you have a scratch on your car or bike? Tartar-control toothpaste is a great scratch remover. Clean the scratch, rub in the toothpaste, let it sit for a few minutes and then buff it out with a paper towel. Voila! Scratchless-Surface.

These homegrown tricks are a few of our favorites to get that around-the-house-to-do-list DONE and not have to take another trip to the hardware store.

Melissa Rolland is a Real Estate Salesperson and Realtor®, Accredited Home Stager, and author of the book Straight from the Kitchen Table: Every Day Real Estate. She lives in Tolland, CT along with her husband Todd, an Associate Broker and Realtor®. Together they manage the Rolland Realty Group powered by eXp Realty of CT, LLC. You can connect with them at www.RollandRealtyGroup.com or (866) 408-8059.“The statements and opinions contained in this article are solely those of the individual author and do not necessarily reflect the positions or opinions of EXP REALTY INTERNATIONAL, INC. or its subsidiaries or affiliates (the “Company”). The Company does not assume any responsibility for, nor does it warrant the accuracy, completeness or quality of the information provided.

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Melissa and Todd Rolland

Melissa Rolland is a real estate salesperson, accredited home stager and has been a real estate investor for over a decade, helping hundreds of homeowners buy houses, sell houses, and invest in real e....

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