Best Ways to Fix Household Problems

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stuck zipper

Ever get irritated by a squeaky door, stuck zipper or scuff marks on your floor?  Want a natural way to do things and have time to relax?  Me too!  I have come up with a list of things you can fix, clean or improve without buying anything commercial.

I love to find ways to use natural items I have at home to fix or repair something.  I like things that are quick, easy and inexpensive, but most of all – natural!

Here is my list of fixes and repairs.  Share this with friends, save to your Facebook page for future reference.

Clean rusty garden shears

Soak shears in white vinegar overnight.  Wipe with steel wool in the morning, rinse in water and dry thoroughly.

Squeaky Door

Spray hinges with cooking spray and let dry.  The oil will lubricate the hinges and be quiet again.

Wood Scratches

Mix equal parts lemon juice and vegetable oil.  Rub into scratch using a soft cloth.  Repeat until scratches are gone.

Furniture Polish

Mix ¼ cups lemon juice with ½ cup vegetable oil.  Apply to wood furniture with soft cloth, a little at a time.  Store in glass jar with tight lid.  Lasts for 2 months.

Stainless Steel or Copper Sink Stains

Combine lemon juice and salt until the thickness of toothpaste.  Apply to sinks and fixtures.  Rinse with water.

Flower Vase Stains

Drop 2 Denture tablets into the vase with water.  Let sit for an hour, stir and rinse.

Mineral Deposits on Faucets

Sponge on lemon juice.  Let it soak in and then scrub with soft cloth.

Clean a Grater

Cut a lemon in half and rub the pulp side on both surfaces of your grater.  The sticky residue from soft food and cheeses will come off instantly.

DIY Drain Cleaner

Pour ½ cups baking soda down a drain, followed by 1 cups distilled white vinegar.  When the foaming ends, rinse with hot water.  Works really well on garbage disposals.

Carpet and Vacuum Cleaner Smells

Add baking soda to your vacuum cup or bag to get rid of smells.

Humidifier Odors

Get rid of stale odors by adding 4 teaspoons of lemon juice to water in your humidifier.

Scuff Marks

To remove scuff marks on vinyl or linoleum floors, rub white toothpaste into a mark and wipe with a damp cloth.  If it is particularly tough, add a little baking soda to the toothpaste.

Sticky Zipper

To loosen a sticky zipper, rub any type of non-colored lip balm up and down the length of zipper.  Open and close zipper a few times to move the balm into the zipper.

Fluttering Ceiling Fan

Just when you are trying to fall asleep, all you can hear (and concentrate on) is your unbalanced ceiling fan.    Here is an easy fix:

  • Be sure fan is off
  • Attach a clothespin to one blade.
  • Turn fan on to slow.
  • If it still wobbles, take off the clothespin and put it on the next blade, and so on.

Once you find the blades spin evenly, you have found the unbalanced blade.

To fix: tape one coin at a time on top of the blade.  Add or subtract coins until the blade stops wobbling.  Then glue those coins to the top of that blade.

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