With the price of homes increasing at an alarming rate, there are cheap home remedies that can keep some of that hard-earned money in your pocket. What does a box of crayons, Alka-Seltzer and toothpaste have in common? They offer quick, inexpensive fixes for those nagging home blemishes.
Treatment For Scratched Wood Floors: Crayons will do the trick for those minor scratches. Pick a color that matches the floor and color in the scratched area. Be sure to stay in the lines, then buff to a shine. A matching permanent marker can camouflage those deeper uglier scratches. Another method to consider. Grind the meat of a walnut or pecan into the scratch. The nut oil will provide a shine that blends with a polyurethane or water based surface finish. Presto, you just saved a bunch of money and eliminated those unsightly scratches from your hardwood floor.
Unclog A Drain With Alka-Seltzer: That’s right. For a balky drain, try dropping three Alka-Seltzer tablets down the sink, followed by a cup of white vinegar. After about 15 minutes, you can clear the drain with boiling water. Don’t call Roto Rooter, use Alka-Seltzer instead. Do not attempt this trick after using a commercial drain opener like Drano or Liquid Plumr.
Stained Tub: Combine equal amounts of cream of tartar and baking soda with enough lemon juice to make a paste. Rub the mixture into the stain with your fingers or a soft cloth. Let sit for a half hour, then rinse well with water.
Clean Walls With Toothpaste: Apply the toothpaste to a sponge or cloth and wipe down your walls. You can apply the toothpaste directly to the wall, if you prefer. Again, be sure to have a hidden test spot to make sure the toothpaste doesn’t discolor the walls. This is a particularly good way to clean problem areas around light switches and door knobs.
Squeaky Door Hinges: Spray a little WD-40 onto the hinges, moving the door back and forth to work in the lubricant. Or try rubbing the hinges with petroleum jelly. If these tricks don’t work, lift the hinge pins about halfway and lubricate them with three-in-one oil, using a rag to catch drip
Squeaky Floors: For a temporary fix, sprinkle talcum powder over the noisy area and sweep it into the cracks. Be sure to remove any traces of powder if you’re ever going to refinish the floor. Please visit my website www.JohnnyBrooksHomes.com for helpful tips on buying or selling a home or easy access to view local area homes in Davis, California and the surrounding communities