Owning a home can sometimes feel like a never-ending home repair project and unfortunately, not everyone is Norm Abram.
From dealing with issues like a leaky toilet or faucet to staying on top of the wear-and-tear a busy family home receives, it can be exhausting and overwhelming to maintain a house.
But for those of us who aren’t mechanically inclined. Here are 10 ridiculously easy home repair tips that anyone can handle.
10 Easy Home Repair Hacks If You’re Not Handy
1/10 Clean Grout With Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Apply toilet bowl cleaner to the grout and let it sit for 15 minutes. Then scrub with a small cleaning brush or toothbrush. Finally, mop the area with warm water and prepare to be amazed.
2/10 Unscrew A Broken Lightbulb With A Potato.
Have you ever broken a light bulb while it’s still in the socket? If so, you know how frustrating it can be to remove it. But, you can use a potato to get it out without cutting your fingers.
Go to your fuse box and hit the circuit breaker to turn off the power. Then cut the potato in half, push the soft side into the broken bulb and turn it to the left (lefty loosey, righty tighty) until the broken bulb comes out
3/10 Remove Marker Or Crayon On Walls With WD-40
If your paint has a sheen, you can use WD-40 to easily wipe off markings from crayons or markers. However, if you try to use this trick on matte or flat paints, the oil in the WD-40 can stain the walls, making matters worse. In that case, you should try a Magic Eraser.
4/10 Leaky Toilet? Use Kool-Aid To Find Out
If you suspect you have a leaky toilet, use a package of Kool-Aid (or any powder drink) to find out. After removing the lid of the toilet tank, pour in the contents of a dark-colored Kool-Aid packet.
Wait 30 minutes, and if you return to find the inside of your toilet bowl the same color as the Kool-Aid, then you’ll know you have a leak.
5/10 Clean Your Oven Door With A Dishwasher Cleaning Tablet.
It seems too good to be true, but you can use a dishwasher tablet to clean the baked-on grease from your oven door. Make sure to wear gloves (the tablets contain bleach) and to wet — but not soak — the tablet before using it to scrub away the grime.
6/10 Unclogging A Drain
A slow-draining sink, bathtub, or shower is frustrating, but if you don’t want to use harsh chemicals to unclog your drain — or don’t have any on hand here’s a quick fix.
First, boil a pot of water and pour it down the drain. Then, pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain. Then pour a 1/2 cup of vinegar. Let it sit for 10 minutes as you boil another pot of water. Pour the boiling water down the drain and voila no more clog!
7/10 Easy Way To Find A Wall Stud
When you want to hand a picture, many people just start hammering in a nail hoping to find a stud…Then hope the picture covers all those missed nail holes.
If you have a measuring tape at home, use it to find a stud the first time… every time.
On every tape measure, you’ll notice some numbers are in red while the rest are black. These markers are put there to help you find the studs in the walls of your home. Based on the way most homes are built, the studs are 16 inches apart.
Starting from any corner pull out the tape measure and the red numbers should match up to where the studs in your wall are.
7/10 Prevent A Door From Shutting
If you’re doing something such as bringing in groceries or worried about locking your pet inside a closet, then all you need to a single rubber band.
By looping it over both sides of the doorknob, it will be in the perfect place to prevent the door from latching.
8/10 Fix A Tear In A Screen
Small tears in a screen can let in mosquitoes or other insects, and of course, they inevitably keep tearing.
To quickly fixed a torn screen use a few drops of clear nail polish, which acts as an invisible glue.
9/10 Are Your Ceiling Fans Blades Spinning In The Right Direction?
The rotation of your ceiling fan can save you heating and cooling costs, and changing which way it spins is as simple as moving a switch.
While a fan won’t actually change the temperature of the room, the warm or cool air on your skin will make you feel warmer or colder.
But most people don’t know which way the blades of the fan should spin?
Winter – Fans should turn clockwise (right), at a low speed, during cold weather months to pull the warm air up and around the room.
Summer – Fans should spin counterclockwise (left) to push the cold air down.
Note: Most fans have a switch that can be flipped to change direction, while newer models offer the option on the wall panel.
10/10 Clear A Clogged Shower Head
There are two ways to clean a clogged shower head to restore water pressure.
Remove mineral deposits and other grime from your shower head by simply soaking it overnight in vinegar.
Or you can spray it with WD-40 and wait for 15-minutes, then turn on the shower to blow out all the built-up gunk that was clogging up your shower head.