Handyman shares 14 brilliant solutions to common home problems that you’ve never heard of

Wood rot, porcelain stains, and stubborn fingerprint marks… every house has got them. But not everyone knows the simple fixes to the most common household problems. Some people will even go to great lengths and pay hundreds to make repairs that can be done inexpensively and without having to hire someone.

Here are 14 solutions to the most common household problems.

Frame Wood Rot

Instead of installing a new door or window frame, you can repair wood rot with some epoxy.

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Porcelain Sink Stains

Did you accidently make a little mess when you dyed your hair? Leaving some toothpaste over your stain for about 10 minutes then scrubbing it with some baking soda can remove porcelain stains.

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Small Screen Holes

You can repair small holes in your window screen by dabbing the hole with some clear nail polish.

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Make Your Whole House Smell Good Without Cleaning It

Leaving a few drops of vanilla extract, or your favorite essential oil, on your furnace filters will make your entire house smell amazing. No cleaning required!

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Stop You Floors From Squeaking

Sprinkle some talcum powder in between our floorboards to stop them from squeaking.

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Fill Nail Holes

Did you not measure quite right when hanging that photo? If your wall is left with several nail holes you can use a putty knife and some patching plaster to fill it. Go over it with a crayon or use a Q-Tip with some paint so the hole will match your wall.

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Fix Stripped Screws

Place a rubber band between your screw and screwdriver to help get a grip on the stripped screw.

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Prevent Window Streaks

Wipe your windows down with newspaper instead of paper towels to prevent streaking.

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Get Water Marks Off Wood

To get water marks off of wood, use a dry cotton cloth to cover your stain and run a medium-hot iron over it for a few seconds. If it still shows, dampen your cloth with some denatured alcohol and try wiping it lightly.

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Stabilize Your Ceiling Fan

If your ceiling fan is wobbly, tighten all of the screws on it to make it steady. If that doesn’t work, try a balancing kit.

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Clogged Drain

This DIY drain unclogging solution starts with pouring a 1/2 cup of baking soda down your drain. Then pour a 1/2 cup of white vinegar. Let it sit for 30 minutes to an hour. Repeat the process until your drain is clear.

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Get Rid of Moldy Grout

To get rid of mold and prevent it from coming back, scrub in between your tiles with bleach. Here‘s a recipe for DIY grout cleaner. When clean, use a sealant on your grout to keep mold from growing back.

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The Perfect Caulk Job

Instead of hiring a professional, you can get a professional looking caulk job by following these steps. Tape off your sides and squeeze your caulk out in between your tape into bead shapes and use your fingers to smooth it out.

 

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Stubborn Fingerprint Solution

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Stainless-steel appliances are great but can accumulate lots of fingerprints. Dab some olive oil onto a cloth and wipe a thin layer of it onto your surface to prevent fingerprints.

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D.G. Sciortino
D.G. is a contributing writer in Shareably. She's based in Connecticut and can be reached at hi@shareably.net.

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