Household Items With A Purpose You Never Realized

We all agree that the upkeep of a home is no easy feat. From a leaky toilet to a squeaky door, you may have plenty of headaches around the house. In fact, some common household items can tackle the problems easily. Check out these ridiculously smart home hacks in no time!  

1. Use Nail Polish To Fix Loose Screws

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Screws can come loose over time, but there's no need to worry if it doesn't grip. Just paint it with nail polish, and see what a thin coat can do in putting it back into place! 

2. Clean Marker Or Crayon Scribbles On Walls With WD-40

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Your everyday life will be full of 'surprises' if you've got kids around the house. Don't fret, and here is a quick fix. Use WD-40 to easily wipe off markings from crayons or markers if your paint has a sheen. If it's on matte or flat paints, then try a Magic Eraser.

3. Remove Rust From Chrome With Foil

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Clearing rust off a chrome surface doesn't need much elbow grease as long as you have aluminum foil at home. Clean the surface with a microfiber towel and soapy water first, then dip your foil into clean water and rub it on the rust. Viola, it's gone!

4. Spray The Squeaky Door Away

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Are you still irritated with squeaky doors or cabinets? Then find your cooking spray right away. Spray just a little on the hinges, and you see it working wonders in no time!

5. Fix A Tear In A Screen With Clear Nail Polish

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It happens that window screens get small tears even without your notice. Use a few drops of clear nail polish before the hole gets bigger.

6. Unscrew A Broken Lightbulb With A Potato

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If you've ever broken a light bulb while it's still in the socket, you'll know how frustrating it can be to remove it. Push the soft side of a half potato into the broken bulb, then turn it counterclockwise until the broken glass is embedded into the potato. Don't forget to turn off the power and put on protective gloves before you try this hack!

7. Use Crayons To Fill In Nail Holes

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Crayons can be both off-putting and useful on your walls. If you have nail holes in your house, rub a crayon with a similar color of the wall that you're repairing over the nail hole. Viola, it's vanished! 

8. Treat A Smelly Garbage Can With Bread And Vinegar

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Trash cans will start to smell after a while even if you use it with bags. Pour vinegar over a slice of bread, drop it into the bottom of your trash can at night. Prepare to be amazed when you wake up in the morning!

9. Quiet Squeaky Floors With Baby Powder

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Your floor boards may get squeaky over time because pieces of wood are rubbing together. In this case, your baby powder comes into handy. Try to squeeze the baby powder in the cracks and use a makeup brush to clean it up.

10. Put Salt Down Your Clogged Drain

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Nobody wants a slow-draining sink, right? But how to unlog it if you don't like to use harsh chemicals? You can swear by the following remedy. First pour boiling water down the drain, then mix ½ cup of baking soda and ¼ cup of salt and let it sit for 10 minutes. Flush it to be amazed!

11. Achieve The Perfect Caulk Edge Using Tape

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Caulk looks ugly if it is filled in the cracks without a perfect straight edge. To fix the issue, pick up some painter's tape and use it to align your caulk. Remember to remove the tape while the caulk is still wet!

12. Put Soap Under Sheets With Leg Cramps

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If cramping legs have been disrupting your sleep, then this home remedy is right up your alley. Just place a bar of soap under your sheet and sleep with it, you'll notice the magic it works.

13. Treat Carpet Dents With Ice Cubes

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Nobody likes dents in your carpets, right? Here is a quick fix. Put an ice cube on the dents and let it melt. Wait for the dents to spring back as it absorbs the water.

14. Remove Stripped Screws With A Rubber Band

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How can you remove the screw without a screwdriver? Just place a rubber band over its head to add extra friction, and you can remove the stubborn stripped screw with ease.

15. Clean Grout With Toilet Bowl Cleaner

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It can be tricky to scrub off grout. However, things can be much easier if you apply toilet bowl cleaner to deal with it. Let it sit for 15 minutes before you scrub it off with a small cleaning brush. Finally, mop the area with warm water, and you'll find the amazing result.

16. Spot A Toilet Leak Using Kool-Aid

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You'd better have some 20-cent packets of Kool-Aid for a rainy day. Use one to find out whether your toilet is leaking or not. Simply remove the lid of the toilet tank and pour it inside. Wait 30 minutes and check the toilet bowl. If it's not clean water, then you have a leak.

17. Patch Nail Holes With A Bar Of Soap

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If you don't have crayons in your house, then here comes another simple fix to deal with those unsightly nail holes. Rub a basic bar of white soap in a counterclockwise circular motion over the hole. Finally, use a warm wet cloth to wipe off the residue.

18. Repair Dents In Wood With A Hot Iron

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Dents in furniture and hardwood floors are sure to be a headache, but the good news is that you can remove them by simply using a washcloth and a hot iron. Wet the dent area and place a moist towel over it before you run the iron over it in a circular motion. It really works!

19. Prevent Doors From Rattling With A Cabinet Door Bumper

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Rattling doors are the worst, but you can use this simple hack to get rid of the problem for good. Place a cabinet door bumper on the door jamb and the noises will be gone!

20. Winterize Windows With Bubble Wrap

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Don't be afraid of fixing a window that bleeds heat, since it is not complicated at all. Simply sticking bubble wrap to the wet windows can help keep heat in and the cold out.

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