Here are some common remedies to problems we’ve all probably encountered at least once in our homes:
Treatment for a scratched wood floor.
For minor scratches (from pets, children, furniture, etc), crayons will do the trick. Find a color that matches the floor and color the affected area then buff to a shine. Permanent markers can camouflage deeper scratches. Another method: grind the meat of a walnut or pecan into the scratch. The oil will provide a shine that blends with a polyurethane or water-based surface
Pesky Clogged Drains.
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. Do not attempt this right after using a commercial drain opener like Drano or Liquid-Plumr.
A stripped screw.
Using a hacksaw, cut into the top of the screw to create a new groove for the screwdriver!
Cleaning those dirty walls.
Patch small holes using a putty knife or butter knife to smooth non-gel toothpaste into the hole. Sand the spot to smooth the surface. To erase crayon marks (after your child saw you coloring on the floor to remove scratches and thought it was okay for them to color the wall), grab that same non-gel toothpaste and a scrub brush; then just wipe until the marks are gone.
Please share any other home repair remedies; we know the possibilities are endless!
credit: REALTOR Magazine/HouseLogic