10 DIY Home Repair Projects for the Holidays
Open a fresh walnut and rub the meat directly onto the spot; the oil masks marks on various types of wood.
Smudges on Painted Walls
Add a splash of white vinegar to warm water, then rub out marks with a soft cloth.
Slow-Moving Drains and Garbage Disposals
Pour in 1⁄2 cup baking soda, followed by 1⁄2 cup vinegar; let sit for 2 hours. Run warm water, or turn on the disposal for a few seconds.
Use an angled artist’s paintbrush to apply wallpaper-seam adhesive (sold at hardware stores) to the underside of the paper, then press flat with a paint roller.
Add a few drops of vanilla extract to a wet cloth, then wipe down drawers and shelves. For dried-on spills, mix equal parts vinegar and dish soap in a spray bottle, spritz, let sit for 10 minutes, then wipe.
Scuff Marks on Dishes
Mix cream of tartar and water to buff out marks. For tea and coffee stains on mugs, rub with a 50-50 combination of salt and lemon juice.
Use a clean, wide soft-bristle paintbrush to sweep dust from large-leafed plants. For smaller plants, use a blush brush.
Bottom Gunk in Narrow Vases
Fill with warm water and drop in 2 denture tablets (you can break them first). Swish the solution around, let sit for 1 hour, and rinse.
Dirty Tops of Pillar Candles
Wipe with a cotton ball dipped in rubbing alcohol.
Grease Marks Between Double-Glass Oven Doors
Use a rubber band to secure a damp cotton cloth around a metal spatula; slip it through the bottom vent of the door. After a few passes, swap the damp cloth for a dry one.