Is there a home maintenance project that’s been lingering on your to-do list for way too long because you’re dreading the trip to the craft or hardware store? Don’t worry: Here are some DIY projects you can tackle with items that are probably already in your home.
- Vinegar: You most likely have a jug of vinegar in your pantry right now. You can soak household items and certain tools in vinegar to remove buildup of mineral deposits (like the ones in a clogged showerhead). You can also boil vinegar in your microwave to make items easier to clean and remove common odors.
- Soda: A can of Pepsi or Coke can be used to clean a number of surfaces, including your chrome fixtures, glass windows, or porcelain toilet. Still, do your homework before using cola on any metal surfaces, as it can sometimes be corrosive.
- Baking soda: Despite its name, this household mainstay might actually be more useful for DIY applications than it is for baking. A baking soda/vinegar paste is ideal for effectively cleaning bathrooms and kitchens. Baking soda also absorbs odors well.
- Butter knife: We’ve all misplaced a screwdriver at one time or another. If you can’t find a screwdriver when you need one, a butter knife—preferably an older one that you no longer need to set the table—can serve as a handy alternative to both flat- and Phillips-head screws.
- Toothpaste: Got an unsightly scratch on your bike or car? Fear not, because the grit in tartar-control toothpaste makes it an effective scratch remover. Clean the scratch first. Next, apply some toothpaste, let it sit for a few minutes, and buff it with a paper towel (another ultra-easy DIY item).