Do-it-yourself household tricks on a budget

By now you may know that if you are considering selling a home, you must make sure every room is spotlessly clean. As you’re attending to this task, you may run across some minor home maintenance projects that have been lingering on your to-do list for too long. If you find yourself in a rush or pinched for cash, you can bypass the trip to the hardware or craft store. There are some projects you can tackle with items that might already be in your home.

clean and repair with common household items

1. Vinegar: 

There’s probably a jug of vinegar in your pantry right now. You can soak items in vinegar to remove mineral deposits (like in a clogged showerhead), and you can boil vinegar in your microwave to remove odors and make it easier to clean. Thanks to its acidity, vinegar is nothing short of a miracle —it effectively and gently eliminates grease, soap scum, and grime.

2. Cola:

While Coca-Cola doesn’t actively endorse it, they also don’t deny that cola can be used as a cleaner on various household items. A can of Cola can be used to clean many surfaces, including your glass windows, porcelain toilet, or chrome fixtures. Letting the cola sit for several hours will improve its effectiveness. It’s not a disinfectant, but it works very well at removing grime and stains. Just do some research before using it on metal surfaces, as it can be corrosive.

3. Baking soda:

Baking soda is a pantry staple with proven virus-killing abilities that also effectively cleans, absorbs odors, brightens, and cuts through grease and grime. It’s proven to be more useful for applications other than baking. A baking soda-vinegar paste is great for cleaning bathrooms and kitchens.

4. Butter knife:

A butter knife is not a screwdriver of course, but screwdrivers are easy to misplace. If you can’t find a screwdriver when you need one, a butter knife—preferably an older one that you no longer need for table setting—is pretty effective for both Phillips- and flat-head screws.

5. Toothpaste:

It’s not just for cleaning those pearly whites! Is there an unsightly scratch on your car or bike? The grit in tartar-control toothpaste makes for an effective scratch remover. Clean the scratch, apply some toothpaste, let it sit for a few minutes, and then buff it out with a paper

With these tips, you will have whatever is on your to-do-list repaired, polished, cleaned, and deodorized just in time to list your home on the market!

Agent’s who have been certified by AdvantageU Home Seller’s Resource can give home sellers a lot of expert tips on preparing their house for sale.


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