Those minor, everyday irritations that occur at home can sometimes be the proverbial straw that breaks the camel’s back. After a long, trying day, coming home and having to fumble around for several minutes tying to get the key in the front door lock can reduce a grownup down to a blubbering, profanity spewing volcano. Here are several quick home fixes that will solve the front door key issue as well as laundry, bath and kitchen problems.
Never Fumble with Door Key Again
If you are forgetful about turning the porch light on and find yourself fumbling around in the dark trying to unlock the front door more often that you’d like, quick-fix the problem with fingernail polish. Place a dot of glow-in-the-dark fingernail polish at the top of the door lock and another drop of polish on the top of the door key. The glow-in-the-dark nail polish gives just enough glow so the lock and key can be lined up in the dark.
Quick Fix for Mildewed Towels
When damp towels are forgotten about for a few days, mildew and it’s unmistakable odor begin to grow. Remove the smell and any black mildew spots with this quick home fix: Pour one-fourth cup of vinegar and one tablespoon of table salt onto visible mildew stains and rub in, then launder towels as usual. If only the mildew smell exists, pour one cup of vinegar or Ã‚Â½ cup of baking soda into wash water when laundering the towels. Wait until about five minutes into the wash cycle to add the vinegar to give the laundry detergent time to work.
Quick Clean Showerhead
Showerheads become crusted and clogged with mineral deposits in some areas of the country and all showerheads, regardless of where you live, are breeding grounds for bacteria. Clean and disinfect a showerhead by filling a quart-sized Ziploc bag with Ã‚Â½ cup of baking soda and 1 cup of white vinegar, then attach it over the showerhead with a rubber band. Let showerhead soak for 30 minutes, remove Ziploc bag and turn on water to rinse out showerhead.
Prevent Tomato Stains on Plastic Bowls
Plastic bowls are the perfect utensil for storing leftovers, however any tomato based leftover, like chili of spaghetti sauce, can stain the plastic. Prevent the tomato stain with this quick fix: Fill the bowl with ice water and let sit for five minutes before filling the bowl with a tomato based leftover. Chilling the plastic makes it less porous, so it is less likely to absorb to tomato’s red pigment. If it’s too late for prevention and the red stains are already ingrained in the plastic, rub fresh lemon on the stain and set bowl outside in direct sunlight for a few hours.