Home Care

6 DIY Solutions to Common Household Problems

Deal with scratches, creaks, and cracks in no time at all


Don’t know how to deal with common cracks and scratches at your home? You can fix these common problems yourself, without hiring a handyman! Here are six easy solutions that you can do to address minor problems at home.

Styling by Arlene Sanchez Maslog. Photos by Miguel Nacianceno.

Read the original article ("20 Quick Home Fixes") in the March 2010 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at https://summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living

Keep these tips in mind:

For peeling wallpaper

To fix peeling wallpaper, pull the seam of the loose end until you feel some resistance. With a four-inch paintbrush, apply wallpaper adhesive onto the back of the wallpaper. Press into place with your palm. Wipe the area with a damp sponge then seal further with a wallpaper roller.

For an old light bulb

Faced with a stubborn bulb? Make sure that the receptacle is unplugged. Begin by making a loop with a foot-long piece of duct tape by attaching its two ends together. Ring the duct tape around the bulb and attach the bulb to one side. Turn the bulb counterclockwise with the help of the tape to remove the bulb.

For fading furniture

To revive faded varnish of old furniture, start by cleaning with a microfiber cloth. Spray Pledge Orange Oil on a cleaning cloth and rub this onto the wooden furniture.

For glass scratches

Clean the glass thoroughly and dry it with a lint-free cloth. Fill in scratches with toothpaste using your fingertips. When it dries, buff the area with cloth.

For bathroom scum

Remove scum form your shower door by rubbing it with a cloth soaked in Old English Lemon Oil (from True Value). Use a soft brush to brush off scum. Wipe dry then using another cloth, coat the door again with the oil to prevent future buildup.

For pests

Troubled by pests? For a non-toxic rat repellant, soak cotton balls with 100% peppermint oil (available at aromatherapy and scent stores) and place them in rat prone areas like pipe and drain entrances.

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