Easy remedies for common problems


There are times when we have to discard certain items even if the damage is a minor one because we do not know how to fix it. But the fact is that at times they are not damaged beyond repair, just a little bit of fixing and they are back to their form. Here are a couple of tricks for you to help you fix things in your household.

• Remove a broken key from a lock: Put some super glue on the broken off part, insert, and hold a few seconds and pull.

• Remove a broken light bulb: Stick a bar of soap into jagged edges, use soap as handle.

• Protect children from sockets: Keep a piece of electrical tape over them when not in use.

• How to revive old razor blades: Rub them back and forth inside a drinking glass.

• Easy to unglue stamps and envelopes: Put in freezer for a few hours then flip off with knife blade.

• Get water out of your watch: Strap watch to light bulb, turn on for a few minutes. Water drops will form on glass. Open up and wipe off.

• Open that stuck zip: Spray the stuck zip with shaving foam.

• Easily untie a knot in a chain: Cover the knot generously with cold cream.

• How to remove staples: An old nail clipper works fine for removing staples.

• Unwrinkle plastic materials: Heat ironing board with iron, lay materials on, smooth with hands.

• Remove wax from candleholders: Freeze holders in refrigerator and it will just peel off.

• Prevent kitchen stools from slipping: Put rubber tips from crutches on bottom of legs.

• Rid scratches from plastic watches: Use cotton bud dipped in nail polish remover; rub over face, scratch disappears.

• Excellent lubricant for appliances: Put a drop of glycerine in gears — makes an excellent lubricant!

• Stop clothes catching on wooden hangers: Put a coat of clear nail polish over splinters and rough edges.