In addition to scotch tape, there are several more universal tools that solve many everyday problems. Ways to use them are not always obvious. We present five products that are useful to you at home, and offer options for their use.
Attention! Not all application methods we tested on ourselves. Try them carefully.
Vinegar is a golden liquid. It is mainly used for cooking and canning products. Here’s how else you can use vinegar in your home:
- Sanitize chopping boards with it.
- Soothe sore throat. Dilute a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and gargle.
- Get rid of dandruff. After washing, rinse your hair with two glasses of warm, acidified water.
- Treating an upset stomach. Dilute two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and drink.
- To polish chrome interior details.
- Add two tablespoons of vinegar to the water so that the eggs do not crack during cooking.
- Remove deposits from the aquarium.
- Remove stains of urine from the carpet.
- Rid a dog of fleas. Add a little apple cider vinegar to the dog bowl with water. The smell, which will then come from the skin of the pet, will scare away the fleas. You can also rinse the dog with a solution of vinegar. This will save her from fleas and bad smell.
- Prevent freezing of windows in the car. Make a solution of three parts of vinegar and one part of water, wipe the glass with it.
- Clean dentures. Put them in vinegar at night, and brush them in the morning.
- Soften clothes and give them electrostatic properties. Add half a glass of vinegar while rinsing the laundry. To soften wool blankets, add two cups of vinegar when rinsing.
- Remove greasy stain from suede.
- Destroy the weeds.
- Refresh wilted vegetables. Dilute a tablespoon of vinegar in a glass of water and soak the vegetables.
- Clean lime deposits on a drip coffee maker.
- Get rid of the smell in the gutters. Once a week, pour a cup of vinegar into the drain, and rinse with water after 30 minutes.
- Replace lemon juice. A quarter teaspoon of vinegar will replace one teaspoon of lemon juice.
- Make the rice crisp. When boiling, add a teaspoon of vinegar to the water when it boils.
- Prevent fat settling on the walls of the oven. Wipe the walls with a cloth dampened with vinegar and water.
- Destroy the germs. Sprinkle the surface with a solution of one part of water and one part of vinegar.
- Clean the shower head of plaque. Place it in a pan with a solution of one part vinegar and one part water, over low heat, bring to a boil and boil for 5 minutes.
- Shine patent leather shoes.
- Freshen the air. Leave the vinegar bowl in the foul smelling room for several hours.
- Soften brushes. Soak the brush in hot vinegar, then rinse with soap and water.
- Rinse off bumper stickers. Cover them with a cloth soaked in vinegar for a few minutes.
- Extend the life of freshly cut flowers. Dilute in a liter of warm water two tablespoons of vinegar and three tablespoons of sugar and put flowers there.
Soda is needed not only to bake magnificent buns. Here’s what else you can do with soda:
- Destroy the foul odor in the refrigerator. Put a box of soda on one of the shelves.
- Remove odor from shoes.
- Clean the sewer and remove the smell. Pour four tablespoons of soda into the drain and rinse with hot water.
- Get rid of the smell of sweat. In the morning after a shower, apply a little soda to wet armpits, brush off excess.
- Soften the skin on the heels.
- Cure diaper rash.
- Remove tan. Use a soda paste while washing.
- Put out a small fire. For example, if the fat on the stove or wiring caught fire.
- To polish silver things.
- Clean the refrigerator.
- Remove the smell of cat litter. Pour soda into the tray and cat litter on top.
- Clean the old thermos and destroy the smell in it.
- Soften dried beans. Soak them in a solution of soda in water.
- Make the taste of game not so sharp.
- Remove greasy stains from the laundry. Add baking soda when washing.
- Remove stains from marble, tiles, plastic surfaces. Apply a paste of soda and water.
- Remove engine oil from the garage floor.
- Wash vegetables and fruits thoroughly.
- Empty the bin.
- Eliminate odor in the dishwasher. Run it with soda instead of soap.
- To extinguish and remove the smell from cigarette butts smoldering in an ashtray.
- To clear a shower curtain of a soap raid.
- To clean teeth or dentures.
- Get rid of heartburn. Dissolve ½ teaspoon of soda in half a glass of water and drink.
- Reduce toothache. Rinse your mouth with a solution of ½ teaspoon of soda in half a glass of water.
- Wash sooty pans. Soak them for 15 minutes in a soda solution.
- Relieve pain from a bee sting.
- Make homemade plasticine: Mix 1 ¼ cup of water, two cups of soda and one cup of corn starch.
- Wipe the windshield of the car with a soda solution. It will gain water-repellent properties.
- Clean bags made of thick fabric.
- Add shine to chrome parts and stainless steel items.
If at home you have a bottle of WD-40, then you can easily solve many domestic problems. Next, we will call the WD-40 grease. It really has a “lubricating” effect, helping, for example, to unzip or turn the key in the well. But this is temporary. WD-40 pushes moisture away, so after using it, you need to apply additional grease. That’s how the wonderful WD-40 liquid helps you.
- Removes complex dirt from the car.
- It will help to unfasten the jammed zipper.
- It will help to unravel the gold and silver chains.
- Drag pigeons off the balcony.
- WD-40 can lubricate dentures.
- It will not fade silver.
- Protects ceramic and terracotta pots from plaque.
- Grease for scissors.
- Grease for door hinges at home and in the car.
- Grease that helps get rid of the creak of a children’s swing.
- Grease for window latches if you cannot open them.
- Grease for umbrellas that do not open well.
- Cleans car racks.
- Grease from fan creak.
- Grease for the bike.
- Removes traces of glue after using adhesive tape.
- Cleans grills.
- Removes black marks from the floor.
Paper towels are for those who want to ease their housework. Here are ways to use towels that you did not know about:
- Use a roll of towels as a pillow under your lower back.
- Remove the fibers from the corn cob: wipe it with a damp paper towel.
- Use a towel as a filter in a drip coffee maker.
- Leaf lettuce will stay fresh longer if you wrap it in a towel and put it in the refrigerator: the towel absorbs excess moisture.
- If you freeze bread, wrap it in a towel before freezing. Thaw bread in a towel: it absorbs the released moisture, and the bread will not be damp.
- Relieve pain if burned in the sun. Apply wet paper towels to burns.
- Clean the can opener. Put the edge of the towel into the opener, as if it were the edges of a can, and twist the opener.
- Remove the pencil from the chalk board: wax the board, put a paper towel on top and iron it with an iron.
- Remove wax from candles from carpet or upholstery. Proceed as in method number 8.
- Germinate the seeds. Place them between two wet towels.
- To remove fat from the broth, place a towel in a colander and strain the broth.
- Wrap Christmas tree decorations when storing them.
- Remove the remaining machine oil from the sewing machine: make the first few stitches on a paper towel.
Napkins for softening and flavoring linen
Napkins are used in tumble dryers to flavor and remove static electricity from laundry. They are not very common in Russia, but they are gradually appearing. If you have a box of such napkins at home, here’s how you can apply them:
- As a repeller for mice and ants.
- As protection against wasps, mosquitoes, bees. Hang a napkin on the balcony, it will scare away insects.
- Wipe household appliances and computers so that dust does not collect on them longer.
- Remove soapy leaks on the shower door.
- To remove odor from the bin: throw one napkin to the bottom.
- Wipe the blinds so that dust does not settle on them.
- Deodorize the shoes with napkins.
- When storing sleeping bags and tents, put a few napkins in them to keep them fresh.
- Throw a tissue in a suitcase or bag that you do not use regularly.
- Gather cat hair with a napkin.
- Use a napkin as an air freshener for a cabinet, room, car.
- To prevent the thread from tangling during sewing, wipe it with a cloth.
- Collect fine dust after drilling or grinding.
- Remove any unpleasant odors by throwing a napkin on the bottom of the laundry basket.
- Wipe off insect traces from the machine. Moisten a napkin first.
- Clean the pan of burnt food. Put a napkin, fill it with water and leave it overnight. In the morning, wash the pan with a sponge.
These are far from all ways of applying for these simple things. Share your everyday life hacks in the comments.