Common Household Problems Fixed in a Flash

Common household problems – things like bumps and holes in the walls, scuffs on the walls from shoes being kicked off or even just drawers stuck on their runners – can be a real pain in the neck. But luckily, you don’t need to call a handy man in to fix all these little jobs. You can do it yourself far more easily than you might think, without any special “tools“.


  • If there are tiny little holes in the walls but you don’t have any caulk or filler, you can use toothpaste. Yep, really. If it’s a white wall, just smooth a little bit of toothpaste into the hole and even out with the tip of your finger. If your walls are painted, you can still use toothpaste – let it dry and then paint with a matching colour.
  • To clean rust – it might sound obvious – but you’ll need a rust cleaning powder. Sprinkle it around the effected area, dampen the rough side of a regular dish sponge and scrub gently to remove the rust in tiny little black flakes. Regular cleaning and regular use of a rust cleaning product should prevent it, too.
  • If you have scuffs on the wall due to kicked off shoes or furniture dragging where it shouldn’t, you can easily clean it off with a half and half solution of white vinegar and water, again, using the abrasive side of a regular dish sponge to buff away the marks. The place will smell vinegary for a while, but at least you won’t have to repaint!
  • Dressers that get stuck on runners are incredibly annoying – especially if you have to put up a fight with your chest of drawers every time you want to grab an item of clothing. You can either use something like WD40 to oil the runners so that they run smoothly, or if you don’t have any, just rub an unscented candle onto the runners to lubricate them.
  • Want a new loo seat? They’re easy to replace – just measure your existing toilet seat, unscrew the nuts on either side of the toilet seat, chuck the old one out, then put the new one in place and just use the same screws to fix it into position. Easy peasy.
  • If your sofa is sagging and the cushions practically sitting on the floor, you can easily sort it out without having to resort to a new sofa or re-upholstery. Buy some plywood, with a smooth side, measure it to the size of the cushion, then pop smooth side up underneath the cushion – it’ll give it extra support.

Source: The Nest