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5 Secrets Weapons for DIY Projects

Is there a home maintenance project that’s been lingering on your to-do list for too long because you’re dreading the trip to the hardware or craft store? There are some projects you can tackle with items that are almost certainly already in your home.


There’s probably a jug of vinegar in your pantry right now. You can soak items in vinegar to remove mineral deposits (like in a clogged shower-head), and you can boil vinegar in your microwave to remove odors and make it easier to clean. You can also use it to clean cabinets & flooring (mix a little of your favorite essential oil scent to make your home smell amazing).


A can of Coke or Pepsi can be used to clean many surfaces, including your glass windows, porcelain toilet, or chrome fixtures. Just do some research before using it on metal surfaces, as it can be corrosive.

Baking soda

This item may actually be more useful for applications other than baking. A baking soda-vinegar paste is great for cleaning bathrooms and kitchens. Baking soda can also be used to absorb odors. Be sure to change out your box every-so-often from your refrigerator & don't use that particular box to bake with (your food will not taste good!)

Butter knife

Screwdrivers are easy to misplace. If can’t find a screwdriver when you need one, a butter knife—preferably an older one that you no longer need for table setting—is pretty effective for both Phillips- and flat-head screws.


Is there an unsightly scratch on your car or bike? The grit in tarter-control toothpastes makes for an effective scratch remover. Clean the scratch, apply some toothpaste, let it sit for a few minutes, and then buff it out with paper towel. You can also use toothpaste to fill wall holes (use the white toothpaste, not green).

If you're ready to take on any projects, but don't want to DIY, the Lessing Team works with great contractors & we are happy to give referrals.

Amy Lessing - 314.488.3216

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