4 Home Hacks Every New Homeowner Should Know

4 Home Hacks Every New Homeowner Should Know

Home hacks to get rid of those imperfections that are making your head pound.


So, you just bought a new home. Congratulations! It's not perfect, but it's yours. Some of those imperfections may give your home character, but others may give you headaches.

Here's the good news: You don't have to hire a contractor to fix every little problem.

Use these home hacks to get rid of those imperfections that are making your head pound.

1. Use an iron to fix warped and dented floors.

Irons are great for getting wrinkles out of clothes, but they're also great for fixing your floors.

If your tile is warped or peeling, use a hot iron to set them straight. Just cover the tiles with aluminum foil and press a hot iron over the foil to soften the flooring. Next, pull up the warped section of the floor and get rid of the dried adhesive. Add new glue, press with a heavy object and your floor will be as good as new.

You can also use your iron to get rid of dents in wood flooring and furniture. Simply wet the indentation, place a damp towel over it and press a hot clothes iron over the towel. Move in circular motions for a few minutes, and you're set.

2. Use a pencil to open a stuck lock.

Few things are more frustrating than stuck lock — especially if it's your new front door. If you have a really bad jam, you may have to call a locksmith. But if you have a pencil on hand, you can probably tackle this chore on your own.

The graphite in the pencil point will lubricate the lock and make it easy to unlock with your key.

3. Use baking soda and vinegar to clear clogs.

Every homeowner will deal with drain clogs at least once. Most of us deal with clogs at least once a year.

Instead of using a liquid drain cleaner, which can harm your pipes, use baking soda, vinegar and boiling water. The baking soda will react with the vinegar to create a bubbling effect that helps break down clogs.

  • Start by flushing a pot of boiling water down the drain.
  • Next, dump about 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain and allow it to sit for a few minutes.
  • Pour 1 cup of vinegar down the drain slowly. Don't allow the mixture to come up above the drain.
  • Cover with a drain plug (optional) and allow to sit for one hour.
  • Flush the drain one more time with a pot of boiling water.

This fix is great for maintenance clean-outs, but if you have a serious drain clog, you may need to call in a professional. Hydro jetting is the most effective way to remove serious build-up and debris, according to The Pipe Medic.

4. Use ice cubes to remove carpet dents.

Heavy furniture can leave unsightly dents in your carpet that never seem to disappear. If you plan on changing the layout of your furniture, this trick will come in handy to remove those dents in less than a day.

You'll need something unusual for this one: ice cubes.

Place ice cubes over the divots and let them melt for several hours. After they've melted, blot the water with a sponge and fluff the fibers with a spoon.

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7 Things Every Real Taylor Swift Fan Knows Will 100 Percent Happen On TS7



On April 13th, Taylor Swift posted on her Instagram a picture with the caption "4.26"... since then, every post since has had the same caption, and fans have been theorizing ever since.

1. It's going to be very different from "Reputation"


Looking at her current pastel Instagram theme, it is very, very different than dark, mysterious vibe from her "Reputation" days.

2. This will be one of Taylor's happiest albums yet


Taylor has stayed out of the media for the most part since the release of "Reputation", and I believe that she's enjoyed her time, focusing on her music, friends, family, and relationships during this downtime.

3. This album will reflect on her childhood


In 2016, in an interview with Glamour magazine, Taylor revealed that she was bullied in school, and her mom would often take her to T.J.Maxx after school to look at the opal jewelry in order to cheer her up. On April 14th, she posted a picture of jewelry, including opal. Also, one could say that her current Instagram profile picture has an opal tone to it. These could be hints to Taylor tapping into her childhood for her newest album. Oh, and she dressed up as a "childhood hero" for a New Year's Eve party...

4. ...But also focus on moving forward


From her fresh, pastel Instagram theme to the flowers, butterflies, and overall springy vibes, Taylor has an airy, happy vibe that yells fresh, new life. Perhaps the album will also focus on her rising above everything from "Reputation" and all of the new things in her life.

5. It's going to have hidden eggs placed within the lyrics


All Swift fans know that Taylor loves to play games and create puzzles for us to figure out leading up to album releases. Why does the album itself have to be any different? Hopefully TS7 will have hidden gems in it as well...

6. Jack Antonoff and Max Martin will be back


Jack and Max have been with Taylor since "1989," and I don't think they're going anywhere. If they made it through the sound shift between Swift's 5th and 6th albums, they can work with whatever new ideas Taylor comes up with.

7. If the old Taylor is dead, I think TS7 will be when the new Taylor fully emerges


There's been some butterfly emojis and imagery flying around on Taylor's Instagram, and in a way, I think TS7 will be Taylor emerging from her cocoon of sorts into a butterfly. "Reputation" showed that she was capable of change, and this new album will show a more mature version of Taylor.

Chances are all of these are 100% wrong... but hey, it's fun to theorize while we wait for her new single/album to drop on April 26th.

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