WALNUTS ARE GREAT FOR MORE THAN JUST BAKING
If you're looking to restore damage to an old piece of wood furniture or flooring as part of your DIY home repairs, Todd Saunders, CEO of FlooringStores has a great secret weapon for you to try out. 'Walnuts are a great tool for fixing scratches in your wooden floors and furniture. The key here is walnut oil, which is rich, dark, and often used in woodworking to give wood a beautiful dark tone and help to preserve it.' 'By rubbing a walnut over a scratch in your woodwork, you're essentially working this high-quality oil right into the scratch, often obscuring it completely. Finish by rubbing the scratch with your finger and then buffing with a soft cloth.'
CORNSTARCH CAN BE USED TO DETANGLE
Cornstarch is an epic detangler. Pour it over tangled shoelaces, necklaces, tassels, or strings to help detangle them quickly and effectively. You can even use it on matted pet fur. According to Ashleigh Gibbs of PetsRadar, you can use cornstarch in combination with baking soda to create a DIY dog grooming powder that's gentle on their skin: '1 cup (230 g) of baking soda and 1 cup (128 g) of cornstarch combined in a bowl can be useful. Comb it through your dog's fur to remove dirt and grime. It might not be something to use too often, however, as it can cause residue to build up on their fur.'
MEASURING TAPE SECRET FEATURES
You’d think a measuring tape is pretty self-explanatory but perhaps not! This must-have DIY tool's metal tab you use to pull it along a surface actually has two extra purposes: the wide hole in the metal piece is the perfect size to hook over a nail head to keep your markings steady when measuring something. It also has an edge on one side that you can use to gently press and mark a surface.
CHOOSE WOOD HANGERS OVER PLASTIC
Did you know wooden coat hangers are for more than just looking nice in your wardrobe? They’re usually made from cedar wood, which helps repel bugs and are a secret weapon when figuring out how to get rid of clothes moths. They also have a nice scent and are great for heavy pieces of clothing like jackets and/or garments that are susceptible to damage like wool, linen, and silk.
CHOOSE BRASS DOORKNOBS FOR A GERM FREE HOME
You might not have really thought about doorknobs too deeply. But it turns out, that a lot of doorknobs are made out of brass because it destroys bacteria. Great if you have young kids or simply aren't a fan of germs, brass actually has antibacterial properties, meaning they can kill a wide range of microbes in a matter of hours.
All the best Jan