9 Tips to Solve Small Household Problems

A pair of sneakers.

 If your shoes or sneakers are wet or smell bad, you can sprinkle some baking soda inside. (Image: via Pixabay)

Sometimes you may be troubled by the small things in life. Usually, these small household problems are easy to solve.

Some tips to help solve small household problems

1. How to fix soup if it is too salty

If your soup is too salty, put some chopped potatoes into the soup for a couple of minutes and then take them out. They will absorb some salt, and the soup will taste better.

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2. What to do if your shoes smell bad

If your shoes or sneakers are wet or smell bad, you can sprinkle some baking soda inside. The baking soda will absorb the moisture and remove the foul odor.

3. How to make flowers last longer

Adding some beer to a vase will make flowers last longer. This is because beer has ethanol, sugar, and other ingredients that provide nutrients for the flowers.

One of the small household problems is flowers that don't last.
Adding some beer to a vase will make flowers last longer. (Image: Jruffa via Dreamstime)

4. How to clean old photos

Use a cotton cloth dipped in rubbing alcohol to clean old photos. The photos will look like new without being damaged.

5. How to remove that moldy smell

If drawers, wardrobes, or suitcases smell moldy, place a piece of soap inside to help remove the odor.

6. How to clean the oil cup inside a kitchen range exhaust hood

To help maintain a clean oil cup inside a kitchen range exhaust hood, put some water in the cup before using the hood. Then, it will be easier to clean it out.

7. How to clean gold jewelry

Gold jewelry will lose its luster after being worn for a long time. Wiping it with a soft cloth dipped in toothpaste will help to restore the shine.

Gold bracelets.
Gold jewelry will lose its luster after being worn for a long time. (Image: Shao-chun Wang via Dreamstime)

8. How to make a zipper work properly

If a zipper gets stuck, rubbing some soap or wax on it with a piece of cloth will make it work properly.

9. How to restore a woolen sweater

If the cuffs or collar of a woolen sweater lose their flexibility, soak them in hot water for 20 minutes and then dry. This will restore flexibility to the cuffs and collar.

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