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Quick Home Fixes Even Busy Moms Can Do

We're all busy. You know it and I know it.

But that doesn't mean (necessarily) that we can't still get a few home improvement/repair projects done during our hectic schedules. In fact, there are plenty of projects that are quick and easy that even the busiest of moms can take care of.

We'll talk a little bit about pet stains, peeling wallpaper, and "phantom flushes".

Getting Rid of Pesky Pet Stains

I'm a little chemical-phobe. While, yes, we've got plenty of chemical-based products that will get rid of pet stains, guess what? People have been cleaning pet stains for a long time and the chemicals now used to clean them have only been around for a short time.

So there must be another remedy. Unless you plan on covering your whole house with housebreaking pads, you can find another way to clean without all the chemicals. There is -- white vinegar.

Here's how it goes:

Get most of the area of the accident sopped up with a towel. After the excess is cleaned, add a white distilled vinegar and water solution to the area. Blot the area until it is nearly try. Then sprinkle baking soda over the area and let it dry. Vacuum the area the next day.

Easy, right?

Fixing Peeling Wallpaper

Most people that I talk to about wallpaper seem to think that they need to replace their wallpaper when anything goes wrong. It's not true. In fact, there are many wallpaper issues that can be fixed without the need to replace. After all, we all know how difficult it is to replace the entire bathroom decor with your wallpaper.

So we've all seen peeling wallpaper. It can be quite the nuisance. But, it's really easy to fix. Here's how. 

1) Peel back the lifted section of the wallpaper and apply white glue or border adhesive.

2) Use a damp sponge to smooth section back into place.

3) After the area is done drying, apply caulk along the seam between the wallpaper and wall.

Easy.

Getting Rid of "Phantom Flushes"

Does it ever seem like your toilet running even when you haven't used it recently. This is called a "phantom flush" and it's usually caused by a bad flapper or flapper seat. The flapper is connected to the trip lever (toilet handle) via a chain. The flapper seat sits directly below the flapper.

Here's what you need to do:

1) Drank the tank and toilet bowl using a wet/dry vacuum (easy) or bucket (somewhat labor intensive). Be sure to turn off the water source before you start. This is located on the wall right about the floor.

2) Inspect the flapper and flapper seat. The flapper seat will most likely need a cleaning, so go ahead and take care of that. If you see any cracks in the flapper, or if there is any wear or tear on the flapper, replace it.

3) Return the water valve to its "on" position and the toilet will begin to refill.

Got it? I think you do.

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