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DIY Bathroom Hacks That Will Save Your Life

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Oftentimes household fixes appear harder than they actually are. There are a number of tasks that are easy to perform yourself and will cost you far less than calling in a professional. With that being said, it’s important to know when you aren’t capable and it’s time to call in an expert. Read on to learn about simple bathroom fix-ups that you can do yourself.

Unclog a Drain

Vinegar, baking soda, and measuring cup
Slow draining sinks or showers can ruin your day and leave you feeling unclean. This is an easy, inexpensive trick to try before calling in a plumber.

What You’ll Need:

  • 1/2 C Baking Soda
  • 1/2 C White vinegar

Pour the baking soda into the drain, followed by the vinegar. The mixture will bubble up and create a powerful solution that fights through scum. Wait about 10 minutes and pour in boiling water to clear the solution.

Re-Caulk Your Shower

Man holding caulk gun, blue painter's tape on white tile

The sealant in your shower can often become moldy and start lifting in areas. It’s important to replace it before any further damage occurs. This is especially important if you’re on an upper level apartment, as it can cause leakage for your downstairs neighbors.

What You’ll Need:

  • Putty knife or razor blade
  • Painter’s tape
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Caulk gun
  • Kitchen and bathroom caulk

Completely remove the old caulk with the putty knife of razor blade. You can use a caulk softener to make this step a bit easier. Clean away debris with a vacuum, and follow by wiping the area with rubbing alcohol. This step will remove any residue from your tile.
Next you’ll want to tape of the surrounding areas, and you’re ready to apply the new caulk! Lay down the caulk with the gun as evenly as possible along the edges or your bath or shower. Wet your finger and run it along the caulk to smooth it out. This process also helps to really set and seal the new caulk. You’ll want to let it dry for about 24 hours.

Leaky Faucet

Close up of dripping bathroom faucet

The sound of a leaky faucet can keep you awake at night. Luckily it’s a quick and easy fix that doesn’t cost much.

What You’ll Need:

  • Wrench
  • Tape (to prevent the wrench from scuffing your finish)
  • Drain stopper or rag to block the drain

Switch the water supply valve under your sink to the off position and stop your drain before hand, you don’t want to lose any parts! Disassemble the stem using your wrench and inspect all the parts for cracks. Take the damaged pieces into your hardware store to find replacements.
Check out this guide on different types of faucets and how to take them apart.
https://www.thisoldhouse.com/ideas/fixing-leaky-faucet

Running Toilet

Toilet tank diagram

A constantly running toilet is another one of those ugly sounds that you don’t want to be plagued by. The flapper valve is the plug that contains the stored water in your toilet tank. A noisy, running toilet is usually the result of a worn or damaged flapper valve.

Remove the lid from the toilet tank, reach in and grab the flapper valve attached to the metal chain. If you don’t see any damage on the valve, a build up of algae could be the extent of the problem. If this is the case, try cleaning it and testing it out before you purchase an entirely new valve.

Do you have any bathroom hacks we should know about?

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