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The Ultimate Quick Fix Tricks Quiz
by Staff
Home repairs can be so overwhelming that many homeowners simply put them off. It's important to know how to do some simple household repairs. Fixing things yourself can make life easier and save you money. Take our quiz and test your knowledge of 10 simple tricks for quick home fixes.

Fresh flowers can brighten and beautify your home. What should you do to the water to keep flowers fresh for as long as possible?

  • Add a dash or two of vodka.
  • Add one aspirin.
  • Add a teaspoon of baking soda.

For great looking leather items, what fruit should you buy at the grocery?

  • apple
  • banana
  • pear

How can a banana renew dark-colored leather?

  • Rub the leather with mashed banana.
  • Polish the leather with the inside of the banana peel.
  • Polish the leather with the outside of the banana peel.

If dripping candle wax is not on the menu of your next dinner party, what should you do to prevent dripping wax?

  • Cool the wax by placing the candles in the refrigerator.
  • There is no way to prevent dripping so use mood lighting instead.
  • You should buy dripless candles.

If I store candles in the refrigerator for longer than a few hours, will the candles be ruined?

  • Candles may not be stored in the refrigerator for longer than a few hours.
  • Candles may be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week.
  • Candles may be stored in the refrigerator for an unlimited time.

What household product is great for cleaning paint brushes?

  • baking soda
  • vinegar
  • soapy water

How do you clean dried paint brushes with vinegar?

  • Soak the brushes in water and vinegar.
  • Soak the brushes in room temperature vinegar.
  • Soak the brushes in hot vinegar.

How can you improve the grip of a screwdriver?

  • Wrap a thick rubber band around the handle.
  • Put wax on the screwdriver handle.
  • Buy a better quality screwdriver.

What is a simple fix to remove ink stains from your skin?

  • Tomato juice removes ink stains on skin.
  • Soft drinks remove ink stains from skin.
  • Oil removes ink stains from skin.

What bath product may quiet squeaky floorboards?

  • talcum powder
  • baking soda
  • bath salts

What is an inexpensive solution for squeaky door hinges?

  • generic vegetable oil
  • generic mayonnaise
  • generic vinegar

If dripping oil on door hinges is too messy for you, you may try this less messy, but still inexpensive, alternative.

  • generic hair spray
  • generic vegetable cooking spray
  • commercial lubricant

How can you get mildew out of wet towels?

  • You may machine wash the towels with detergent.
  • You may machine wash the towels with vinegar.
  • You may machine wash the towels with bleach.

How can you remove mildew from non-washables such as leather shoes?

  • Rub with a cloth dipped into vinegar and water.
  • Rub with a cloth dipped into alcohol.
  • You cannot remove mildew from shoes.

For deep-set mildew stains, you may try what treatment?

  • Pour bleach over the item.
  • Pour vinegar over the item.
  • There is no treatment.

If the alcohol treatment fades your shoes, what went wrong?

  • The mildew faded the color.
  • That is supposed to happen.
  • You forgot to spot check for color fastness.

How can you prevent tools from rusting?

  • Put some baking soda into the toolbox.
  • Put some children's sidewalk chalk into the toolbox.
  • Put some oil on your tools.

If your tools have already rusted, what can you do?

  • Rub off the rust with a baking soda and lemon juice paste.
  • Buy some new tools.
  • Rub off the rust with a salt and lemon juice paste.

Candles are used for lighting and also to create a:

  • mood
  • fun time
  • waxy mess

To prevent rust from ruining your tools, where is the best place to store them?

  • a damp garage
  • under the kitchen sink
  • dry closet