The Ultimate Quick Fix Tricks Quiz

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The Ultimate Quick Fix Tricks Quiz
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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 to their water a dash or two of vodka. This will keep the flowers perky and prevent the growth of algae.
Add one aspirin.
Add a teaspoon of baking soda.

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For great looking leather items, what fruit should you buy at the grocery?
apple
banana
A banana can help keep your dark-colored leather items looking new.
pear

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How can a banana renew dark-colored leather?
Rub the leather with mashed banana.
Polish the leather with the inside of the banana peel.
With the inside of a banana peel, rub the leather and then buff with a soft, dry cloth till shiny.
Polish the leather with the outside of the banana peel.

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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.
Several hours before lighting candles, place the candles in the refrigerator. Cooling the wax will minimize the drips, but not totally eliminate them.
There is no way to prevent dripping so use mood lighting instead.
You should buy dripless candles.

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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.
You may refrigerate candles for an unlimited time. To protect food from the candle's fragrance, you may want to seal scented candles in plastic.

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What household product is great for cleaning paint brushes?
baking soda
vinegar
Vinegar is great for cleaning dried paint brushes.
soapy water

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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.
Soften dried paint brushes by soaking in hot vinegar. After a good soak ,use a wire brush to separate the bristles and remove the remaining paint.

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How can you improve the grip of a screwdriver?
Wrap a thick rubber band around the handle.
Wrapping a thick rubber band around the plastic handle of a screwdriver will improve your grip, and it will make tightening and loosening screws an easier task.
Put wax on the screwdriver handle.
Buy a better quality screwdriver.

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What is a simple fix to remove ink stains from your skin?
Tomato juice removes ink stains on skin.
Simply put tomato juice on a cloth and rub the stains from your skin.
Soft drinks remove ink stains from skin.
Oil removes ink stains from skin.

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What bath product may quiet squeaky floorboards?
talcum powder
Squeaky floorboards may be silenced by sprinkling talcum powder between the boards.
baking soda
bath salts

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What is an inexpensive solution for squeaky door hinges?
generic vegetable oil
A bit of generic vegetable oil squirted or dripped on the door hinges will quiet the squeak.
generic mayonnaise
generic vinegar

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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
Generic vegetable cooking spray will also quiet squeaky hinges and is less messy than dripping oil.
commercial lubricant

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How can you get mildew out of wet towels?
You may machine wash the towels with detergent.
A simple machine wash, with regular detergent, will remove the mildew from towels.
You may machine wash the towels with vinegar.
You may machine wash the towels with bleach.

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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.
To remove mildew, wipe stains with a cloth that has been dipped into rubbing alcohol. To check for color fastness, make sure to do a spot test first.
You cannot remove mildew from shoes.

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For deep-set mildew stains, you may try what treatment?
Pour bleach over the item.
Pour vinegar over the item.
For deep-set stains, you may need to pour vinegar over the item.
There is no treatment.

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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.
Before your treated with the alcohol, you did not check for color fastness.

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How can you prevent tools from rusting?
Put some baking soda into the toolbox.
Put some children's sidewalk chalk into the toolbox.
Place some children's sidewalk chalk in the toolbox to absorb moisture.
Put some oil on your tools.

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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.
Make a paste out of salt and lemon juice and polish off the rust. You will need six parts salt and two parts lemon juice to make the paste. After polishing, rinse and dry the tools.

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Candles are used for lighting and also to create a:
mood
Candles are used to set a mood. For all occasions, whether a birthday party or a romantic evening, candles can make the moment even more special.
fun time
waxy mess

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To prevent rust from ruining your tools, where is the best place to store them?
a damp garage
under the kitchen sink
dry closet
To prevent tools from rusting, the best place to store them is a dry location.

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