DIY projects can feel like the very last thing you want to tackle at the end of a long week.  Is there a home maintenance project that’s been lingering on your to-do list for too long because if feels like a big production to get it done?  Maybe you’re dreading the trip to the hardware or craft store?

Good news.  There are some projects you can tackle with items that are almost certainly already in your home.

1. Vinegar:  We live with some hard water deposits here in Central Texas.  That hard water can lead to clogged showerheads… where you feel like you’re running in circles just to get enough water on your head to rinse out your shampoo.  You can soak items in vinegar to remove mineral deposits.  Just pour some vinegar into a Ziploc bag and use a rubber band (or even some tape) to submerge your showerhead in the vinegar inside the bag while you sleep at night.  Another use for vinegar:  you can boil vinegar in your microwave to remove odors and make it easier to clean.

2. Cola: A can of Coke or Pepsi can be used to clean many surfaces, including your glass windows, porcelain toilet, or chrome fixtures. Just do some research before using it on metal surfaces, as it can be corrosive. 

3. Baking soda: This item may be more useful for applications other than baking. A baking soda-vinegar paste is great for cleaning bathrooms and kitchens. Baking soda can also be used to absorb odors; open a box and leave it in the back of your fridge to get rid of last week’s lingering take-out food smell.

4. Butter knife: Screwdrivers are easy to misplace. If you can’t find a screwdriver when you need one, a butter knife—preferably an older one that you no longer need for table setting—is pretty effective for both Phillips- and flat-head screws.  So go ahead and tighten up those doorknobs that are sagging a little.

5. Toothpaste: Is there an unsightly scratch on your car or bike? The grit in tarter-control toothpastes makes for an effective scratch remover. Clean the scratch, apply some toothpaste, let it sit for a few minutes, and then buff it out with paper towel. Make sure you only use the white stuff!

Now that you’ve tackled one or two of those nagging DIY’s, you can feel like a champ!