Busy moms excel at finding creative solutions to common problems – like using a can opener to cut open hard plastic packaging, or pouring vinegar down the drain to rid a garbage disposal of odors. But did you know that one of the simplest items in any toolbox has plenty of applications around the home?
Read on to learn how you can put sandpaper to work in your home.
A fine point
You’ve just prepared a stunning filet mignon, only to find your steak knives are too dull to cut butter, let alone meat. Grab a piece of sandpaper and a wooden block or brick, and you’ve got an instant knife sharpener.
If you don’t have a block handy, you can use a flat sheet of sandpaper, moving the knife across the surface as if you’re applying mayonnaise to a piece of bread. Remember to clean the knife before and after sanding.
When you repaint a room, you want the end result to be better than what you started with. But if walls aren’t properly prepared, even the best paint may not help.
Before you head to the hardware store to pick up paint and primer, prep your walls by spackling nail holes or gouges. Then use fine grit sandpaper to sand the entire surface of the walls. Wipe down walls with a damp, lint-free cloth to remove sanding dust before you apply primer and paint. And then stand back and admire your professional-looking paint job!
Remove the ring
Cleaning the toilet is one of those chores that everyone hates – especially when you scour the bowl and it still looks less than radiant. But according to Linda “Queen of Clean” Cobb, sandpaper can take care of those stubborn mineral deposits.
Cobb recommends turning off the water at the toilet tank, and flushing to lower the water line. Use a mild scouring powder and fine grit drywall sandpaper to remove the mineral deposit line.
Keep kids busy
Looking for a way to keep restless kids busy on a rainy day? You can use sandpaper to create a fun craft project – and the best part is, it doesn’t make a mess!
You’ll need some strips of colored yarn, glue, a sheet of coarse sandpaper and a piece of cardboard to provide stability for the sandpaper. Glue the sandpaper to the cardboard and let it dry. Then let kids “draw” with the yarn, placing it on the sandpaper to create a picture. The sandpaper will keep the yarn in place until they peel it off or flip their creation over and let the yarn fall.
It’s hard to believe that a simple sheet of sandpaper could have so many practical applications around the home – and these are just a few of the ways it’s useful. Make sure you’ve got a few sheets of sandpaper in your toolbox or workshop, so it’s available when you need it.
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