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    23 Problem-Solving Products To Try If You Live In An Old House

    This one's for all of us with tiny bathrooms and damp walls.

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    1. Okay, but how have I managed for so long without this enamel touch-up pen? It'll fix that annoying patch in your bath or sink in seconds!

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    It's the perfect way to fix those nicks and scuffs on all your enamel surfaces, from radiators to hob covers to baths. Simply run the nib along the affected surface, wait for the product to dry, and voila – you're done!

    Price: £6.96.

    2. This low-key genius cloth will get rid of the water stains and cup rings that build up on your furniture over time.

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    It's completely reusable, and it'll get rid of permanent marker stains just as easily as it does water stains and white rings!

    Price: £4.99.

    3. If the lighting in your bedroom, kitchen, or wardrobe is a little underwhelming, this motion sensor-enabled strip light is here to help.

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    Attach the tape-covered strip to whatever surface you like and then mount its battery pack nearby for a long-lasting and subtle result. You can choose between motion sensor and manual modes once it's installed! Customers say the light fits seamlessly under a variety of different objects, from shelves to cupboards and bed frames.

    Price: £6.99 for 1m.

    4. My old flat has an ancient fan extractor that gets visibly greasy really quickly. I swear by this powerful degreaser to get the panels gleaming in minutes!

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    This stuff's called "Elbow Grease" for a reason, because the product inside is powerful enough to remove oil from plastics and metals without any scrubbing on your behalf. Spray the formula onto the affected surface, let it sit for a couple of minutes, wipe it away, and you're done!

    Price: £1.00.

    5. Not only will this clever rubber strip act as a draught excluder, it'll help to sound-proof your home too.

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    This strip has a self-adhesive backing that makes it ridiculously easy to apply – just clean your door, cut the strip to size, peel the tape off the back, and stick it on. Reviewers say it's got an extra-strong hold, and its resilient material won't warp or bend out of place.

    Price: £6.99 for a 1m strip.

    6. Cover up old stains and scratches on your wooden surfaces with these repair markers and crayons! They're as easy to use as they are effective.

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    The pack contains six different colours, and customers say the effects are long-lasting and natural-looking. They're perfect for disguising lil' scrapes and discoloured patches!

    Price: £9.99 for six markers and six crayons.

    7. If your drains are no longer working at their best, this hair-dissolving liquid might just help water flow through them a little better.

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    Pour both parts of its two-component formula down the affected drain one after the other, wait for about an hour, and then simply rinse the blockage away! Customers say it really does live up to its promise (seriously, check out the reviews on this thing).

    Price: £6.00.

    8. And you can keep your plugholes clear between deep cleans with these low-effort drain sticks!

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    These sticks are packed full of enzymes that break down the gunk and grease in your drains as they dissolve, leaving behind a fresh smell and clearer plugholes – all you'll have to do is put 'em in and leave them to work their magic!

    Price: £5.00 for 12.

    9. This powerful carpet stain-removing powder is perfect if your floors have seen better days.

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    Sprinkle some of this stuff over your carpet, wait for about twenty minutes for it to settle in, and then vacuum the powder up along with all the worked-in grime and dirt it's absorbed.

    Price: £8.00.

    10. If the reviews are anything to go by, it looks like this mould remover spray really does live up to its before and after pics.

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    Leave this foaming spray on your affected surfaces for up to 30 minutes and scrub it off to reveal the newly-clean finish.

    Price: £5.00.

    11. Lost the original plug for your bath or sink? This universal drain stopper is pretty much ideal.

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    The silicone outer layer will create a firm stopper that fits a variety of different drains! It won't move around either thanks to the strong suction cup underneath.

    Price: £4.99.

    12. This extra-long iPhone charger is a life-saver if your plugs are just a little too far away from your bed.

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    This iPhone charger cord has a double-braided nylon exterior, making it extra durable. It claims to be able to charge your device up to 20% faster than other cables, and because it's a whopping 2m long, you'll find scrolling in bed while your phone is charging way easier!

    Price: £8.99.

    13. Little cracks and gaps can form in the walls and skirting boards of your home over time, which small critters can enter through. I've used these ant bait stations myself and have been really impressed by the results!

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    The food inside is laced with slow-acting poison, so when worker ants bring it back to the queen ant, it'll remove the source of your six-legged troubles. FYI, because all the worker ants have to stay alive until the poison activates for these to work, you should leave the ants that gather around here alone – they'll disappear completely after a couple of days.

    Price: £3.49 for two.

    14. If you're living in the UK, chances are you're in a hard water area (and that means loads of limescale will build up over time). This genius spray gets rid of unsightly mineral deposits in just five minutes!

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    Spray some of its enzyme-packed formula onto any affected surfaces and a thick foam will come out, which then works its limescale-destroying magic within five minutes at most.

    Price: £3.00.

    15. And you should nab these reusable descaler balls for more or less the same reason – they'll remove the crust from inside your kettle in no time.

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    Drop one of these wire descalers into your kettle, put it on to boil, pour the water out, and remove the mesh ball. By then, the limescale inside your kettle will have collected between its wires, leaving you with scum-free cuppas. You can rinse the mesh balls after use and they'll be good to go again!

    Price: £3.49 for two.

    16. Transform the spaces in between your tiles with this grout-reviving pen.

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    Run it along any discoloured grouting for an instant refresh! The formula is antifungal, so the new coating won't get covered in mildew and mould.

    Price: £3.50.

    17. Old houses often come with lots of hard-to-clean nooks and crannies – thankfully, these precise brushes will help you really ~get into~ them. One of them is double-ended, giving you even more options!

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    The brush heads include a stiff-bristled rectangular shape for cleaning things like grouting, a very thin, pointed brush for super narrow spaces, and a smaller, flat-top brush for cleaning spots like the rim around your taps.

    Price: £5.75 for two.

    18. Old pipes and time can make washing machines scale-filled and rusty. This specially-designed cleaner from Dettol will deodorise AND descale your appliance from the inside out!

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    Its antibacterial formula will clean hard-to-reach dirt from your washing machine drum while also dissolving any limescale that's built up in there. It's really easy to use – just pour some of this stuff into your washing powder drawer and run an empty cycle at 60°C! You can also use it as a regular cleaning fluid on the outside of your washing machine.

    Price: £3.00.

    19. When it comes to concealing boring patches of floor AND decorating your space at the same time, you can't go too far wrong with a stunning rug.

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    This gorgeous rug is made from 100% recycled materials, so you'll feel great buying and using it.

    Price: £9.99 for a 60x90cm rug.

    20. If the inside of your wardrobe always smells a little ~off~, these odour-absorbing bags will nip the issue in the bud.

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    Their carbon centres will absorb excess moisture and odours in the most low-effort way possible – just hang the bags up and leave them to work!

    Price: £9.99 for two.

    21. And if excess moisture is a problem all over your home, it might be time to invest in this ridiculously highly-rated dehumidifier.

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    This silent gadget contains a filter which absorbs the excess moisture from the air, pooling the liquid into an easy-empty tray at its base!

    Price: £7.99.

    22. Anyone who's got a teeny-tiny bathroom will seriously appreciate this space-saving shower organiser.

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    You won't need any tools to install this caddy – just attach it to your wall via the extra-strong suction cups and you're done! The basket has slots in the bottom for easy draining too, so you won't have to worry about sticky puddles building up in its base.

    Price: £5.99.

    23. This stainless steel extender is a great way to make the most out of short and slow-flowing taps.

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    Once it's attached, you can pull it down to use the hose and push it back up again to resume normal tap function. It's made from rust-resistant stainless steel that's incredibly long-lasting!

    Price: £7.99.

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