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    40 Tips & Tricks That Will Make Your House Look Brand-New

    Whether you're looking to give your home a fresh decor upgrade or clean your house so it looks as good as it did when you moved in, we've got you covered.

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    1. Deep clean your stainless-steel sink just like you would your dishes. All it needs is a quick dusting of flour and a microfiber cloth — that'll scrub away all of that food and gunk regular cleaners can leave behind.

    hand scrubbing out stainless steel sink with flour
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    You'll be shocked at how shiny your sink is after doing this! On The Kitchn, they do this about once a month. 

    Get a pack of 24 microfiber cleaning cloths from Amazon for $13.95.

    2. Upgrading your bathroom doesn't require hiring a contractor — even a small change like installing a waterfall faucet will make your bathroom feel like a fancy resort!

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    If you need help changing out your bathroom faucet, follow this handy step-by-step guide!

    Promising review: "Completely beautiful and modern. It was very easy to install; I do so in a matter of minutes. This was a really nice upgrade to my bathroom." —ca mom

    Get it from Amazon for $36.99+ (available in five finishes).

    3. Similarly, putting on a set of mid-century or modern furniture leg replacements on your couch or dresser will make them look brand-new for a fraction of the cost of buying entirely new furniture.

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    Promising review: "These legs were the perfect addition to our newly reupholstered 55 year old mid-century modern couches. Sturdy and beautifully finished in a gold/brass color, with nice mounting plates. After replacing the half-century old wooden spindle legs, the couches no longer wiggle when you sit down and are ready for another 55 years." —P L Priestley

    Get them from Amazon: the gold mid-century legs for $23.99+ (available in two colors and four sizes) and the modern metal legs for $16.99+ (available in three colors and two sizes).

    4. Have a major spill on your carpet you're convinced will be there forever? Don't panic — instead, spray this magical carpet cleaner and be amazed at how quickly the stains lift. It's a much better solution than placing a piece of furniture over the stain and forgetting about it!

    reviewer's stairs with red food stains completely removed from a carpet and walls
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    Don't worry — that's just ketchup in the photo!

    Promising review: "It’s a miracle in a bottle. My German shepherd mix decided to pull a black fountain pen out of my purse and chew it to pieces on my beige carpet while I was sleeping — this cleaner lifted the stain and now it’s like the devastation my dog caused never happened! As soon as I saw it lifting the ink, I got back on Amazon and bought more bottles. I will never let myself run out of this. I use it in my Bissell carpet cleaner for some crazy good cleaning power. I’ve become that weird lady who goes around singing the praises of a cleaning product. No regrets." —L. Logan

    Get it from Amazon for $12.37.

    5. Makeover your bathroom or kitchen with some peel-and-stick floor tiles. Not only will it add a heightened level of decor, it can also cover up any scratches, cracks, or imperfections on the tiles.

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    Promising review: "For under $100 and I redid my entire bathroom! We moved into our home two years ago and our small main floor bathroom had hideous orange mosaic tiles. We want to eventually gut and rehab our bathroom but wanted to give it a cheap facelift. Floorpops made that possible and a very inexpensive option! We used caulk to seal some of the tiny gaps and caulked around the tub and underneath the baseboards for a good seal. The tiles are not moving at all and have adhered okay." —Agnieska

    Get it from Amazon for $17.04.

    6. And if you want to modernize your kitchen, try out some peel-and-stick subway tile backsplash. Your kitchen will look more streamlined, and people will think you hired a professional to do it.

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    Promising review: "This peel-and-stick tile backsplash has completely changed the look of our kitchen. It was relatively easy to install and it was our first time using any peel and stick product. One thing we did learn is once it's on the wall...it's not coming off easily. I would highly recommend using the glass cleaner method — this will allow more time to fix your placement if you don't have it just right. Overall, this product is totally worth the price and little time it takes to apply. P.S. It's a great quarantine project if you're looking for one! :)" —Nikki Moody

    Get a 10-pack of 12x12 panels from Amazon for $33.99+ (available in six colors).

    7. Blast away all that stuck-on grime in your shower with this mold and mildew remover spray so powerful, it could lift the filth from an old abandoned house. Or that one suspiciously stained corner of your shower.

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    Promising review: "I bought this RMR spray with low expectations, even with the good reviews. I sprayed a small patch in the evening and let it sit overnight. The next morning, the grout where I had sprayed was as white as if it were brand new. I decided to spray the entire wall and part of the ceiling. The next day everything I sprayed had no visible mold. By the third night, I was pretty much spraying everything left in the shower. This stuff is amazing." —John Werner

    Get a 32-oz bottle on Amazon for $16.99 (available in multiple quantities).

    8. And to go the extra mile, scrub the tile grout and shower door track with Rubbermaid's power scrubbing brush. This oddly entertaining motorized tool will take the pain and suffering out of using just elbow grease.

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    Promising review: "Last night I was reborn. What is the cause of this renewed zest for life, you might ask? It was the use of the Rubbermaid Reveal Power Scrubber on my shower grout. It elevated a simple baking soda-and-water solution to alchemical proportions. My pink-tiled shower, the one that came with my scummy apartment, the one that never looks clean no matter how many hours of backbreaking labor I put in, now looks bright, clean, and full of promise. An otherwise disgusting and dated purely utilitarian part of my home is now art. TL;DR: This is absolutely incredible." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    Check out our full Rubbermaid Power Scrubber review.

    9. Switch out your boring switch plate covers with these copper and brass or satin nickel ones. It's a simple way to make something you touch and look at every day look so much more chic.

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    Promising review: "So happy I found this! I replaced a solid brass wall plate which constantly had to be wiped down and re-shined from fingerprints. I live in a home that was built in the '90s so it has gold accents EVERYWHERE. This has enough of the brass in it to match with everything without being too much. It came with the hardware and was easy to install." —MB!

    Promising review: "I installed these in an older bathroom (much of the 1950's decor remains) and they add a nice, classy vintage touch. The metal is not highly reflective and is closer to a brushed look, which is great for disguising fingerprints. When the light switch is frequently the first thing someone looks at and reaches for in a room, having a quality cover like this gets noticed and enhances a room very easily. I can't believe I'm still writing about how much I enjoy a light switch cover." —Tom Generic Dude

    Get a pack of three copper and brass covers from Amazon for $12.47+ (available in four sizes and six styles), and the satin nickel covers for $14.67+ (available in four sizes and six styles).

    10. Have some empty wall space in your kitchen? Install a floating wooden shelf so you now have an aesthetically pleasing place to show off all your favorite dishware.

    the wooden shelves hanging in a kitchen and holding things like dishes, cups, and decorative pieces
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    Iirntree is a small business that sells beautiful wooden furniture from shelves, to benches, to garden decor, to wall art decor — time to HGTV-ify your living space.

    Promising review: "Beautiful shelf at a great price and it was securely packaged for shipping. It even came earlier than I had anticipated!" —Kandi

    Get it from Iirntree on Etsy for $38.62+ (available in various sizes and wood stain finishes).

    11. Fill in any nicks or dents in your wooden furniture with these furniture touch-up sticks. It'll restore your headboard, dressers, and cabinets to the condition they were in when you bought them.

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    Includes six repair markets, six paper-wrapped wax sticks, and one wax stick sharpener packaged in a blister card. Plus, it comes with six different colors — maple, oak, cherry, walnut, mahogany, and black. To use, just draw over a scratch/scuff/discoloration on your wooden furniture, allow it to dry quickly, and bam! It's magic.

    Promising review: "Better than expected. Blends perfectly and leaves a beautiful sheen. Used them on different shades of wood cherry, oak, and mahogany. I blended several shades of markers on each piece. Blended easily and matched perfectly to the different shades of woods. Used on claw foot dining table, chippendale chair legs, Grandfather clock, china cabinet. All look sensational. Covered sweeper scuffs well. They look new now, not touched up. These stain quickly, so wear disposable gloves and cover floors where you are working. Excellent results." —PhoebeS

    Get a pack of 13 from Amazon for $9.99.

    12. Use a roll of faux-marble contact paper to give your sad, old-looking counters a much-needed facelift. You can also use this to transform simple pieces of furniture into more interesting pieces.

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    Promising review: "So Pinteresting! I used this adhesive film to turn two cheap Ikea tables into less-cheap-looking Ikea tables because I'm not made of money but I would like others to believe I am. Super simple to use and a ton of it for the price I was really pleased overall. The pattern actually looks like marble not a weird pixel-y repetitive pattern so that's great as well. Also it was delivered same day which was miraculous as my DIY inspiration tends to fade approximately 48 hours after I discover a project I want to do." —Spencer House

    Get a 17" x 78" roll from Amazon for $12.01.

    13. Make your glass stovetop shine in under five minutes. All you have to do is drizzle on some Dawn and hydrogen peroxide, sprinkle with baking soda, and scrub in circles with a dish brush.

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    Then wipe clean, and enjoy your stove! From My Thirty Spot.

    Get a dish brush on Amazon for $5.99+ (available in three colors).

    14. Recently noticed some chipping paint? Fill up this touch-up paint pen with the paint color of your choice and apply the color right where you see any imperfections.

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    Promising review: "Love this — absolutely perfect for touchin' up little spots that need touchin' up. I have several sets filled with different paints and so far they've stayed usable, without the paint drying out. I rinse the brush really well after each use (latex paints) and recap it. It would be nice if the manufacturer put an area on the pen where you could easily label the paint info, but I use a permanent marker, and it works okay." —Hooked on Amazon!

    Get a pack of five from Amazon for $21.99.

    15. And if you mess up while hanging photos and end up with lots of holes in the wall, cover them up with this drywall repair putty that you apply in a small circular motion — no spackling or sanding down necessary.

    A series of photos showing how to apply the drywall repair putty
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    Promising review: "Does exactly what it says. Rather than getting spackle, waiting for it to dry, sanding it down, and tweaking as needed — this cuts the time/effort down! Just rub over the place in need of patching and wipe off the excess. The hardest part is not accidentally getting the product on parts of the wall that don’t need it, but that’s easy to clean up, so it’s not a problem. I used this to patch holes in the wall from a former Wi-Fi router and modem, other than the color difference from the patch to the paint, you’d never know it was patched. Great price, easy to use." —Amanda

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95.

    16. Does your microwave look more like a Jackson Pollock painting than a kitchen appliance? Squeeze some lemon in a bowl of water, microwave it for six minutes, and just wipe away all the grime with a paper cloth.

    graphic of someone cleaning the microwave with the mentioned hack
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    Get a set of microwave-safe bowls from Amazon for $9.99Watch the full video here.

    17. Blast all the dirt, algae, and built-up sediment off your deck with a good old-fashioned water pressure cleaner. You'll find it so satisfying to see the wood literally change color before your eyes.

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    Promising review: "I love you little electric pressure washer! Oh let me count the ways...I honestly can't say enough good things about this little guy. Our deck was in serious need of a wash. I really liked the idea of a small electric pressure washer mainly for the ease of maneuverability but was unsure if it really had the power to get the job done. Oh man, let me tell you this thing is fantastic! Once I got started I couldn't stop. I was washing everything in sight. Deck, fire pit, stepping stones, planters, outside rug...I was unstoppable! I was a filthy mess from the thighs down because of all the muck flying everywhere but I didn't care, I was happy." —Larry Crouch

    Get it from Amazon for $139.99+ (available in three colors).

    18. If you have pieces of burnt, spilled food in your oven, a combination of dish soap, baking soda, and water is all you need to make it disappear.

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    Of course, you'll need to scrub and use some elbow grease, but the soap will really cut through all the burnt-on pieces. From Ask Anna Moseley and BuzzFeed Nifty.

    19. Or for an even easier way to clean your oven, place a shallow cookie sheet on the bottom rack of your oven (or a reusable liner) to catch any spills.

    pie in oven; beneath, the mat on a rack, catching the sugary drips from the edges of the pie
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    When the oven has cooled off, all you have to do is take out the cookie sheet or liner and wash it in the sink or dishwasher! Make sure you don't put the liner or the cookie sheet on the very bottom of your oven (it's really hot down there!) Instead, place it on the lowest rack. 

    Get a pack of three of these oven liners on Amazon for $12.99.

    20. Get rid of hard water rings, calcium buildup, iron, and rust with this pumice stone toilet bowl scrubber. You might cry tears of relief when you see those stubborn stains finally disappear.

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    Promising review: "I have very hard water that leaves hard water buildup and nasty stains. It’s embarrassing to have guests over because the toilets are so gross! I have tried so many products and cleaning solution — from natural essential oils to harsh chemicals so strong I was light headed for the rest of the day. Well I tried out this pumice stone after reading about it in a BuzzFeed article, and honestly the hype is real! It does take some elbow grease, but the after picture is from only 20 minutes of scrubbing, light enough that I didn’t break a sweat! The stone does get used up, but I think this one should last me a couple years at least. So if you have embarrassing toilets, try this!" —Stephanie Ray

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    21. While you're cleaning your toilet, make sure to get underneath the rim and scrub the water jets to eliminate any hard water buildup.

    hand using scrub brush under rim of toilet
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    If your regular toilet brush won't scrub well enough, get a dish brush that you use for just that purpose. From Lil Luna.

    Get a pack of two dish brushes from Amazon for $8.99.

    22. Soak your showerhead in a plastic bag filled with vinegar and a sprinkle of baking soda for a couple of hours, and then proceed to be shocked at how much mildew, rust, and buildup dissolves away.

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    Make sure you bunch up the bottle at the back of the showerhead with a rubber band or ponytail holder. Check out my colleague's full review of this hack here.

    23. Blast away set-in rust stains in your kitchen sink, burnt-on food in your oven, and dark scuffs on your wall with a jar of the TikTok-famous Pink Stuff. It's harder to find something this miracle cleaning paste can't do!

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    Promising review: "This stuff is a do-it-all cleaner!!! I use it all over my home from the kitchen to the bath to the laundry room and it removed alllll the stains!!! Brought my chrome faucet's shine back and made my oven cleaning so much easier and took the dullness out of my sinks! Get this one for an all-around all-purpose cleaner!! 👏🏾👏🏾 As instructed rub gently as it is abrasive. And no harsh smells." —Tierra

    Get it from Amazon for $7.78.

    24. Instead of throwing out your old couch, try out some thick velvet slip covers with nonslip straps so the covers actually stay in place. There are separate covers for each cushion, which will make it look like you completely reupholstered your couch.

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    It's okay — your secret's safe with us.

    Promising review: "I have never been so excited about a slipcover. Total transformation of our couch and loveseat. I was worried about it not working on our leather couch, but it stays on really well due to the straps and the separate cushion covers. LOVE." —Brian/Liz

    Get it from Amazon for $41.49+ (available in two sizes and 10 colors).

    25. Or, tuck a blanket around your sofa cushions to breathe new life into your lumpy, stained sofa that has been passed down to you from the previous renters.

    blue blanket tucked into a sofa
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    Think smarter, not harder! See it here via Jungalow.

    26. Another way to get your couch looking good as new is to invest in a fabric defuzzer. Just run it over the part of the furniture that's covered in fuzzies and all those loose strings and pills will just disappear!

    On the left, the arm of a couch with fabric pilling on it, and on the right, the same arm of the couch but the defuzzer got rid of the pilling
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    Promising review: "Okay, I don’t normally rave about things like this. I bought this on a whim in a last attempt to save my favorite duvet cover. The pills had gotten to the point where it was seriously uncomfortable to sleep with them getting all up in my leg space. I thought I was going to have to get a new duvet cover entirely. Along came this lil' baby. Not only is my duvet cover basically brand new, but I have found a new hobby. I’m depilling everything. Sweatshirts, leggings, blankets, socks, anything that looks like it needs some love. It does the job quickly and leaves everything looking fresh. Hi, I’m obsessed. I can’t stop. I should send this back. I’ve started asking if my neighbors need anything depilled. I’m going to buy one of these for everyone in my life. Everyone needs to own this. Take it away from me." —Sydney Jensen

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in six colors).

    Check out our full review of the Conair fabric defuzzer here!

    27. Make those pesky stains in your white bathtub disappear with a classic powder cleaner.

    before and after of a tub that's been cleaned with barkeeper's friend soft cleanser
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    Barkeeper's Friend makes the best power cleaner IMO! My colleague Kayla used it to clean her bathtub and here's what she had to say about it : "I rinsed the bathtub with some water and then threw powder everywhere like it was New Year's Eve in 1999. Again — taking zero chances here. I immediately started scrubbing with a brush and the grossness started to disappear. Listen, I know Vegas magic shows are great and all, but it's not until you scrub 100-year-old stains out of a tub that you understand what true ~magic~ is."

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $8.99.

    Read our full review of the Barkeeper's Friend powder cleaner here.

    28. Or for something more natural, try out this cleaning paste formulated to deep clean any sealed surface and remove any caked-on gunk from your shower. Just apply a tablespoon amount on a cloth and start scrubbing!

    Humble Suds on Etsy

    Humble Suds is a Denver, Colorado-based small business that makes natural, safe, effective, plant-based cleaning products.

    Promising review: "I’m truly impressed! I used on white grout (gulp) and it worked beautifully! The fact that it’s all-natural is quite the bonus. Thanks!" —Gail Pritchard

    Get it from Humble Suds on Etsy for $14.95+ (available in two sizes).

    29. Get rid of those water rings on your coffee table by using mayonnaise + a paper towel + a hair dryer.

    Ashley McGetrick / Nifty / BuzzFeed

    All you have to do is spread a spoonful of mayo on half a paper towel, and then fold the clean side of the paper towel over so the mayo's between the two layers of paper towels. Press the towel down over the stain, and then heat it up with a hair dryer at a medium setting for a minute. Make sure to move the hair dryer around the stain constantly!

    30. Got any of those aggravating adhesive residue marks in your house? Use a bottle of Goo Gone to get rid of those stubborn glue stains or old sticker marks with ease.

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    Promising review: "I would give a 10-star rating if there was one. Works like a charm. All of the annoying sticker marks in my house are gone!!!! The old home security stickers on the windows and doors, the price sticker marks on my beautiful pink hairbrush, the old hook sticker mark in our bathroom from the old homeowner, you name it. They've all been there like forever and I seriously tried all means that I could, steam cleaner, electric scrubber, nothing worked until I got this magic Goo Gone. Now they are all gone and it didn't even take any hard work to get rid of all the goos!!!!" —Yingnan

    Get it from Amazon for $7.48.

    31. Make your windows and faucets shine like they're brand spanking new with just water + vinegar + vodka.

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    Mix equal parts alcohol, water, and vinegar in a spray bottle, then use that as a spot- and streak-free cleaner on glass and other shiny surfaces.

    Read more: I Tested 9 Popular Pinterest Cleaning Hacks And Here's What Actually Worked

    32. Install interlocking Teak tiles in your patio, balcony, or backyard to make your little slice of the outdoors look like a fancy courtyard. Don't have any outdoor space? You can put them at the bottom of your shower — instant spa status!

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    Promising review: "Living in Hawaii, you have to select wise items that are weather-, salt-, and red dirt-proof, etc. In total I ordered 11 boxes to complete my yoga deck. I have a few left over to make steps on the back. Very pleased and happy. May order more for an outdoor shower project!" —Adazzle

    Get 10 sq. feet from Amazon for $77.99.

    33. Add magnetic garage handles and faux windows to up the curb appeal of your house without having to spend oodles of money on new carriage-style doors.

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    Promising review (for the hinges): "I’ve been wanting to upgrade our garage door for a long time and now I have no idea why I waited! The magnets are super strong. Purchased two sets but only used one set of 'handles,' I wasn’t a fan of how close I had to place each set next to each other with the narrow spacing on the door itself. Paired with the magnetic 'windows,' it looks like a brand-new door!" —MrsPirate

    Get the garage handles from Amazon for $17 and the faux windows for $18.99.

    34. If you notice your ceiling fan is looking a bit old and dusty, wipe down the blades with an old pillowcase — all the dust stays inside!

    hands putting fan blade inside of pillowcase
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    When you're done, just dump out the dust outside or in the trash, and then run it through the washer and dryer. Genius! From Homemaker Chic.

    35. Apply some peel-and-stick wallpaper to create a bold statement wall in your living room or bedroom without having to paint. It'll instantly give your space a whole new look!

    A living room with one wall covered in the constellation-print wallpaper in Frost
    Amazon

    Check out our comprehensive guide to buying wallpaper online.

    Promising review: "Love, love, love this wallpaper!!! It is beautiful and unique, refined and elegant, and heavy-duty quality. I found it super easy to install, though I opted to use it for a room border versus full wall coverage. I also found it very forgiving, allowing me to pull it back off and adjust areas without leaving permanent dents in the design. It gave my son’s bedroom a whole new look and I have gotten lots of compliments on this wallpaper!" —MB

    Get it from Amazon for $28.79+ (available in three colors).

    36. And before you start the wallpapering process, make sure you read up on how to properly measure and apply it so you don't end up with lots of air bubbles or uneven lines.

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    Learn more wallpaper tips on this video on the Nifty Youtube channel.

    Get a set of two utility knives from Amazon for $13.98.

    37. Keep your floors scratch-free with these furniture socks. Now you can scoot your chair around all you want without worrying you'll destroy those precious hardwood floors!

    two chairs and a dining table with furniture socks on them to protect the hardwood floor
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    Promising review: "These 'socks' are finally what I’ve been looking for to protect our hardwood floors. Our chairs have decorative legs with acorn-shaped feet, and these things stay on! We tried stick-on pads — that would fall off almost immediately, as well as cork bottom cups that always fell off. I think we tried five different kinds altogether, and nothing. Until this. I’m ordering more for the rest of the chairs." —Todd Oxenford

    Get a 24-pack from Amazon for $16.99 (available in six colors).

    38. Or use these packs of furniture pads that come in many different sizes so you can get a perfect fit on whatever piece of furniture you are placing the pads on.

    The pack of furniture pads
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    The 133-piece set comes with 106 brown and 27 beige pieces.

    Promising review: "Great set of different sizes of protectors. Very handy and the two tones make it easier to match with different colored furniture. I have used them on the headboard of beds to keep from damaging the paint on the walls, light coffee tables that often scoot along the floor that leave marks and of course stool seats that have scraped our new flooring. So far the stick has been good and no more markings on the wall or floor." —DobieMom

    Get it from Amazon for $8.41.

    39. Have these cleaning erasers on hand for the times you catch your kid creating a masterpiece with crayons (or worse, markers!) on your wall and need to get it all off ASAP. Here's to hoping next time they'll stick to their coloring books...

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    Promising review: "These babies have transformed and reformed my slobby life. My dog sitter thought I got a new sink and fridge. I have never had more fun cleaning in my life — wait, I have never had any fun cleaning. But these magical creatures make it so freaking satisfying. No toxic stuff. No fumes. Just heavenly cleanliness." —Jimmy Jim Ereeno

    Get a pack of 20 from Amazon for $10.95.

    40. Or you can spray some hairspray on permanent marker scribbles to dissolve the stain so you can easily wipe it away.

    Caroline Miller / Nifty / BuzzFeed

    How it's done: Spray the hairspray on the mark, then wipe clean with a paper towel, using more hairspray as necessary. This works best with non-porous surfaces!

    From: Get Permanent Marker Out Of Just About Anything With These Hacks

    You proudly showing off your good-as-new house after you've done some of these: redecorating and cleaning hacks

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