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Five hacks to simple household emergencies by Nivelle DumlaoPublished: September 4, 2015Updated: September 14, 2015

Found your home suddenly invaded by moths or gamu-gamo? Or perhaps somebody accidentally cracked one of your family’s prized china pieces? Read on to find out how to solve these simple mishaps.

Household mishaps or emergencies are inevitable. They arise when we least expect them, catching us off-guard. But not knowing what to do when a household problem arises is even more stressful. So if you want to be a hero during these troubling times, keep these solutions in mind. They’re simple enough for you to remember, but quite impactful you’ll be hailed a savior in no time.

1. Sudden moth invasion

It happens quite frequently. You were enjoying your favorite primetime show, then all of a sudden you notice a few gamu-gamo or moths flying around the TV screen. To your horror, when you glanced at your light bulb you see it’s swarmed by moths.

Moths are attracted to light, so it’s better to turn off all the lights inside your home and just leave the ones outdoor open. This way, moths will not be attracted to move inside your home.

If turning off the lights is not an option, there’s an instant way to get rid of them. Get a bowl of water and place it directly under the light bulb (make sure there’s about 6 to 10 inches of space between the water and the bulb). The light’s reflection on the water will act as bait that will trap the moths on the water.

2. Cracked china pieces

If your china pieces have a crack or gap, maybe as thin as a hairline, then grab your carton of milk. Place the china in a pot and pour enough milk just so the crack is completely submerged. Heat for about an hour, then allow the pot to cool before rinsing the china with cold water. The crack will become invisible, thanks to the milk’s protein called casein, which can function as a natural binder or plastic when heated.

3. Clogged bathroom drain

When you suddenly found yourself standing in a pool of stagnant water while taking a shower,  take a closer look at your bathroom’s drainage lid. It could be clogged with soap scums, hair strands, and other gunk that block the path of water. If the drain remains clogged after carefully scraping off or pulling out the gunk, then the lid will have to be unscrewed to further check and clean the drainage.

Using an old hanger or wire, create a sturdy hook that will be able to fish out all the hair strands and gunk trapped inside. Then carefully pour boiling water down the drain to make sure to remove excess blockage. If you want to be extremely sure you’ve gotten rid of the blockage, mix one-fourth cup of baking soda and one cup of white vinegar. Pour the mixture into the drain and let it sit for 20 minutes. Pour another round of boiling water, which will react with the mixture. This will unclog the drain successfully.

4. Minor cord or wire damage

As long as the damage is not exposing the electrical wire and the inner insulation remains intact, an electrical tape may be used as a temporary solution until you replace the entire cord. However, take into consideration its shelf life (5 years the most) as its reliability and durability depend upon it.

When using an electrical tape, make sure to stretch it while it’s being wrapped around the cord. It provides better insulation and can conform to the wire or cord’s shape when wrapped very tightly.

5. Wet documents, books, or files

If your files, documents, records or books got wet due to flood, leaky ceiling, or a spill, make sure to let them dry in a room where humidity is kept low. Use fans only to keep the air moving inside the area and not to point directly at the wet or damp files. Single leaves may be placed on flat surfaces with clean paper towels protecting them. For affected books or bound paper, interleaving every 16 pages with the use of clean blotter or absorbent papers should suffice. Just take note of the moisture trapped in the books’ stem as they can turn into molds if not taken care of as soon as possible.

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