Every now and then I set about fixing the vast number of almost-working items in my apartment.
I open up my box of lady tools stored in a khaki storage container made of canvas. This home improvement diorama includes some ancient Krazy Glue, used birthday candles, mangled duct tape, feral push pins, a deco doorknob, and nails of varying lengths scattered about like a game of pick-up sticks.
The stash is adequate for simple jobs, but sometimes the repair requires more specialized tools. If you’re the thrifty sort and don’t want to hire a rent-a-dude or spend money on strange tools you’ll likely only use once, the solution may be in your closet or bathroom vanity.
Here are 5 multi-tasking beauty products that not only maintain your appearance by day, they upkeep your home by night.
1. Cuticle cutters. When you need to tighten a small bolt or loosen a nut, retrieve your cuticle cutter. The flat edges of the cutter blade grip like little pliers, and the ergonomic shape of the handle is easy to hold on to.
They work great in small, hard-to-get-at spaces. Not only that, they can also cut small wires. This little hand tool is like a two-fer in the lady tool department.
2. Tweezers. After you’ve finished plucking the stray hairs from your eyebrows, you’re now armed with a small flat-blade screwdriver. You’ll have to pull the tweezers apart slightly to fit an end of the tweezers into the slot of a screw, but once you do, presto-chango! — you’ll finish that screw job in no time.
3. Wedge heels. Got a nail but no hammer to whack it with? No problem. Remove your wedge-heel shoe, left or right, hold the nail in place, and give it a good few hard smacks square in the center of the heel. With such a ginormous surface area to work with, you really can’t miss, and the nail will drive swiftly and smoothly into the wall.
4. Eyebrow brush. So you’re doing your post-shower face routine when you notice that gnarly stain on your porcelain sink. How to remove the stain without scratching the sink’s surface? Luckily for you, those bristles of your eyebrow brush are made of soft nylon that won’t scratch hard surfaces. Apply a little green cleaner made of water and baking soda, and rub in circular motions until the offensive mark disappears. While you might have to toss the brush, a grunge-free bathroom will be worth every penny.
5. Toothpaste. Got cracked and missing grout? Grab a tube of toothpaste — the non-gel kind — and a cotton-tipped swab. Squirt a little toothpaste into the cracks and use the swab to spread the paste evenly. Congratulations, you’ve just grouted your first tile. This is a one-handed operation you can even do while you’re brushing your teeth, you multi-tasker, you!
Got any stand-in tools? How do you use them?