① Stop your sweaters from shedding
Stop your sweaters from shedding by sticking them in the freezer overnight. If you have a cashmere or wool sweater that won’t stop shedding, toss it in the freezer before each wear.
② Put your jeans in the freezer to kill odors
Washing your jeans too much fades the color, so if your fave pair isn’t dirty but has been worn a bunch, Toss your jeans in a plastic bag and stick them in the freezer at night to remove bad odors. The freezer will kill most of the odor-causing bacteria, and you don’t have to worry about the dye in your denim fading from overzealous washing.
③ Erase unsightly armpit stains
Scrub out the stains with a mixture of lemon juice and water. For tough armpit stains, try rubbing a paste of baking soda and water on the stain, letting it sit for a few minutes, and then rinsing it off before throwing it in the wash.
④ Remove deodorant marks with the foam cover of a dry clean hanger.
Rubbing the spot with a pair of light-wash jeans works well too (the dye from dark jeans might transfer onto the fabric). Or you can use baby wipes to remove deodorant marks.
⑤ Spray a small amount of vodka on your clothes to eliminate strong odors.
If you don’t have time to wash a shirt before wearing it again but it has a strong, lingering smell, just spray on some vodka and let it dry. The alcohol will kill odor-causing bacteria.
⑥ Fix foundation stains with a little bit of shaving cream.
If you take off your shirt and accidentally smudge your makeup on the collar, just wipe a dollop of shaving cream on the spot to pretreat it before tossing it in the wash.
⑦ Use hairspray to remove a lipstick stain.
Spray the fabric (make sure it’s not dry-clean only) with hairspray, and let it sit for a few minutes. Dab the stain, and then toss it in the washer.
⑧ Tighten your sunglasses with a dab of clear nail polish.
If the arm of your sunglasses is a bit loose and you don’t have a tiny screwdriver handy, paint a small bit of polish over the hinge to temporarily tighten it.
⑨ Fix a loose button thread
Paint clear nail polish over a loose button thread to temporarily stop it from unraveling. No need to learn how to sew on a button just yet.
⑩ Clean stubborn dirt off suede shoes with a nail file. Just buff it right out.
⑪ Scrub off water stains on leather boots with a soft toothbrush and vinegar.
If your boots are ruined from water, snow, salt, or all of the above, dip a soft-bristled toothbrush in white vinegar and gently rub to remove the stain.
⑫ Fix a scuff on a patent leather shoe with a cotton swab and some petroleum jelly.
⑬ Pour a little bit of baking soda in your sneakers after a workout to soak up the sweat and eliminate odor.
⑭ Make patent leather shoes shiny again with a little bit of glass cleaner.
⑮ Fix underwire that’s poking out of your bra with a patch of adhesive moleskin.
⑯ Remove red wine stains with white wine.
Soak the spot in white wine for a few minutes to pretreat the stain before washing.
⑰ Use Dawn Dishwashing Liquid to lift oil stains from delicate clothing.
The dish soap will remove oil or grease and is also gentle enough to use on clothes.
⑱ Stop a run in your tights with clear nail polish.
⑲ Fix a stuck zipper with a cotton swab and petroleum jelly.
⑳ Mend dull or scratched leather shoes with moisturizer.
If you don’t have shoe polish (Who does?), grab a towel and rub your shoes with a bit of lotion to bring them back to life.
Images Credit: Kathleen Kamphausen