21 Genius Hacks for Fixing Ruined Clothes

You have a red wine stain on your shirt. Now what?

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1. 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. 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 with lemon juice or baking soda. 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).

 

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. 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. 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.

 

14. Pour a little bit of baking soda in your sneakers after a workout to soak up the sweat and eliminate odor.

 

15. Make patent leather shoes shiny again with a little bit of glass cleaner.

 

16. Fix underwire that's poking out of your bra with a patch of adhesive moleskin.

 

17. Remove red wine stains with white wine. Soak the spot in white wine for a few minutes to pretreat the stain before washing.

 

18. 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.

 

19. Tug a pulled thread back into place by pulling the fabric around it. Alternate tugging the fabric on the sides of the thread, and the fabric above and below the thread.

 

20. Stop a run in your tights with clear nail polish.

 

21. Fix a stuck zipper with a cotton swab and petroleum jelly.

 

Related:

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6 Beauty Hacks, All Done With a Spoon

Beauty Fails and Fixes: Summer Edition

 

Photo Credit: Kathleen Kamphausen

 

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