10 Useful Ways To Give New Life To Your Shoes And Clothes

Sometimes, a small blemish can totally spoil the look of your clothes. Yet it doesn’t feel right to throw away those things that are otherwise fine.

We offers valuable tips that’ll help you sort out this dilemma!

Sweat stains

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To get rid of stains and the exasperating sweaty smell around your clothes’ armpit areas, soak the stains with warm or cold water. Use a separate container to make a 1 part water, 3 parts baking soda solution. Keep stirring the solution until it reaches a paste-like consistency.

  • Apply a thick layer of paste over the entire stain area. Use a tooth or nail brush to throughly rub the paste into the fabric. Leave the paste on the clothes for an hour. If the stains are really tough to get rid of, leave it on overnight.
  • Wash the clothes in warm water (use the maximum temperature allowed for this type of fabric). Some stains might prove difficult to remove at first try — repeat the procedure if needed.

Foundation stains

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Foundation stains aren’t easy to get rid of, but here are two of the most effective methods:

  • Shaving cream
  • Simply smear shaving cream on the stain and put the clothes in the washing machine.
  • Dishwashing liquid

Prepare a warm water and dishwashing liquid solution. Soak a piece of cloth in the solution, squeeze it out slightly, and wipe the stained area.

Stuck zipper

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The best two ways of solving this problem are:

Lubricate the zipper with graphite

  • To do this, you’ll need to cover the zipper’s teeth with graphite powder, or simply rub them with a graphite pencil tip. You can either use the pencil along the whole length of the zipper or just concentrate on the area where it is stuck. After that, start pulling the slider up and down until it moves freely once again.

If graphite doesn’t help, try using soap

  • Pour some detergent into a small container. Fill another small container with water. Dip a cotton ball first in detergent, and then in water. Make sure that the ball is thoroughly soaked in the resulting water/detergent solution and swipe it over the zipper’s teeth. Next, try to carefully move the slider a few inches down. When the slider refuses to move any further, pull it back up again. Keep repeating this process until the slider starts to move freely.

Fuzz balls

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There are many ways to remove fuzz balls:

Single blade razor

  • You may use either a disposable or a multi-use razor. Pick the razor carefully by one end. Start gently swiping the blade in the direction of the weave. Use light movements. The blade should be cutting at the fuzz at a slight angle, going «against the grain». Make sure to keep the fabric tight and be careful not to let the blade cut too deep.

Adhesive tape

  • Peel off a length of tape and secure the loose end with your fingers. Keep the fabric tight as you use the tape to remove the fuzz balls.

Velcro stripe

  • Take a hooked velcro stripe and press it against the fabric (the hooks must be facing towards the fuzz), then pull the stripe upwards. Use this method sparingly, since velcro hooks can cause damage to some delicate fabrics.

Plastic comb

  • As with all the previous methods, make sure to flatten the garment on the table and keep the fabric tight. Proceed to comb the fabric in the direction of the weave. Keep going until you get rid of all the fuzz balls.

Electric razor

  • You can use either a specially designed fabric shaver or an ordinary electric razor. Swipe it carefully over the fabric surface in the direction of the weave. Try not to press the shaver too hard against the fabric.

Deodorant stains

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Swipe the stained area with a used fabric softener tissue. This should eliminate the problem in no time.

  • If the stains persist, try another effective remedy — a stain remover. Rub it on the whole area of the stain, starting at the top and moving downwards. Add some water if you’re dealing with a really die-hard stain.
  • If the deodorant stain problem becomes constant, you should consider switching to a transparent deodorant. Such deodorants don’t leave a trace on clothing.

Lipstick smudges

There are several ways of removing lipstick stains:

  • Dishwashing liquid
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    Check the clothing’s label to be sure that it can be put in a washing machine. Blot out excess lipstick with a clean towel or napkin. Spray some water on the smudge. Carefully rub a drop of a degreasing dishwasher liquid into the stain and leave it for 10-15 minutes. Resume rubbing the dishwasher liquid into the stain by means of a terry towel. Use circular motions, starting at the rim of the stain and moving towards the center. When finished, blot the area dry with the clean end of the towel.
  • Alcohol
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    Check the garment’s label to make sure that the fabric can be washed in a washing machine. Spread the clothing on a hard surface, with the stained side facing downwards. Use an alcohol-soaked cotton ball or swab to carefully dab at the underside of the stained area. Sprinkle the underside of the stain with cold water. Finish off by blotting the underside dry with a clean towel.

Stains from washing

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Washing different-colored clothes at the same time can lead to staining. To resolve the problem, you’ll need to wash them again. But first, find the clothes whose coloring caused the staining and separate them from the rest. Next, fill the washing machine with hot water and add bleach. Put the clothes into the washing machine. Let the machine run through a full cycle to wash the bleach out. (If, after washing, the clothes remain stained, repeat the procedure). It is best to dry the clothes in a natural way.

Taking care of suede

You should pay attention to the following tips:

  • Treat suede items with a protective spray, which should repel dirt and prevent discoloration.
  • Suede items need regular airing. You shouldn’t keep suede shoes in plastic boxes — use cotton pillowcases instead.
  • This will ensure air circulation, while protecting your shoes from gathering dust.
  • If your suede boots have become stained with some liquid, dab the stained areas with a clean, dry piece of cloth and immediately cover them with a layer of flour or talcum powder. Let it sit overnight, then use a suede care

brush to carefully remove the dried powder.

  • Keep your suede shoes in a cool, dry place. When you’re not wearing them, don’t leave them out in direct sunlight.
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    When removing dried stains, use a small amount of vinegar and a dry towel. Alternatively, you can use an ordinary colorless eraser.
  • Don’t clean suede items with water, because liquids can affect both the color and texture.

Water damage on leather

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Rub the stains with a damp, clean cloth. Sprinkle a few drops of liquid soap mixed with water onto a piece of soft fabric. Use the fabric to wipe the stained area until the stains disappear completely. Next, take a piece of dry, clean cloth and wipe away excess liquid and soap residue. Allow the item to dry naturally for 30 minutes. Don’t use a hairdryer to speed up the process. If in a hurry, you can use a fan, cool air is less harmful to leather.

Faded white clothes

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To begin with, treat the clothing in one of the following ways:

  • Mix 4 L (1 gal) of tepid water and 250 ml (one glass) of baking soda. Let the soda dissolve completely. Presoak the clothes in the solution for 8 hours.
  • Dissolve five 325mg aspirin tablets in eight liters of hot water. Presoak the white clothes in the solution for 8 hours.

Next, proceed with washing. For best results, pour 250ml (8oz) of vinegar or soda into the washing machine (this should serve as an alternative to bleach and stain remover). Wash white clothes and colored ones separately. The optimal washing temperature is 50C (122F).


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