14 Simple Tricks to Make Your Clothes Look Good As New

Sometimes, even the most stylish wardrobe can be ruined by small but irritating details. Clothes fade and stretch, shoes lose their shine, and swimsuits become saggy. Fortunately, most of these annoyances can be fixed at home without buying expensive products or new clothes.

We at CHEERY decided to find a few tips that don’t just solve problems, like a stuck zipper or a falling button, but can also rejuvenate old pieces of clothes. And in the bonus section, we will tell you how to make old leather shoes shine again.

To prevent a new swimsuit from fading, soak it in a special solution.

In order to prevent your swimsuit from losing color, soak it in a vinegar solution. Add two tablespoons of vinegar to a quart of cold water and soak your suit there for 30 minutes. After such a procedure, the suit should retain its color for a long time.

Also, it’s better to take a shower before swimming in the sea or ocean. If you dive into seawater or water with chlorine in a dry suit, the fabric will absorb damaging microelements. If there are no showers on the beach, use bottled water to make the suit wet.

Ironing can help you restore a swimsuit’s shape.

To restore the shape of a saggy swimsuit, iron it. First, check what it’s made from. Cotton shrinks more after heat treatment, and synthetics can be ruined.

Before the procedure, wash the swimsuit in cold water by hand using a light detergent. After that, remove the excess water with a towel. The suit can be a little wet, but make sure it is not entirely dry. Cover the suit with cotton fabric and iron it carefully until all the water evaporates.

Use duct tape to remove fresh stains from leather.

If you don’t get rid of the dirt on a leather jacket right away, it will take hold on the surface and be much harder to remove. It’s better to use water or special cleaners for such stains. Baking soda, vinegar, or lemon juice may do more harm than good.

Fresh stains can be removed with duct tape. Stick a piece of tape right on top of the stain and remove it quickly. The stain should go away with it.

Laundry bags can be used for more than just underwear.

Many people think that mesh laundry bags should only be used for delicate fabrics, like those used in bras. But you can use them for any clothing items. The fabric lets the water and detergent through but protects the clothes from the mechanisms of the machine. The clothes won’t stretch and will last longer.

You can soften a T-shirt with a solution of salt.

Salt softens fibers. If a T-shirt feels stiff or uncomfortable, you can soak it in a special solution. Weigh the clothes you want to treat, and use one cup of salt for every pound of clothing. The ratio is 4 ounces of salt to one gallon of water.

Leave the clothes in the solution for a period from 6 hours to 3 days. Wash the clothes after. The solution will make the T-shirts soft and remove creases and wrinkles.

To prevent wool piling, don’t wear the same clothes 2 days in a row.

Constant friction causes wool piling. If you wear the same sweater every day, it will definitely stretch and fuzz balls will form all over it. Clothes need to rest for at least a day after wearing. This is enough time for the fabric to rest and retain its original shape.

If the fuzz balls are already there, don’t remove them with a razor. It’s better to use pumice. Make sure not to rub too hard.

You can get rid of static with a dryer and a sponge.

To do this trick, soak sponge pieces in a special solution of two cups water and two cups fabric softener. After that, remove the excess liquid and put the sponge into the dryer with your clothes. Not only will it soften the clothes and make them smell nice, but it will also remove static.

Loose buttons can be saved with nail polish.

If you notice the threads holding a button are loose and you can’t sew them immediately, you can apply a transparent nail polish to the threads. Once it dries, it will stick the threads together, keeping the button from falling off.

Use lip balm or a pencil to revive old zippers.

Over time, zippers wear down. If you haven’t worn or used something for a long time, the zipper on it might get stuck. You can fix this using a lip balm or a regular pencil. Rub the zipper on both sides with either of the solutions.

To make the zipper last longer, you need to clean it with a brush regularly, and wash it with a solution of hot water and dish soap.

To stop a sweater from shedding, put it into the freezer.

Your favorite sweater can start shedding after just a few months. To stop this process, put your sweater in a zip bag and stick it in the freezer for 3-4 hours.

After that, shake the sweater, and all the loose threads will fall out. If you have enough room, you can even store some clothes in your freezer long-term.

Don’t put T-shirts and sweaters on top of each other.

If you put your clothes on top of each other, every time you need a certain T-shirt, you will have to get it from under other clothes. They’ll get wrinkled, and it will take more time to get ready. It’s easier to store such clothes in your cabinet and in shoeboxes, keeping pieces next to each other instead of on top of one another.

Vinegar solution will remove wrinkles.

If you don’t have an iron, you can use a special solution to get rid of wrinkles. Get a spray bottle and pour in equal amounts of water and vinegar. You can add 14 drops of your favorite essential oil, so that the smell is pleasant.

Shake the bottle and spray the solution on the clothes. Put the clothes on a horizontal surface or hang them. The clothes should be a bit damp from the spray, but not too wet. Once it dries, the wrinkles will disappear.

Activated charcoal will help you get rid of unpleasant smells in the wardrobe.

Not only does activated charcoal remove unpleasant smells, but it also absorbs moisture. Put some activated charcoal in a glass bowl and leave the bowl on your wardrobe shelf. Take the charcoal out and let it dry out in the sun for several hours from time to time.

Deodorant stains can be removed with socks.

There a many remedies for deodorant stains. If a stain is on denim, cotton, or wool, you can remove it using clean socks. Put the sock on your hand and rub the stain in circles.

Bonus: A body lotion will make your leather shoes shine.

To make your dull leather shoes shine again, you can carefully rub them with your body lotion or hand cream. But first, make sure the product doesn’t contain alcohol, flavorings, or natural oils. Before the procedure, wash the shoes well, dry them, and then apply the lotion.

If you need to protect a pair of shoes from scratches and scuff marks, you can cover them with vaseline or something similar. It will also remove dirt.

Do you have any tricks that help you take good care of your clothes?

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