We’ve all been there: spilled a glass of red wine on a white shirt, broken our favorite flip flops mid-stride, or had a zipper stick on a rainy, cold day. Today, Lionesse brings you some lifesaving (not really, but you get the point) tips, tricks, and hacks to help you muster through the toughest fashion issues – and some of them are so ridiculously simple, you might ask yourself, “Why didn’t I think of that?”
Unsticking a Stuck Zipper
If you have a stubborn zipper that just won’t budge no matter how hard you try to pull, try rubbing some Vaseline on the zipper teeth. Another great option to try is rubbing a pencil over the zipper teeth.
Fix a Loose Button – Temporarily
Use a coat of clear nail polish to prevent a loose button from falling off temporarily.
Removing a Red Wine Stain
Pour club soda over the stain, and toss the garment into the washer. Don’t dry it – allow it to air dry if the stain is gone. If it isn’t, repeat the process once again.
Prevent Dark Jeans from Fading
Toss a ½ cup of white vinegar into the washer with the jeans on the last washing cycle. This will not only retain color, but will also help your jeans come out of the dryer softer. Vinegar works well as a fabric softener – and won’t leave the stinky vinegar scent behind.
Getting Dirt off of Your Favorite Cloth Shoes
Use an old toothbrush and apply some toothpaste or baking soda to the brush. Wet and scrub the shoes. You may want to toss them into the washer after this to remove any unsightly white residue left behind, and allow them to air dry to avoid shrinkage.
Remove Sweater Pilling
Remove sweater pilling by using a pumice stone rubbed over the piling areas.
Downsize Your Closet – The Creative Way
Hang all of your clothes in your wardrobe with the hangers facing one way. As you wear each piece, hang the item up on the hanger in the opposite direction of the other clothes. After a month, get rid of the items you haven’t yet worn.
Turn Your T-Shirts Vintage Soft
Soak your shirts in a mix of water (1 QT) and ½ C of salt for three days. Wash your shirts, and feel the difference!
Get Rid of Stinky Smells in Sneakers
Cover your sneakers in baking soda to absorb the smell, and allow to sit overnight. Wash the sneakers after 24 hours and they will be stink-free.
Test The Fit of a New Pair of Jeans
When you’re pressed for time and just can’t take the five minutes to try on a pair of jeans (or you just don’t want to) hold the pair up to your neck. If the jeans can wrap around your neck and touch ends, chances are, they will fit.
Remove Sweat Stains
Spray the armpit area on your shirts and any other areas that tend to accumulate sweat with lemon juice before washing the item. This will remove and prevent sweat stains.
Make Diamond Rings Sparkle
Is your ring not as sparkly as it once was? Use baking soda or toothpaste to scrub your ring to make it shine like new.