Useful Hacks For Fixing Ruined Clothes


Have you even snagged your sweater on something sharp and gotten a hole in it?  Or accidentally gotten grease, makeup or food stains on a beloved t-shirt?  How about a zipper that decides that its done?  We’ve all been there, but now you have some tips to fix your clothes and wear them longer.  Here are useful hacks for fixing ruined clothes.

1. Get that zipper going again

Loosen up a zipper that sticks with petroleum jelly and a cotton swab.  Now it should zip up just fine!

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2. Stop getting poked

Make a quick fix to the bra that always pokes you in the chest.  Put moleskin over the part where the underwire creeps out and it should stay put for a while.

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3. Get that leather looking good

You don’t need a fancy shoe shine kit to make your shoes look great– just rub some lotion into your shoes and you’re good to go.

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4. Save a loose button

Save yourself the hassle of having to sew on a button– just put clear nail polish over the button and threads and the button should stay in place (at least for a little while.

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5. Get that makeup off your white shirt

Did you accidentally smear foundation on your shirt?  No worries–just use some shaving cream to get the stain out fast.  Spray it on, let it sit and wipe it off and the makeup should come off with it.

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6. Clean out those armpit stains

If the pits of your shirts are turning dark or yellow, just use some lemon and/or baking soda to get it out.  Scrub the pit stains with a lemon and some baking soda, let it sit (in the sun is best) and then wash it as normal.

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7. Keep a wool sweater from losing hair

Put a wool sweater in a bag and put it in the freezer overnight to help it keep the wool hairs that make up the sweater fibers.

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8. Hide a scuff

Hide a scuff on patent leather shoes by rubbing Vaseline over the spot.

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9. Save an old necklace

If you have a necklace that is broken, but that you love, sew it onto a beanie for a cool, fresh look.

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10. Stop a stocking run

If you get a run in your nylons, just paint over the ends of it with clear nail polish to keep it from continuing up your leg.

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11. Patch your cloth shoes

If you get a hole in your favorite canvas shoes, just patch them with some cute cloth to make them look good as new.

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12. Keep your jeans zipped up

If the zipper on your jeans breaks when you’re out and about, just use a key ring to keep it in place for the time being.  Put the key ring through the zipper pull and hook it around your jean button.

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13. Make a super stain soaker

If you’ve got some tough stains to get out (like in baby’s clothing), soak the clothes in a mixture of Dawn dish soap, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to get a deep-set stain out.

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14. Get rid of pills off your sweater

Just take a razor to your sweater to get rid of pills.  Then use a lint roller to get rid of pills.

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15. Take out crayon stains

Crayon stains are a pain to get out because of the wax.  Freeze the piece of clothing, the scrape off the crayon remnants.

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16. Cover up old sweater holes

There’s no need to throw a sweater away just because it’s worn a little hole.  Cover it up with a cute piece of fabric and no one will know the difference.

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17. Get rid of stinky pants

If you pants smell bad but you need to wear them again the next day, place them in a bag inside the freezer.  The bad smell will be gone in the morning. 

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