How to maintain your clothes?
How many times have you complained about your pantyhose slipping, your yellow patches under your arms, or the stench of your sneakers? Well you see, there is a solution to all the little hassles and without spending a fortune.
It is with little tricks worthy of those provided by our ancestors that life becomes a little easier on a daily basis. 10-Trucs offers you 10 essential tips that will make your life easier!
Tips and tricks for caring for your clothes:
It’s a scourge that affects everyone: pilling! Which of you has never worn your favorite sweater and discovered an army of pilling on it? Cashmere, wool or synthetic materials, they can quickly appear and are not always synonymous with poor quality clothing.
To overcome pilling, arm yourself with a pair of scissors or a razor.
Contrary to what we read here and there, it is important not to remove the pilling by hand or with tweezers. Pulling the pill will only cause another to appear more quickly.
A pilling razor: Place your garment on a flat surface and gently run the razor over it. You should not cut yourself or even ruin your garment.
Scissors to remove pilling: a few scissor cuts and you’re done.
If you are looking for other tips against pilling here is my other article on this subject: How to remove pilling from clothing?
Also remember to put your clothes likely to pill inside out and in a net before putting them in the washing machine.
Who has never noticed a stain of pencil, mascara or foundation on the t-shirt or a sleeve. And whatever the color and material of the garment, it’s no small feat to remove these stains only by machine.
Here are some important rules for caring for your clothes in case of stubborn stains:
- First reflex NOT TO HAVE: Clean with water or make-up remover. Apart from spreading the stain and/or fixing it, you would get absolutely nothing.
- The lipstick stain: Apply shaving foam. Leave the magic to work for 10 minutes and you’re done.
- The mascara stain: Mix equal parts water and white vinegar. Then apply to the stained garment.
- The foundation stain: ether is an effective detergent. However, it should be used with caution. Once applied to the stain, then proceed with the usual washing.
- The stain of blush, powder or bronzer: same recipe as with the mascara. Mix water and white vinegar then apply to the stain.
No one escapes perspiration and yellow spots under the armpits. No one will be able to tell you that they don’t face this problem once in a while.
Sweat stains are most often caused by the buildup of sweat and the aluminum found in deodorants.
It’s irritating, especially when it comes to our favorite t-shirt. So what to do to make that nasty sweat stain go away?
Here are 2 natural tips available to you:
- hydrogen peroxide: With a cloth soaked in hydrogen peroxide, rub the stain. Rinse, wash normally in your machine to finish.
- lemon juice: it is the ideal ally to remove perspiration stains on your white clothes. Especially with delicate materials. Dab the stain with a cloth previously dipped in lemon juice. Let it dry then put it in the washing machine.
If the stain is caused by sweat and deodorant here are some interesting tips and tricks to try: Removing a deodorant stain from a black garment.
In the list of oh so irritating clothing problems, tights that spin are in pole position among women. When you know that tights cost an average of €10 and sometimes much more, it’s quite a budget to have to buy new ones every time!
Cool down your tights a few minutes before wearing them!
To save your nerves and your wallet, head to the kitchen. Put your tights in the freezer for ten minutes before wearing them and you’re done. By taking them out, you will find that the fibers of the tights will be much stronger.
A little varnish!
And if the damage is already done, but it’s still a small hole or a crack that cannot be seen, varnish can save your life.
A little coat of transparent or colored varnish (depending on your tights) and nothing moves. You can then resume the process from the freezer.
Little extra tip, moisten your hands before putting on your tights. This will avoid addicts.
These are your favorite jeans. It goes with all your pairs of shoes. Whether your look is casual, dressy and streetwear, it fits perfectly. You like it. It’s the best. BUT, because there is always one, but it starts to wash out. Misery, what to do to prevent his favorite jeans from fading even more!
Here’s what to do to prevent and keep your jeans from fading:
When washing jeans and other denim garments, add white vinegar. Tip shared, it’s up to you!
Looking for more tips and tricks for fixing fabric colors? Come read this other article: How to make a garment no longer rub off?
Earrings, bracelets or rings tarnish over time. Contact with the skin, the acidity of perspiration, friction, chlorine, chemicals, and even treatments such as creams and perfumes cause your jewelry to lose its shine.
However, there is no need to go to a specialist to make them shine again. Your bathroom and your kitchen are full of natural products to make your jewelry shine!
For silver jewelry:
- white vinegar: Soak your silver jewelery in a glass filled with white vinegar for 2 hours. Rinse them with water and dry them.
- Breadcrumbs: rubbing your jewelry with bread crumbs is an old grandmother’s trick to make silver jewelry shine.
- The lemon: Gently rub your silver jewelry with a toothbrush soaked in lemon juice. Rinse with clean water. Wipe with a soft cloth or chamois leather.
For gold jewelry:
- Toothpaste: Put a small amount of toothpaste on your toothbrush. Gently rub your jewelry. Rinse thoroughly under cold water. Wipe with a cloth or chamois leather.
- Some coca Cola: pour yourself a glass of coke and dip your jewel in it. Leave to act for fifteen minutes. As simple as that!
- baking soda: bring a toothbrush, a bowl and baking soda. Pour a few drops of water and baking soda until you get a smooth paste. Gently rub your jewelry with the paste using the toothbrush. Rinse them with clean water and pat them dry with a microfiber towel.
If your pair of white sneakers has already paced then nothing very complicated to give it back its color of yesteryear.
For canvas shoes:
- Mix baking soda and water in a bowl until smooth.
- Apply the paste liberally to the outside of your pair of shoes.
- Let dry overnight. In the early morning, scrub your shoes with a brush. And now, voila…
For leather shoes:
- Spread cleansing milk with a piece of cotton.
- Pass a last sponge stroke with water. Nothing easier!
New shoes are good, but they tend to hurt our feet because they are often too tight.
Compressed toes, blisters, unpleasant rubbing… We all know that, don’t we! However, there are unstoppable tricks to remedy this and wear your new shoes in style and without pain.
What do you need? Simply newspaper and a little water!
- Get some newspaper and make tight balls of paper that you will have moistened beforehand.
- Slip them into your shoes so that they are well filled (cram them as much as possible)
- Leave to dry for 24 hours in the open air and your shoes will have gained in flexibility.
SOS, your white linen is yellowing or becoming greyish! There are effective and natural tips for finding white clothes.
For machine washes:
For those who remember their physics chemistry course, you will know that you have to let go of your white laundry with a powder detergent composed of optical brightener.
Tip still very effective, add a glass of 30% hydrogen peroxide or about 500 g of baking soda to the rinse water.
For hand washes:
Soak your laundry for a few hours in water mixed with nutritional baking powder. You can then wash your laundry normally by rubbing it.
It is also possible for you just before washing your linen in the machine, to soak it in boiling water with lemon.
The shrinkage of clothes when washed is due to the tightening of cotton fibers under the effect of heat.
3 steps to follow to avoid this inconvenience:
- Follow washing instructions to prevent clothes from shrinking
- Wash in cold water to prevent shrinkage
- Banish the dryer step to prevent your clothes from shrinking and getting damaged more quickly.
The evil is already done ? Pour the cold water into the basin, add the coarse salt, let the salt dissolve completely and immerse your garment in it. Let the garment rest overnight and rinse in the morning with cold water.
Source of ideas: ShopAlike.fr