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17 Hacks to Fix Damaged or Ruined Clothing

17 Hacks to Fix Damaged or Ruined Clothing

Wait, don’t give up on that stained shirt! Much of your potentially ruined (or very stinky) clothing can be remedied with simple fixes you can do at home. From stain removal to patent leather scratches, you just may be able to save your favorite clothes from the donation pile. Never cower at a red wine stain again!

1. Buff off stubborn grime from suede with a nail buffer.

    source: Cosmopolitan

    2. Put your jeans in a baggy in the freezer to reduce odor and save a wash.

      source: Kathleen Kamphausen

      3. Stop a run in your tights by applying clear nail polish.

        source: trusper.com

        4. And use hairspray to help prevent runs in the first place.

          source: v.etto via Flickr

          5. If you spill red wine on your clothing, soak it in white wine to help remove it before you throw it in the wash.

            source: 24thcentury via Flickr

            6. Rub off deodorant marks with baby wipes.

              source: Pinterest

              7. Use a razor to fix pilling on clothes.

                source: Wikihow

                8. Put dry tea bags in stinky shoes to reduce the odor.

                  source: Wikihow

                  9. Mix vinegar with cold water and use it to get water stains out of leather.

                    source: 11andchic.com

                    10. Lift oil stains by leaving baby powder on the spot overnight before washing as usual.

                      source: Austin Kirk via Flickr

                      11. Remove makeup stains from your shirt with shaving cream.

                        source: Cosmopolitan

                        12. Whiten dirty shoes again by scrubbing them with baking soda and a tooth brush.

                          source: Ethan Hebler via Youtube

                          13. Shine up patent leather shoes with Windex.

                            source: Cosmopolitan

                            14. And for scuffs, use petroleum jelly.

                              source: Cosmopolitan

                              15. Spray lemon juice on sweat stains before washing to get them out.

                              Spray shirts that tend to get sweat stains with lemon juice before you wash them.
                                source: Wikihow

                                16. Cut pieces of moleskine to fix a bra with protruding underwire.

                                  source: Chaotically Creative

                                  17. Put ice on gum that’s stuck to clothing for 20-25 minutes and it will scrape off more easily!

                                    source: Wikihow

                                    Featured photo credit: out with the old/woodleywonderworks via flic.kr

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                                    Last Updated on September 20, 2018

                                    How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

                                    How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

                                    Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

                                    If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

                                    1. Breathe

                                    The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

                                    • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
                                    • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
                                    • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

                                    Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

                                    2. Loosen up

                                    After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

                                    Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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                                    3. Chew slowly

                                    Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

                                    Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

                                    Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

                                    4. Let go

                                    Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

                                    The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

                                    It’s not. Promise.

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                                    Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

                                    Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

                                    21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

                                    5. Enjoy the journey

                                    Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

                                    Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

                                    6. Look at the big picture

                                    The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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                                    Will this matter to me…

                                    • Next week?
                                    • Next month?
                                    • Next year?
                                    • In 10 years?

                                    Hint: No, it won’t.

                                    I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

                                    Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

                                    7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

                                    You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

                                    Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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                                    8. Practice patience every day

                                    Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

                                    • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
                                    • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
                                    • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

                                    Final thoughts

                                    Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

                                    Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

                                    Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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