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20 Genius Hacks To Repair Damaged Clothing

20 Genius Hacks To Repair Damaged Clothing

When it comes to clothes, they sure don’t make ’em like they used to. Or maybe I’m just tough on clothes. Whatever the reason, it seems like my clothes are constantly wearing out – and they all seem to go at the same time. Anyone else have that problem? Well, contrary to popular belief, a scuff, tear, or stain is not the end for a piece of clothing. Whether it’s a sweater, leather boots, tights, or anything else, you can usually give it a new lease on life with a simple repair. The environment will thank you for keeping perfectly good clothes out of the landfill, and you’ll save money by reducing the number of replacement items you have to purchase.

These tips can also enable you scoop up great deals on slightly damaged clothing in stores, or cute items in thrift shops that have seen a little more wear than you’d like – you’ll have to tools to make them look like new. The best part? The tools you need to make a lot of basic repairs are most likely already in your home. What are you waiting for?

Tips for Stains

1. Remove armpit discoloration with lemon juice or baking soda

Mix lemon juice and water and scrub at those discolored armpit stains. For really tough stains, make a paste out of baking soda and water, and scrub it into the stain. Let it sit for a few minutes, and then throw the garment in the wash as normal.  Learn more here!

    Photo by Beijing, Good Eats

    2. Get rid of deodorant marks with the foam from a dry cleaning hanger

    The soft foam removes the deodorant easily.  Check out tip four here for more info.

    Clothing Deodorant
      Photo from Cosmopolitan

      3. Shaving cream kills foundation stains

      A lot of girls get unsightly foundation stains around the collar of shirts, from taking shirts off before you’ve washed your face. I always seem to also get foundation on myself when I’m applying it. (And I’ve known girls to quite literally rub off on guys, leaving brownish foundation smudges from cuddling.) However it got there, you can easily remove these stains – check out this article.

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      Clothing Shaving Cream
        Photo from Cosmopolitan

        4. Lipstick stains bow before hairspray

        Another kind of makeup I can’t put on without getting some on myself.  We’ve all been there – even guys get lipstick marks on their clothes from girls (see above).  The good news is, there’s an easy way to remove those colorful marks with hairspray.  Check it out!

        Clothing Hairspray
          Photo by Roposo

          5. Dishwashing liquid removes grease from clothing

          Dishwashing liquid is actually gentle enough to use on your clothes.  Look at tip 18 for the details.

          Clothing Dishwashing Liquid
            Photo from Cosmopolitan

            6. Freeze chewing gum off your jeans

            Check out WikiHow’s guide to learn how to freeze gum, making it easier to remove, plus some backups if that doesn’t work.

            Clothing Freezer Jeans
              Photo by Her Campus

              Tips for Wrinkles

              7. Make your own wrinkle-release spray

              With a clever blend of vinegar, water, and hair conditioner, this homemade wrinkle release spray will help you quickly remove stubborn wrinkles without washing.

              Clothing Wrinkle Spray
                Photo by One Good Thing

                8. Safely iron sweaters and other delicates

                It’s so frustrating when your favorite sweater is wrinkly and you know you can’t iron it. But now you can, with this easy tutorial!

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                Clothing Ironing
                  Photo by wikiHow

                  Tips for Scuffs, Watermarks, and Damaged Leather

                  Check out tips 10-15 to learn more – much love to Cosmo for these great shoe repair tips.

                  9. Use a nail file to remove dirt from suede

                  Just start buffing away!

                  Clothing Nail File
                    Photo by Cosmopolitan

                    10. A toothbrush dipped in vinegar removes water stains from leather boots

                    Again, just start gently brushing the stained area until the damage is repaired.  This tip is good for water/snow marks, as well as salt stains!

                    Clothing Vinegar
                      Photo by Cosmopolitan

                      11. Swab on petroleum jelly to repair scuffed patent leather

                      Dip a q-tip or cotton ball in petroleum jelly and apply to the scuffed area.

                      Clothing Petroleum Jelly
                        Photo by Cosmopolitan

                        12. Repair leather with lotion

                        This works especially well for leather shoes, but I’ve seen people give leather bags and even jackets a fresh shine with lotion.

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                        Clothing Lotion
                          Photo by Cosmopolitan

                          13. Revitalize patent leather’s shine with glass cleaner

                          One case where “put some Windex on it” is actually accurate.

                          Clothing Windex
                            Photo by Cosmopolitan

                            Tips for Snags and Runs

                            14. Fix a snagged sweater by hand

                            It’s actually really easy – as long as no threads are broken, you can pull the snag into place with this technique.

                            Clothing Snag
                              Photo by wikiHow

                              15. Use clear nail polish to stop a run in your tights

                              If you apply just a dot of clear nail polish before the run really gets going, you can get at least a couple more wears out of a pair of tights.

                              Clothing Tights
                                Photo by Cosmopolitan

                                16. Cover an underwire that’s poking out

                                You can use moleskin if you have it, but even using a normal bandaid can give you some relief, and allow you to keep wearing the bra.

                                Clothing Bra
                                  Photo by Cosmopolitan

                                  17. Paint clear nail polish over a button that’s threatening to come undone

                                  At some point, you should probably learn how to sew on a button. But in the meantime, a dot of clear nail polish will get you through.

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                                  Clothing Button
                                    Photo by Cosmopolitan

                                    Tips for Broken Hardware

                                    18. Fix a sticky zipper with wax or petroleum jelly

                                    Just dab a little bit on the sticky area with a q-tip or cotton ball, and the zipper should slide more easily.

                                    Clothing Zipper
                                      Photo by Cosmopolitan

                                      19. Fix a broken drawstring

                                      It’s a major pet peeve of mine when I lose a drawstring in my sweatpants or hoodie. But this easy technique can help you fish the string back out.

                                      Clothing Drawstring
                                        Photo by No More Money on Clothes or Shoes Challenge

                                        20. Tighten up sunglasses with clear nail polish

                                        If you don’t have one of those tiny screwdrivers to fix your sunglasses, you can dab a bit of clear nail polish on to keep them functional.

                                        Clothing Sunglasses
                                          Photo by Cosmopolitan

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                                          Last Updated on August 20, 2018

                                          35 Anniversary Ideas to Bring You Closer Together

                                          35 Anniversary Ideas to Bring You Closer Together

                                          Every mature relationship has had a less-than-memorable anniversary. Maybe one of you forgot, or both of you got busy with work, kids, family issues, or something else. Whatever happened, the day came and went without fanfare. And neither of you seemed to notice or much care.

                                          But for the health of any relationship, it’s important to make important days feel special. Anniversaries offer the wonderful opportunity to relive beautiful memories, practice gratefulness for your partner, and to show your love and strengthen your bond. Make this year’s anniversary with your significant other something special  — one that will bring you closer together.

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                                          The best way to create a memorable anniversary is to do something new and different together as a couple. Stretch yourselves a bit.

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                                          While boredom can silently kill a relationship, new experiences reinforce the shared bond you already have and create strong new memories. Just think back to the most significant memories you have right now with your spouse and imagine what new ones you can create!

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                                          While you enjoy your chosen anniversary activity, be sure to keep a positive attitude and make your partner happy too on that day. Leave all arguments and day to day detail behind. Just celebrate your relationship. Whether you’re going to spend the day together at home, getting away, or having a wild and crazy new experience together, you can have your best anniversary yet!

                                          If You’re Staying In

                                          1. Spend an evening with no technology, just the two of you and maybe a board game. It’s hard to keep ourselves away from our computers and smartphones long enough to have a meaningful conversation. Make a rule not to use your tech and you’ll rekindle your relationship!
                                          2. Make wine or beer together. If you enjoy drinking together, this is a fun activity to try together. Just remember to buy the necessary equipment ahead of time.
                                          3. Learn something new about each other. With an open mind, try asking some of the New York Times’ 36 questions that lead to love. They’ll help spark intimacy and will lead to some really honest moments.
                                          4. Have a lazy day. Breakfasts in bed, spend all day in bed talking and napping. Follow breakfast with champagne and dessert! If you feel like getting more active, cook together or play some games. Here’re some simple breakfast ideas for you.
                                            • Learn to dance at home. This is best for those active couples who work out together and also enjoy learning something new together. Just go on Youtube to find any music with dance tutorials and learn together.
                                            • Visit model homes or open houses and plan your dream home.
                                            • Have a special dessert – champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. Having an unusual treat makes a day feel extra special. If you want to make the dessert really special, try these tasty dessert recipes.
                                            • Create a playlist of your favorite songs as a couple. Choose songs that tell your story, and songs that you bonded over throughout your relationships. Here’re some love songs ideas for your inspirations.
                                              • Write your love story. Write it together or ave each of you write your own and then bring them together in an interesting, both sides of the story format.
                                              • Get a fondue pot. Fondue is a fun way to enjoy melted cheeses (for savory items) and melted chocolate (for sweeter treats).
                                              • Decorate! Turn your home into a dressed-up french cottage, a sophisticated restaurant, or simply with flowers. The different ambience will immediately change the feel of your home and make it feel like a staycation.
                                                • Talk about the future together. It might sound simple and everyday, but imagining how you want to spend your retirement together, or planning future trips can be exciting and romantic.

                                                If You Want to Get Away

                                                1. Take a day trip together to your favorite spot. If you live in a city, it can be incredibly refreshing to get away for an afternoon and drink in the outdoors.
                                                2. Go on a scenic drive and stop at a wine and cheese bar. Or, if you’re lucky enough to have lots of options where you live, try a brewpub. There are tons of small craft breweries with fantastic food options too.
                                                3. Go camping. Relatively affordable and, if the weather’s right, beautiful and romantic.
                                                  • Take an overnight backpacking trip. For the more adventurous couples, backpacking is an even more intense way to challenge yourself physically while becoming one with nature.
                                                  • Take a wine tasting tour. If you live on the West Coast or in the Northeast, take a drive to the nearest winery. Many offer relatively inexpensive tastings and deals if you purchase a certain amount.
                                                  • Take a scenic train trip. Taking the train means less stress traveling: nobody has to drive, you don’t have to stop for breaks every few hours, and you can sleep if you need to!
                                                  • Save up for a destination vacation. What better time than your anniversary to enjoy the beach at a beautiful resort?
                                                  • Explore a new city. Whether you’re on a budget or have a lot saved up, you can have a great time just exploring an unfamiliar town.
                                                  • Rent a cabin for a weekend away, in the woods or next to a lake or ocean. If you like the outdoors but can only take so much nature, try glamping.
                                                    • Go on a retreat. Yoga retreats, meditation retreats, beautiful natural surroundings … they’re all the rage. Search for centeredness and calm with your partner.
                                                    • Spend a day at a food festival. Many cities have fun and affordable food festivals, occasionally based on a theme. Check out your town’s (or a nearby city) calendar for inspiration!

                                                    New & Exciting Experiences

                                                    1. Go spelunking. Dark, damp, and utterly exciting!
                                                    2. Go on a hot air balloon ride. Because the basket is relatively small, this can be a romantic and deeply personal – and yet thrilling –
                                                      experience.
                                                      • Try sky diving. If you and you S.O. are real thrill-seekers, sky diving can really push you to the edge!
                                                      • Explore the underwater world by snorkeling or scuba diving. This may take you far away from where you normally live and work, which is an added bonus.
                                                      • Experience white water rafting.
                                                      • Drive or hike to the highest spot nearby for a new view of the world. America has tons of beautiful mountains where challenging hikes (or drives) can deliver breathtaking views.
                                                      • Take a craft or cooking class. Up your craft skills or food  making skills, and enjoy something new!
                                                        • Take a wine and painting class today. These classes are easily found these days and even a beginning painter can create a nice painting. Challenging but relaxing, fun, and you get to go home with some artwork!
                                                        • Learn to salsa dance. Dancing is a fantastic way to actively get closer and coordinate physically with one another.
                                                          • Visit a nearby festival you’ve always wanted to go to. Have fun and let go with fellow audience-members!
                                                          • Spend the day at an amusement park together. Laugh and carry on like teenagers.
                                                          • Meet new people! At a restaurant, concert, or class, make it a point to meet new friends. Striking up conversation with someone you don’t know – but with whom you have shared interests – can be an adventurous and rewarding experience.

                                                          Whether your budget is big or small, and whether you have a little or a ton of time together, focus on each other. There are tons of options, in terms of location, level of physical activity, and cost. You can make the day special in a way that’s right for you!

                                                          Featured photo credit: Photo by Taylor L. Spurgeon on Unsplash via unsplash.com

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