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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 July 10, 2020

                                          How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                                          How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                                          We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

                                          We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

                                          So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

                                          Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

                                          What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

                                          Boundaries are limits

                                          —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

                                          Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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                                          Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

                                          Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

                                          Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

                                          How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

                                          Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

                                          1. Self-Awareness Comes First

                                          Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

                                          You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

                                          To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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                                          You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

                                          • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
                                          • When do you feel disrespected?
                                          • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
                                          • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
                                          • When do you want to be alone?
                                          • How much space do you need?

                                          You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

                                          2. Clear Communication Is Essential

                                          Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

                                          Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

                                          3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

                                          Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

                                          That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

                                          Sample language:

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                                          • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
                                          • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
                                          • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
                                          • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
                                          • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
                                          • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
                                          • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

                                          Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

                                          4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

                                          Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

                                          Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

                                          Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

                                          We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

                                          It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

                                          It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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                                          Final Thoughts

                                          Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

                                          Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

                                          Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

                                          The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

                                          Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

                                          Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

                                          They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

                                          Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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