Clingy pants that stick to your legs, new shoes that don’t quite fit right, a t-shirt that shrank in the wash — now you can say goodbye to all of these problems. All you have to do is read this selection of 15 life hacks we’ve put together for you.
Getting rid of stains on leather
Just apply a mixture of water and vinegar and gently rub it over the stain.
Keeping jewellery clean
This applies only to the non-precious metal parts of your jewellery. Cover the inside part of a ring with clear nail polish. You’ll never have to worry about getting marks on your fingers again.
Getting rid of oily stains on your clothes
Use baby powder to get rid of the stain.
Rescuing a shrunken t-shirt
Put your shrunken item of clothing into water with some kids’ shampoo (one liter of water for every spoon of shampoo). Leave it to soak for half an hour. Squeeze out the water and place the t-shirt between two towels for ten minutes. Then stretch the item out to its original size, putting something heavy on the edges to keep it stretched, and leave it to dry.
Use a razor to get rid of fluff from your clothes
Stopping jeans from fading
Add half a glass of vinegar to the washing machine to stop dark jeans losing their colour when being washed.
To quickly iron a collar
Hair straighteners can help you to quickly iron the fabric around buttons and folds on shirts and skirts.
Removing scuff marks from suede shoes
Use an ordinary eraser to clean your suede shoes.
Cleaning the white part of your sneakers
Mix some cleaning solution with baking soda in a bowl, take an old tooth brush and use the solution to thoroughly clean the white rubber parts of your shoes.
How to fit the bottom of your jeans into your boots:
Removing sweat stains from your clothes
These stains can be cleaned using a mixture of lemon juice and baking soda.
Putting a chord through the hood of your hoodie
Use a straw to push the chords through the narrow holes.
Breaking in new shoes
Pour some water into sealable plastic packets, place them inside your shoes and put the shoes in the freezer. When the water freezes, it expands. Take the shoes out of the freezer, wait for the ice to melt a little and take the bags of water out. N.B: this method doesn’t work for patent leather shoes.
Getting rid of the static on your pants
To get rid of static, place a safety pin on the inside seem of each trouser leg.
To stop the zipper on your jeans from coming undone
Attach the ring from a key ring on the zipper and hook it over the button of your pants.
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