Most of us tend to buy new clothes when the ones we have get old but what if there were ways to make our old clothes new again? Here are 10 ways you can make your old clothes new again without going clothes shopping:
1.Make the Colors Shine Again
When the colors of your clothes fade, the best thing to do is to add some salt in your washing machine’s wash cycle after you’ve added the clothes and detergent. The salt will bring back the colors of the clothes. You can also do this preventatively so that the colors don’t fade in the first places. So, you can add salt to every load of clothing to keep the colors bright and shiny.
2.Fix Your Bent Hat
Sometimes your hat might get bent out of shape especially when you’ve packed it away for too long or have packed it on a luggage or trip. The best way to get the hat back into shape is to boil a pan of water and place the hat over the pan. The heat from the pan will act like a steamer and gradually straighten the hat
3.Fortify Your Buttons
Lost buttons can be frustrating especially when you don’t have a matching replacement button. When you lose a button on your clothing, you end up having to either move buttons around or abandoning the clothes. Instead of waiting for that to happen, try fortifying your buttons with dental floss so they can last longer and you won’t have to lose them unexpectedly.
4.Use Blue to Turn Clothes White
This sounds like a little weird since most people use bleach to turn clothes white. The disadvantage of bleach is that it can turn clothes yellow. Laundry Bluing adds a slight tint of blue to yellowed and darkened whites and this makes the clothes appear whiter. So, if you’re struggling to keep your white whiter, try using laundry bluing instead of bleach.
5.Remove Smell of Stinky Shoes
Your shoes will smell as long as your feet goes into it and it’s covered. Our feet sweats when it’s in an enclosed space like a shoe and even more when we have socks on. You can easily take care of smelly shoes by putting baking soda in the shoes to absorb the smell. Just about 1-2 tablespoons of baking soda should be sufficient for each shoe.
6.Remove Pills from Your Clothes
When your clothes begin to get old, you’ll see signs for wear and tear in form of a pills on them especially on wool clothing like sweaters. Pills is also known as fuzzball or lint ball. Wash the clothes, and use a razor to carefully shave the pills without creating a hole on your clothes. You can pick up the shaving with a tape after you’re done.
7.Get Your Cotton Clothes Back
Nothing is as upsetting as washing your “pre-shrunk” cotton and realizing that it shrunk even more and doesn’t fit anymore! Well, the good news is that you can easily take care of that by rewashing the clothes in baby shampoo. Soak the clothes in warm water and adds about 2-3 tablespoons of baby shampoo. Let it soak for about an hour. Then place the clothes on a towel and roll it up with the towel. Then unroll and let it air dry. That should return it almost back to its preshrunk size.
8.Hair Straightener as An Iron for Collars
This can be tricky since you can discolor your shirt collar if your hair straightener is not clean. So, first things first, make sure your hair straightener is not dirty, oily, or discolored and if it is, clean it gently. Do not immense it in water as it’s an electronic for course. Then use it gently to straighten out the collar of your shirt when you’re in a hurry but try not to burn your shirt.
9.Save Your Buttons and Zippers
Nothing is more annoying than lost buttons or jammed zippers after you’re done with laundry. The easiest way to make sure this doesn’t happen is simple – fasten all buttons and zip all zippers before you throw the clothes into the washer. And if you do, you won’t have to worry about ripped buttons or damaged zippers.
10.Ice Cubes to De-wrinkle Your Clothes
Most times when we run the dryer, our clothes come out all wrinkled. If you however, put some ice cubes in the dryer before you run it, your clothes will come out wrinkle-free. This works because the ice cubes melt and turn into steam so you’re essentially steaming your clothes while it’s drying. Make sure to set the dryer at low to medium heat.