While scuffed up or stretched out, your favorite shoes and clothing items aren’t necessarily gone for good. If you’re housing a few “worse for wear” belongings, check out these 14 handy household items guaranteed to reverse the damage. BONUS: it’s an excuse to break out the high heels!
1. Glass cleaner isn’t just for those dirty bay windows.
A few spritzes will return those patent leather pumps, flats, or wedges glossy new in no time!
2. File away the dust and dirt.
Who would have guessed suede is no match for the common manicuring tool?
3. Gallon zip locks … aka … odor be gone!
If clothing items have a persistent stench that won’t just stop lingering, seal ’em up! A night in the freezer should do the trick.
4. Any annoying blood spots?
Equal parts ammonia, table salt, and ice cold water will fade the stain.
5. Treat a grease stain the same way you would your dishes!
The soap in your kitchen is specifically designed to break down oil and heavy bits. Dab a few dots on before a wash and watch the magic happen!
6. Easy on the leather, hard on the problem.
Once again, it’s cold water to the rescue! Mix it with a touch of vinegar and spot treat the damaged areas.
7. Super glue: good for wrapping up those rips.
Any tears or rips your footwear has sustained over time can be patched in a jiffy. We recommend applying the glue from the inside, using a toothpick to hold the material in place until it dries.
8. Wax away the scratches and worry no more!
Apply a few small amounts of the stuff, waiting it for harden before wiping away with a soft “flannel-like” fabric. Finish up with a top coat of shoe polish to remove any leftover residue. Lacking in wax? Clear nail polish will get the job done just as well.
9. Need a reliable method to refresh a pair of shoes?
One part ammonia to three parts water (substitute 1 tbsp. vinegar if you like) should return them to brand spanking new condition.
10. Keep the color with a few extra ingredients.
Add a small amount of salt and vinegar to your regular wash cycle to extend the life of those black and denim bluejeans.
11. Revamp a leather clutch, cross-body, or handbag with a touch of vinegar.
Soak a (preferably cotton) cloth or Q-tip in the liquid, dabbing at the stain repeatedly until it’s gone. You can thank us later.
12. If you the softness factor is too far gone, think again.
Return that raggedy sweater to its former glory with a 72-hour soak (yes, three days) in salt water, Half a glass of the kitchen condiment mixed with one liter of water should do it! Of course, finish the process with a final wash in the machine.
13. Make pilling a thing of the past with a little velcro use.
Carefully strip away the annoying balls of fabric, being as light-handed as possible so not to snag anything else.
14. Now for those silky-smooth items …
Toss the delicate blouses, tanks, or other items hanging around in the washer with your favorite hair conditioner. Hey, it definitely beats going to the dry cleaner!
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