Let’s share some unusual and useful clothing and accessory care tips! Here are mine:
When my white socks get super dingy or start to wear thin, I set them aside for leather polishing. Less mess than an actual rag since you can slip your hand inside the sock before applying your cleaner, conditioner, or polish.
I’ve had bags meant for delicates shred my delicates, so I wash them inside tied-shut pillowcases on the delicate cycle. Both items get clean, and the pillowcase is a softer shield for the delicate item.
If you prefer to hang your leather skirts and pants and don’t want to leave indentations from pant hanger clips, use a dry cleaner pant hanger with cardboard tubing across the bottom. BUT! Be sure to cover it with a paper towel or scrap of cloth first, as those tubes generally have a little adhesive and you don’t want that getting on your leather.
Keep old toothbrushes. Use them to gently scrub dirt off your shoes, polish jewelry, spot-treat stains or odors … you can even use them to exfoliate your lips!
Palmolive dish liquid – the traditional green stuff – is still my go-to for stain removal. So long as you’re not dealing with something dry-cleanable or super delicate, dab the stain with cold water then cover with Palmolive. Let it sit overnight if possible, then wash. I think it’s failed me twice in the past 15 years.
Deodorant mark on your clothes? Rub with a clean piece of the same garment to remove.
Some garments that are supposed to be machine washed and dried flat come out with ridiculous wrinkles. If you’re willing to gamble a little, popping these items in the dryer for five minutes generally gets the worst wrinkles out without causing shrinkage. Dry flat after that.
If you buy a handbag that comes with a dust bag, save it even if you don’t store the bag inside. Pack a pair of shoes inside it before popping into your suitcase. Protects the shoes from getting banged up, and means you can nestle them right in the middle of your clothes without worrying about dirty soles soiling them.
Now you! Got any clothing care tips to share?
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