Tricks to keep your things looking brand new

An itchy sweater, stains on your new shoes, a broken zip — you’re never going to encounter any of these irritating little problems again. Because as it turns out, there are plenty of simple little tricks you can use to avoid them. And we’re going to share them all just with you.

1. Getting the perfect sweater

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Stop your sweaters from shedding by sticking them in the freezer overnight. If you have a cashmere or wool sweater that won’t stop shedding, toss it in the freezer before each wear.

2. Stopping your clothes from smelling bad

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Spray a small amount of vodka on your clothes to eliminate strong odours. If you don’t have time to wash a shirt before wearing it again but it has a strong, lingering smell, just spray on some vodka and let it dry. The alcohol will kill odor-causing bacteria.

3. Getting rid of foundation cream

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Fix foundation stains with a little bit of shaving cream. If you take off your shirt and accidentally smudge your makeup on the collar, just wipe a dollop of shaving cream on the spot to pretreat it before tossing it in the wash.

4. Getting rid of lipstick stains

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Use hairspray to remove a lipstick stain. Spray the fabric (make sure it’s not dry-clean only) with hairspray, and let it sit for a few minutes. Dab the stain, and then toss it in the washer.

5. Cleaning suede shoes

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Clean stubborn dirt off suede shoes with a nail file. Just buff it right out.

6. Cleaning stains from leather boots

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Scrub off water stains on leather boots with a soft toothbrush and vinegar. If your boots are ruined from water, snow, salt, or all of the above, dip a soft-bristled toothbrush in white vinegar and gently rub to remove the stain.

7. Maintaining patent leather shoes in perfect condition

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Fix a scuff on a patent leather shoe with a cotton swab and some petroleum jelly.

8. Mending dull or scratched leather shoes

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Mend dull or scratched leather shoes with moisturizer. If you don’t have shoe polish (Who does?), grab a towel and rub your shoes with a bit of lotion to bring them back to life.

9. Tightening up a button

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Paint clear nail polish over a loose button thread to temporarily stop it from unraveling. No need to learn how to sew on a button just yet.

10. Maintaining your sunglasses

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Tighten your sunglasses with a dab of clear nail polish. If the arm of your sunglasses is a bit loose and you don’t have a tiny screwdriver handy, paint a small bit of polish over the hinge to temporarily tighten it.

11. Fixing torn underwear

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Fix underwire that’s poking out of your bra with a patch of adhesive moleskin.

12. Getting rid of oil stains

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Use dishwashing liquid to lift oil stains from delicate clothing. The dish soap will remove oil or grease and is also gentle enough to use on clothes.

13. Fixing a stuck zipper

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Fix a stuck zipper with a cotton swab and petroleum jelly.

14. Getting rid of sweat stains

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Erase unsightly armpit stains with lemon juice or baking soda. Scrub out the stains with a mixture of lemon juice and water. For tough armpit stains, try rubbing a paste of baking soda and water on the stain, letting it sit for a few minutes, and then rinsing it off before throwing it in the wash.

15. Stopping your sneakers from smelling

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Pour a little bit of baking soda in your sneakers after a workout to soak up the sweat and eliminate odor.

Based on material from: cosmopolitan

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