10 Smart Hacks for Fixing Your Ruined Shoes and Clothes
If you ever had a situation when you suddenly discovered that brown mark on your $200 designer top or found that you cannot wear your favorite jeans because of a broken zipper, you know how frustrating it can be. But don’t get frustrated. These tricks can help you fix the clothes or shoes that you thought were ruined for good.
We at Bright Side prepared this selection of very useful tricks to save your favorite things.
1. Fix a broken zipper on one side of the track
Fixing a zipper that came off one side of the track is very easy, all you need is scissors, a needle, and thread.
- Move the slider to the bottom;
- do a small cut between 2 zipper teeth;
- slide the slider into the second side and move it right up;
- make a few stitches just above the cut so the slider doesn’t get to it.
2. Strong odors
Vodka is very good for removing strong odors from your favorite clothes.
- Pour vodka into a spray bottle;
- hang up the item that you need to clean;
- spray the item, but don’t wet it too much, just a light misting;
- wait until the vodka evaporates;
That’s it, it’s that easy. One tip — do not dilute the vodka, use it as is.
3. Mold stains on leather boots
You need a soft toothbrush or a sponge, and water and vinegar.
- Dust away the visible mold;
- dip the sponge or toothbrush into the mixture of equal amounts of vinegar and water;
- gently wipe the affected areas;
- dry the shoes under the sun.
Just remember that mold can harm your health and do this outside, if possible. Using a dust mask also might be a good idea.
4. Make leather shoes shiny again
You can make your leather shoes shiny and like brand new again with just a little glass cleaner, 2 pieces of soft cloth, and an old soft toothbrush.
- Spray the cloth with the glass cleaner;
- gently rub the cloth on your shoe to clean off any dirt;
- use the toothbrush around stitches or accessories that you can’t reach with the cloth;
- get a dry cloth and wipe off the glass cleaner and dirt;
- repeat if needed.
Be aware that some leather can get damaged from glass cleaner, try it first on the inner side of your shoe.
5. Fix the underwire in your bra
To fix an underwire that is poking out of your bra you need a piece of moleskin, glue, and scissors.
- Push the wire back into the casing;
- cut a small piece of moleskin, add a little glue, and place it over the hole;
- press closed with your fingers.
That’s it, it’s that easy. Your body heat will make the glue stick to the fabric.
6. Remove old paint from clothes
All you need are hairspray and a stiff brush.
- Spray the painted area with hairspray until it looks completely wet;
- wait for a few minutes;
- brush it with the stiff brush, or use a washcloth;
- you will see how the old paint starts to roll away;
- once almost all the paint is gone, wash the item. This will break down the rest of the paint.
7. Fix holes in knitted clothes
You need a needle and thread of matching color.
- Start on the wrong side of the item;
- grab a loop with the needle;
- grab a loop on the opposite side of the hole, and bring the 2 sides together;
- continue going from one side to another until you cover the entire hole.
8. How to fix a zipper that doesn’t stay closed
If the zip doesn’t have any missing teeth, the problem is most likely in the slider. It gets loose with time and it can get to the stage where it cannot clinch the zipper teeth any longer. You will need pliers and a paper towel.
- Move the slider to the furthest open position;
- move both sides of the zip away as far as it allows you;
- cover the slider with a paper towel to prevent damage
- gently squeeze the slider with the pliers, don’t use too much pressure because it’s very easy to break it apart;
- check if it zips both sides together and repeat if needed.
9. Remove rust stains from clothes
If you have rust on your clothes it’s possible to remove it with some salt and white vinegar or lemon juice.
- Mix an equal amount of salt and white vinegar or lemon juice
- place the mixture directly on the stain;
- wait for 30 minutes;
- place it in the sunshine until the stain starts to fade;
- wash as usual.
Rust stains can be very stubborn and you may have to repeat this a few times. If after repeating this a few times you can still see some marks, put the item with the mixture over boiling water to accelerate the process before placing it in the sunlight.
10. Remove ink or permanent marker stains
Acetone is the best solvent to get rid of stubborn marks from a pen or a marker. Some fabric may get damaged from acetone, so first try it somewhere on a corner. If acetone cannot be used, replace it with rubbing alcohol. Just know that this is not as effective, so you may need to do more applications.
- Wet the stain with water;
- place an old towel on a hard surface, a table for example, and put the stained item over the towel;
- apply acetone or another solvent to the stain, using a squeeze bottle;
- the towel will absorb some of the ink;
- rinse the fabric;
- repeat the steps as needed for the ink to be removed completely.
Do you have some of your own tricks on how to save shoes or clothes that were nearly ruined? Tell us about it in the comments, we should all know them.