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Hacks related to creating, repairing, cleaning and drying clothing and similar textiles.

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Where to put used-but-usable clothes (a.k.a. alternative to “The Chair”)?

We all know The Chair. The Chair where you put the clothes clean enough not to go in the laundry, but not enough to go back in the wardrobe. The Chair that looks like this: It exists because you ...
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Ηow can I keep my jeans' zippers from unzipping on their own?

A lot of jeans have zippers that open on their own. For me, it is quite uncomfortable to be re-zipping them in the middle of the street. What can I do to prevent this?
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How to clean blood from white clothes

A related question asks about cleaning blood off of colored clothing. What can I do to clean blood from white clothing? I've tried washing it off with soap and water, but that doesn't really get rid ...
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How do you remember which shirt you wore on the previous date?

When I start dating someone, I want to wear my best shirt (or one of my favorites) on each date. The problem is that that could lead to me wearing the same outfit each time. Is there a low effort way ...
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How do I securely tie my shoes?

When I tie my shoes, which have round cord laces, they very frequently become untied, even if I knot the loops. How can I tie them more securely?
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What's the best way to keep your shirt tucked in?

I find myself needing to put my shirt back inside my trousers throughout the day because it keeps coming untucked. This can be very awkward to do. What is the best way to keep a shirt tucked in? I'...
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Changing pants in office bathroom

I commute to my office in my bike, and after cycling 40kms, my clothes will be soaked. I change vest and shirt, but pants and underwear will be soaked, which is uncomfortable. I would like to change ...
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How to remove creases from my shirts without ironing?

We've all had the problem, you need that one dress shirt you own, but it is full of creases because you stuffed it all the way in the back of your closet. No way i am going to iron them, it takes way ...
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Is there any way to fill in a hole in my shoe - so it is waterproof?

I usually buy new shoes every two years or so (mostly Nikes). When walking I seem to not lift my feet high enough and because of this I get a hole the size of a cent at the rear of the sole (under my ...
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Adding a belt hole without a leather punch

I don't want to invest in a leather hole punch, so how could I add an extra hole (or some other solution)?
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Diesel fuel smell out of clothing?

I recently used the diesel pump on a frigid morning and got fuel on my polar fleece (synthetic material) gloves. I have soaked them, washed them normally, washed them in the dishwasher, soaked them in ...
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How to quickly remove stains made of semen from clothes

Maybe some of you have had the bad experience to get semen stains on your clothes after having a sexual intercourse with your partner in a public place (for example at a party, in the office, in your ...
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How Can I Fix a Broken Pant Fly?

My wardrobe is not aging gracefully, and I too much despise shopping for clothes to replace it. To be sure, after a long, gradual decline, it has gotten to a point where if I pull out a pair of pants, ...
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How to protect your shoes from bad smell?

I have leather shoes (but others are affected by this as well); whenever I wear them for sufficiently long time (say, one hour), my socks, shoes, and feet smell bad. It makes me uncomfortable - e.g. I ...
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How to only take off your pullover without the garment below it?

Every time I take off my pullover the t-shirt below it comes up too and that's not really good looking. Is there a way to avoid this?
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How to quickly dry wet sneakers?

I stepped in a deep puddle and now both of my sneakers are thoroughly wet. I've tried opening them up to let them air dry, but this takes far too long. I'm also afraid to put them into the clothes ...
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Drying clothes: windy but cold outside vs warm(ish) inside?

I know there are a few questions which are similar to this, but I'm asking for facts, about which is definitely better. We have only one clothes rack but we have a lot of laundry to get through. ...
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How can I get rid of my sneakers' stench?

I have basketball shoes that have a putrid smell and I can barely stand it. Besides the smell, the shoes are in pretty good shape and I hope to keep them a bit longer. So far I have tried washing ...
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How to remove lint from a shirt without a lint brush?

I am at the office right now and thanks to a new cotton jacket I wore on the way here, my shirt is covered in lint/fluffs. Obviously this looks terrible and I would like to avoid making a bad/unclean ...
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Keep from Wearing Holes in the Toes of My Dress Socks

Ok, so I've searched, and searched, but I'm not getting a satisfactory answer to how I can keep from wearing holes in the toes of my dress socks. Some say to keep your toenails trimmed, others say ...
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Easiest way to remove adhesive from shirts?

I recently went to an event, and we had to wear name tags. Then, I forgot to remove the name tags before I washed it. When it came out, It had a white stain. I found out that the stain was some sort ...
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De-pill the clothes?

Many people like me do not like to wear the cloths which has small pill-like balls especially on cotton based fabric. I tried plucking the the visible pills after a wash, that was very annoying and ...
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How do I quickly open or close a jammed zipper?

On occasion a zipper gets stuck in quite inconvenient situations. This may be when wearing a warm coat on entering an even warmer room, or most embarrasing while in a public restroom. In both ...
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How to Pack Dress Shirts / Clothes for Travel

Of course around the holidays, lots of people travel. I'm looking for an efficient way to pack my dress shirts so they won't wrinkle and look like a mess when I get them out later. And since I'd like ...
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How to avoid the splitting of my jeans in the crotch area?

I don't really walk a lot. I use a bike as my transport means, but even before riding it, I use to tear my jeans quite soon, for instance as in this picture. They usually split sooner as 18 months ...
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How to label socks

I sometimes need to label socks either a) to distinguish similar socks belonging to different family members (in which case a coloured mark works fine), or b) to be able to return lost property (in ...
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Is there a neater way to fold a shirt?

It's so difficult to fold a shirt. Every time I try it comes out unevenly folded. Is there a better/neater way to do this? I would love to fold a shirt the way clothing stores fold their shirts; as ...
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Best way to fold a shirt for a lazy bachelor [duplicate]

Like most lazy men I hate folding laundry, and when I do it tends to be messy. Sometimes everything is wrinkled by the time I get to it. Most of my laundry is t-shirts, so what is the best way I can ...
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How to tie a tie?

Most common method of tying a tie have over 10 steps of knot tying instructions. It's ridiculously difficult to remember it, especially if you're tying your tie very rarely. Are there any easily ...
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How can I get damp clothes to hang-dry faster in the home?

It's cold at the moment and I can't spare much for heating the house. Are there any cost-effective hacks to hang-dry wet clothes faster (and preferably limit mould-inducing moisture in the air)?
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How to stop leather from making stain on clothes with light colors

Some clothes or accessories made from leather tend to create (dark) stain or spots on clothes, of course especially on clothes having light colors. Some spots can be removed easily, others not. ...
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My pants are falling off!

I have some pairs of sweatpants and shorts that have either one side of the string outside the loop, or the whole string is out of the pants all together. This can be a major issue because I either ...
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What's a better way to put clothes in a drawer?

Usually I fold my clothes and then stack them according to their type. The result looks something like the following: source But this doesn't really work very well, as it's more difficult than I'd ...
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How to dry shoes quickly after washing them?

I washed my shoes some 72 hours ago; at the moment they are still too damp for me to wear. I know that there are shoe dryers available, but that is not what I want because I only wash my shoes ...
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What is the best winter clothing strategy for keeping warm?

What life hacks you can apply to make you warm? In example heated clothing, what kind of layers of fabric to use to keep you the warmest, own inventions, etc. So in general, what is your best winter ...
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How to remove permanent marker from furniture, clothes, skin etc

A permanent marker exploded and got all over everywhere (please don't ask how). Usually I just use water and soap to get it off, but takes too much work. So I was wondering: Is there a method to ...
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How do I keep my shirt collars from folding the wrong way?

I wear knit shirts mostly and the collars often form a crease in the wrong place, causing the collar to look ugly. When I wash my shirts and put on a hanger I try to remember to leave the collars ...
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How do I prevent my shirt sleeves from twisting in the washer?

I like to wear a suit, and of course, a reasonably formal shirt goes with it. Years ago, this meant ironing the shirts by hand, but these days non-iron shirts are pretty good. However, with non-iron ...
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Removing blood from colored clothes

I got blood on my blue shirt. I would usually use peroxide, but last time I tried that, my shirt got ruined (colors got messed up). What is an easy way I can remove blood from my shirt without ruining ...
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How do I repair a popped button when not at home?

I'm at work and a button pops off of my oxford shirt. I don't have a sewing kit with me (because I'm at work) and I don't want to look like I'm a slob or homeless. How do I fix the button back on ...
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How can I identify a pure cotton cloth?

Yesterday, i went to shop but all of the shirts of that shop was labelled with 100% cotton tag. But It don't seem to be truly 100% cotton if i touch them.
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How can I stabilize my feet in my oversized boots?

I bought a pair of boots this past summer that I thought fit me well. Now that I'm really using them for the first time, I've realized that they are approximately 1/2 size too big, and my feet move ...
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How to waterproof your shoes?

Are there any home ways to coat your shoes (made of material like canvas or cotton) to be water resistance? Some time ago I've tried Ultra Ever Dry, but it was too smelly, toxic and the coating layer ...
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What to do with the leftover part of a belt?

Everyone who wears a belt knows the problem, it's neither short nor long enough to fit perfect and not getting in the way of your left elbow. Has anyone got a lifehack to fix the leftover part so it ...
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Fast and Easy way to put-on pants (that need a belt)

Problem: I get a lot of people dressed and when I do most of them wear belts. I usually have to put the belts on myself, but my arm span sometimes doesn't cover their waist so I have to dodge around ...
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How to get skinny jeans on more easily

I like to wear slim fitting jeans and trousers simply because I have fabulous legs. Sometimes I struggle to get these bad boys on - especially when they've recently been washed and have shrunk a ...
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How to get gum off of clothes

Last night I somehow had chewing gum on the back of my shirt, and before I knew it was there, I leaned against a throw pillow on my couch, getting gum on the pillow too. How would you remove the gum? ...
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How to stop red marks from wearing ballerina shoes?

Above is a picture of what the shoes look like. The back part of these shoes have hurt my ankle many times and left a red area that I don't know how to heal. Is there a way to prevent these marks ...
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How to prevent the rubber peg on a flip-flop from popping out

I have a pair of cheap, but comfortable flip flops. I like them, but the rubber peg between the big toe and the second toe always comes out. I don't want to have to get new flip-flops. I've tried ...
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How to remove tuna oil from backpack?

So despite me telling her a thousand times not to use the crappy plastic food containers, my sister still put my lunch into a crappy plastic food container. My lunch consisted of tuna and had quite a ...

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