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

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How to prevent my socks from becoming dry and rigid?

Every socks I own quickly end up dry and rigid (2 or 3 months). I am sick to feel like I was folding paperboard after every laundry, or buy a new dozens every month or so. I don't know what the ...
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How can I fix these suspenders?

I have a pair of climbing pants with suspenders. One of the metal thingies, let's call them clips, bent and no longer held. I attempted to bend it back in shape, but it broke. The picture will make it ...
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Keeping valuables safe whilst in costume

I'm going to a fancy dress (I think cosplay may be the term used in other parts of the world) event wearing an improvised costume in which sweat pants are the only item with pockets. These are not ...
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How to repair burn marks on leather clothes?

I left a leather jacket hanging on a chair by the dinner table, there was something hot nearby and now it has a burn mark on the shoulder. It's like the leather shrunk where the heat was, and the ...
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Avoiding view of vest in T-shirt

I have many T-shirts worn during summers.They lack collars. The problem with it is that the straps of the vest i.e sandoz are visible and it looks very odd.You have to insert it underneath the T-shirt ...
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Concealing relatively small objects on my person

I'm not sure this is 100% appropriate for this site since it isn't quite an everyday problem, but here goes. Let's say that I have this special piece of jewelry that I have to show to the doorman of ...
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How can I keep my knits and sweaters from pilling?

After wearing and washing my knits and sweaters several times, they start to pill easily. This can also be said to clothes that are felty. Is there any way to prevent this pilling without using a ...
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What kinds of clothes are suitable to be packed in ziploc bags?

I am putting my clothes into ziploc bags for moving, and then use vacuum to shrink the bags to save space. I wonder what kinds of clothes are suitable to be used in ziploc bags, so that space can be ...
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How to remove static from clothes and self?

I think that because of drying my clothes in dryer, I am recently charged with static. Just now, I "zapped" my colleague just because I was giving him a coin. Obviously, I do not want to be this ...
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How should I store clothes to prevent animal damage and smell?

We are moving across a continent, and planning on staying with relatives until we rent an apartment or house. As such, we decided to only keep a few items like clothes and computer, in a suitcase, ...
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Way to carry a wedding band on your person when it's not on your finger

I'm searching for ways to carry my wedding ring on my person when I want to remove it from my finger. (The band is an indestructible, smooth, wedding band.) The difficulty is that the band has to ...
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Stepped in a puddle before a meeting. How to dry a sock quickly? [duplicate]

I stepped in deep puddle. Darn potholes. I have a meeting in 10 minutes. How can I dry my sock quickly? I have spare shoes. I tried the washroom hand dryer, but the air blows sideways so I can't dry ...
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How to label clothes?

What can I do to label clothes and make then distinguishable? My brother recently started copying my style and started buying same clothes, now here's the real problem. We wear same cloth sizes so it'...
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How to repair synthetic nylon pouch

I've got a zipper pouch made of synthetic material (it feels like nylon but I'm not entirely certain) which is partly made of a loose "mesh" weave: As you can see in the photo above, this ...
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How can I shrink my clothes?

I have some shirts that are too big for me. I know that putting them in the dryer would shrink it but I did that and was not enough. Is there any other (effective) way to make them smaller?
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Cutting glasses cloths out of old clothing [closed]

I have old clothes lying around, many of which don't fit me or are too damaged to be worn outside the house. I also keep losing my glasses cloths a lot. So, why not cut up old T-shirts or similar ...
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How to clean clothes that remain “dusty”

Dust keeps flying out of my clothes even after I wash them. I tried duck tape and trying to vacuum them. That did not work. What else can I try?
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How to remove bicycle oil/grease from waxed jacket

I have a jacket of waxed cotton which has got (dirty) bicycle lubricant on it from a bicycle chain. Unfortunately, I don't know the exact composition of the lubricant because the bike isn't mine. ...
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How to look / dress older?

(I hope this is the appropriate place to ask.) I'm a 23 year old female, 5'2", and I look like I'm high school age or younger. But I am married and want people to think I'm an adult. I need new ...
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How to remove the smell of Lenor Unstoppables from clothing?

I've received a baby sleeping bag and it smells VERY strongly of Lenor Unstoppables which the previous owner liked to use. I've tried soaking it with baking soda, with vinegar, and have washed it ...
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How to prevent keys/keyrings from snagging on clothes

How do I keep split rings used for keeping keys together from snagging on clothes, thereby damaging them? The keyring in the photo above is an extreme example of their ability to destroy clothes: The ...
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Preventing glasses from fogging up when wearing scarf

Wearing a scarf, ski mask, or neck warmer over your nose in winter helps to keep you warm! The problem is that if you wear eyeglasses, the moment you exhale, all of that moisture seems to all end up ...
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How to remove armpit stains?

I have some white T-shirts where the armpits have stains really hard to remove. They are brown-colored stains. What's the way to remove the stains?
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How to remove wax from woolen clothes?

During Christmas I managed to drop some wax of a candle onto my woolen pullover. On most other types of cloth, I would just try to remove it by scrubbing it off, but this does not seems like an ...
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What to do with wet socks?

During the rainy season I often step in a puddle and get wet socks. I normally just change them when I get home but this seems like a waste and causes me to do laundry more frequently. Is there a way ...
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Why do shirt's bottoms “bend” after washing, and how to avoid?

For 2y now I've noticed my shirt's "bottoms" bending like this: (Note that the bottom rolls up) Why does that happen? And... How do I avoid it without having to iron them? Things that I've tried, ...
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Add white dots to a sweater

So I bought a 100% cotton sweater for a Christmas party, except it's borderline Christmas. I wanted to add perfect little white dots to it so that it looked like it was snowing. I had a couple of ...
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How can I avoid sweating while sleeping?

Lately I wake up sweating. Sometimes I have to wake up very early and I don't like to always have to take a shower in the morning. I tried the obvious solution which is sleeping with less clothes but ...
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How to remove color from clothes

When I soaked my new clothes in detergent, I was not aware that some previously washed clothes had left some colors in the water. Those colors have stained my brand new clothes, and I have tried to ...
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How to keep bed dry while lactating

Situation: mother produces more milk than the baby drinks from breastfeeding, the skin is too sensitive to cover it with nursing pads Problem: Without nursing pads, milk will gradually dribble out ...
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How to dry out a wet backpack

I use my backpack a lot and the weather has gotten very rainy. How do I dry it out so I can use it again in a couple hours? So far I try to leave it on a wooden chair close to a heater and unfold it ...
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How to keep colour in clothes?

I've noticed that in jeans, especially new ones, the colour tends to leak from them. Are there any ways to mitigate this? I've heard of washing them in cold water, turning them inside out, and adding ...
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How to get combat boots shined to mirror finish?

I have a pair of combat boots that I use regularly. I need to get them shined to a mirror finish, so that they look like patent leather. I've tried several methods, most of which did no good. I ...
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Remove bad smell from clothes

I buy new clothes and wear them for 2-3 months. I wash them several times during this period. The clothes don't smell fresh anymore, even after washing. The smell is like sweat or ammonia or ...
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Preventing socks from leaving marks on skin

I have a pair of socks that leave marks on the skin. Since I can't throw them away, I need a solution that helps me wear these socks without leaving any mark and feel comfortable as well. Any ...
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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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How to remove sticky color from iron box

Due to mishandle some color of cloth sticked to the iron box surface . Now i cant use because that color sticks on cloth I iron . So give some hacks to remove that color from iron box .
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How can I keep my button/rivet fly jeans closed?

When reading "Ηow can I keep my jeans' zippers from unzipping on their own?", I remembered having a pair of jeans with buttons or rivets instead of a zipper, and that these always came undone. And ...
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How long is a piece of [shoe] string?

My shoe laces seem to wear out quite often. However, all my shoes have different numbers of eyelets and some even have hooks. As stores have laces sealed and just sold by stating how long they are, ...
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Does freezing tights make them more durable? [closed]

Various blog posts and articles suggest that freezing a pair of tights will make them last longer. From a blog named Eclipsed Moon: Put your tights in the freezer. I thought that this was ...
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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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How to prevent laces from untieing? [duplicate]

My shoe laces generally untie on their own. The only way I found is to tie them twice, but that makes it difficult to untie. Tell an easier way to prevent this?
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Alternatives for when you just can't find your bones?

Bones, also called collar stays, are those tiny little things that go in the collars of men's dress shirts. They are super easy to lose. What quick and dirty alternatives are there for when you are ...
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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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Organising ties in closet

For years I have had my ties hanging on an ordinary clothes hanger. However from time to time they either fall down, or is collated on the end and it's a mess. And they are hard to separate, get an ...
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Can I obtain that jeans color with bleach?

I heard one can add bleach in washing machine in order to lighten the colour of a pair of jeans. Could I make the colour of the jeans on the right just like the colour of the jeans on the left using ...
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Open closed zipper without pull tab

Related: How do I quickly open or close a jammed zipper?: In an emergency situation, what would be the fastest way to open a zipper, provided that the use of the pull tab is disabled, and access to ...
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How to fix a nylon zipper that opens itself in the middle?

There is already a good question about fixing a jammed zipper. I have a different zipper question. A nylon zipper on a favorite pair of shorts will not stay closed. After zipping it up, it looks ...
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Cleaning a blood stain from a silk tie

A friend of mine recently moved to a pretty arid climate, and has been experiencing nosebleeds. While he's trying to fix that, he kinda wrecked a brand new silk tie the first day he wore it :( Since ...
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How would I filter rainwater to substitute having to buy distilled water?

I have recently had a rainwater tank installed and it is connected to my laundry. How would I filter rainwater to substitute having to buy distilled water for certain applications like placing water ...