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

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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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How to prevent creases and imprints while hanging clothing to dry to prevent ironing?

Wet clothing has to dry. My only option to get it dry is to hang it. (no dryer) There are a few options to do this, which both get the job done: hang the items of clothing on the line as they are ...
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How to tell a person their fly is down [closed]

I was in line at a coffee shop and a very animated, friendly group (2 guys, 2 girls) was just in front of me. They were talking away happily about what seemed like work-related issues - so I assume ...
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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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Replacement for watchband loop?

The loop on my watchband broke, but the band and watch are both otherwise fine. Now when I wear it, the tail end of the watchband sticks out awkwardly. What can I use as a replacement for the loop ...
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How can I stretch a shirt?

I currently have a t-shirt that only barely fits. I know that if I were to put it in the dryer after I wash it, it will shrink, so I've been taking it out after the wash and air-drying it. This is ...
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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 fix zipper? [duplicate]

The zipper on my school bag is stuck. Is there any way to fix zippers on bags, clothes, etc.?
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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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Eliminate smoke smell from BBQ out of clothing

I was at a BBQ and because of some stronger wind, there was a lot of smoke from the fire so now my clothing is smelling after it. Are there any quick solutions to get the smell of smoke out of ...
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How to get sock marks off legs quickly

I have to wear boots with socks all day for work and then when I want to go out at night and wear a skirt with bare legs, I have lines from my socks around my ankles. Has anyone found a way of making ...
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Remove coffee stains

Today I spilled some coffee on my white formal shirt. I tried to wash off the portion with water, soaked the part of shirt in milk(crazy isn't it).. But these two options didn't work. Any ...
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How to remove color bleed stain?

Recently, I bought some new cloths, one of them is a jean, and some other white cloths. By accident, I washed the jeans together with other light colored cloths, and the white cloths got colored. When ...
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How can I best to get rid of/avoid dog hair on clothes

Our labrador has long white hair and even though we regularly brush her and vacuum clean to get rid of as much as we can, we're constantly finding white hairs on clothes - even before ironing/hanging ...
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How to remove Sweat stains from clothing?

In the Summer, you will usually sweat a large amount or a little, at least. This is natural, but the stain that results(especially in white clothing) is annoying and unsightly. What can I do to clean ...
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How to not lose an oversized ring?

My girlfriend's fingers are becoming slightly thinner with time. Her ring is now a bit too big for her finger. She tried to switch from one finger to another. The two thumbs are too big (and it would ...
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How to remove pigments from white clothes that have been accidentally laundered with strong colors clothes?

Accidentally I've laundered white socks with a red t-shirt. Now I have pink socks. So my question is: How to remove pigments from white clothes that have been accidentally laundered with strong colors ...
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How to iron clothes at high temperature setting?

I have observed if I iron clothes at higher temperature setting, it fades away the color of my clothes. But if I lower the temperature then, it doesn't iron the clothes well and it takes more time to ...
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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 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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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 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 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 can I neutralize the odours of certain washing detergents?

Brands of clothes washing detergents such as Tide, Gain, and Downey contain a strong chemical odour which is offensive to me. No amount of airing-out will diminish this odour. Things washed using ...
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How can I get wrinkles out of a dress I can't Iron or wash?

I recently bought a pretty, secondhand prom dress from a thrift shop. Unfortunately, it is covered in little wrinkles! It is made out of a silky, polyester fabric, and has little dots of glitter. ...
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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 do I keep the buttons of my clothes from unraveling/fraying?

With many shirts and sweaters with buttons I find that over the period of usage the threads inside the buttons start to unravel. Eventually this causes the button to pop off unexpectedly. How can I ...
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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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How to make small shoes fit bigger feet [duplicate]

I received a pair of nice sneakers as a gift. I like them a lot, but they are about a size too small. I can squeeze into them, but it is very uncomfortable. How can I expand the shoes, so that they ...
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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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Which is the fastest way to iron a long sleeved shirt with good results?

I have some long sleeved shirts that I wear to work. But they are hard to iron and demand a considerable time of ironing to get good results (get most smooth as possible). So I wondered: Which is the ...
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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 grease stains from clothes

I was eating pizza and I got some grease on one of my nicer shirts (I know, I probably shouldn't eat pizza and wear nice clothes). The stain is pretty visible and after washing the shirt, it was still ...
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How to keep gloves from getting sweaty?

When shoveling snow in the winter, if my gloves are warm enough to keep my hands warm, they tend to sweat and get the gloves wet from the inside out. How can I prevent this?
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How to keep trouser fly up? [duplicate]

Some of my trousers can't keep the fly up. It's annoying and sometimes awkward to get it up, particulary in public. How can I prevent them from opening while walking? One solution I already know is ...
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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 do I prevent/fix holes in the front pockets of my jeans?

If you have already seen my other question regarding clothing you may think I look like a bum. But I actually don't and I also don't care what you're thinking. The problem is that I get a hole in the ...
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How to clean a baseball cap?

I dropped a baseball cap in a puddle of mud. I'm afraid to drop it in the laundry. How can I best clean it?
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When removing a stain from white cotton linens does not work, what's the most effective way to remove all color from the stain?

I have a perfectly white cotton flat sheet that has several small stains ranging from dark orange to light grey. The dark orange ones may even be small burn marks or rust stains. I have tried ...
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How to remove dust from clothing without washing?

I recently cut something out using a Dremel Saw and as some of you may know - these can get dust everywhere. I wasn't using any sort of extractor fan to remove the dust while sawing so it was free to ...
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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 to prevent outline marks on trousers?

Some of you may have noticed that if you have fairly tight trousers on - such as chinos - if you have anything in your pocket, such as a phone, ID card, or coins and such things, after a while ...
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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 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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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 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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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 to remove / prevent burns on a shirt from an iron?

So recently whenever I've been ironing my shirts for work I have found that when I do the collar of cuffs, the iron will sometimes leave a brown stain, almost as if it is burning the shirts. I don't ...
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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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How to differentiate between natural and synthetic fibers quickly?

I'd like to comply with and apply this advice immediately from this comment by user Kopanoak, UNDER the actual news article, but how do I discriminate between these fibres easily, swiftly, and ...