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

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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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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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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 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 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 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 do I avoid wrinkles in dress pants placed on a hanger?

I am constantly using dress pants for work or other events. I iron these pants in advance, and sometimes, they ended up with a wrinkle because of the hanger's curvature. Is there any type of hack that ...
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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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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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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 keep shirts white?

Over time (and the course of many washing cycles), my white shirts all turn gray. How should I treat these shirts to maintain their crisp white appearance? I have read How to make a yellowish white ...
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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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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 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 clean up after tissue paper got into the washing machine?

This happens once a while: I put some tissue or paper material (e.g. a receipt) into some pocket of some clothing, but forget to take it out before putting the clothing into the washing machine. After ...
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How to remove mould (fungus) from clothes?

I had left some wet clothes in a damp place for somever days due to my carelessness. The clothes have now developed black mould. Washing clothes with detergent simply does not help. What is the way ...
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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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Defusing hook and loop fastener's dangers to other materials

Hook and loop fasteners (hereafter shortened to velcro) are incredibly handy. But it is also dangerous to other material. Especially outdoor clothing is often found to be adorned with many velcro ...
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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 dry clothes without clothes line or laundry dryer

Because the clothes line was already occupied and we do not have a laundry dryer I was stuck with a load of washed clothes and no place to dry them. What are some alternative ways to dry your clothes? ...
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Fold hack for tons of washed clothes

We recently moved with a relative family and there are a lot of clothes that get washed. My wife is type 1 and with all kids and baby she is drained of energy. I wanted to find out if there is a quick ...
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How to quickly dry the thermals in winters without squeezing or hanging them?

The tags on thermals say: Do not squeeze. Do not hang. So, what would be the quickest way to dry them during winters? I do not have a dryer.
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Washing face towels

I have acne prone skin so I use a face towel to dry off my face. When it gets dirty I want to wash it on the highest temperature but I don't want to wash it with anything else that can contaminate it (...
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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 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 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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How to clean leather wallet that has been soaked in coffee?

I have a leather wallet which was in my backpack during an unfortunate coffee-thermos incident. Basically, the lid came off the thermos and everything in the backpack became soaked in the coffee. ...
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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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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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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 unclog a sock in my vacuum cleaner hose, when I can't pull it out with a wire clothes hanger?

My grandpa accidentally vacuumed a sock with his Bissell 41221 pictured below. He peered at the pipe, and see the sock clogged at the green arrow. He detached the Dry Floor Nozzle, but he doesn't ...
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Removing deodorant build up from t-shirts

My boyfriends t-shirts often get crusty deodorant build up which doesn't go away after washing. Is there an easy, sure-fire way to remove this? Preventative (Bonus round)- My shirts never do this, ...
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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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Removing Stains Off Denim

I just got my black denim jeans back from the laundry and unfortunately it seems white stains have developed all over it. I've tried washing them out with plain water however that doesn't seem to work....
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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 Prevent and Fix Shrinking Cashmere

I've recently purchased new cashmere sweaters. To my dismay, after only one or two washes, the sweaters shrunk and are now too small and no longer fit. Prevent How can I prevent cashmere sweaters ...
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Is there a way to prevent washcloths from getting rough?

Washcloths used for bathing/showers seem to lose their softness and start feeling rough really quickly. And putting them through the wash doesn’t completely restore them. Is there a certain way of ...
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How to make a 100% cotton shirt repel moisture?

I bought a casual 100% cotton button-down shirt the other day from the brand ESP fashion. I live in Bangkok, Thailand and it's crazy hot here at the moment (or any moment), so I figured a white one ...
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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 can I stop dress shirts from billowing in the back/on the sides? [duplicate]

I've noticed that around a couple hours after I tuck in my dress shirt to my suit, the sides and back will begin to puff out. And even when I tuck in the sides, the back will have a lot of excess ...
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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 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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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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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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What causes these marks on my chinos, and how can I get rid of them?

I have a pair of chinos, which are my most comfortable pair of trousers - the problem is that after the second or third wash, they look like this: Note the white lines, which have formed along more ...
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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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Red wine out of white cotton shirt

Some red wine (red mascotta) was splashed onto a nice new white shirt that has been worn maybe 5 times. This happened about 3 hours ago and I just noticed it now. The material is cotton. What ...
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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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Any Glove For Hyperhidrosis While On The Computer?

I have hyperhidrosis which is a skin condition which makes you sweat excessively. So my palms are always dripping wet so whenever I'm on the laptop, my mouse gets soaked and I don't like that. I have ...