1. Prevent ladders with hairspray

 

While you have no doubt applied nail varnish to ladders, a tried and trusted way of preventing them in the first place is to spray your tights with hairspray.

 

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2. Make your own easy leather stain-remover

 

A simple solution of cold water and vinegar will remove stains from your leather shoes and jackets.

 

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3. Remove shoe odours with baking soda

 

If your shoes are a little bit worse for wear, stick a sachet of baking soda inside to absorb the odours until your next outing.

 

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4. Use ice to remove gum

 

Chewing gum is a major nuisance when it comes to clothes, and many people make a royal mess of removing it. Try rubbing the gum with an ice cube, making sure that the gum is as hard as possible before pulling off.

 

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5. Iron collars with your hair straightener

 

You’re ironing your shirt and it’s all going well – until you reach that pesky collar. A guaranteed way to ensure a wrinkle-free collar is to run your straightening plates over it.

 

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6. Use baby powder on oil stains

 

Many consider a garment ruined once it falls victim to an oil stain, but there is a very simply solution: spill some baby powder over the stain and leave it overnight.

 

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7. De-bobble with a razor

 

Have a favourite pair of jeans or sweater that didn’t wear as well as you imagined? Grab your razor and run it over those bobbles – it will look as good as new.

 

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8. Use lemon juice on sweat stains

 

If you are about to put on a shirt that tends to soak up sweat stains, simply spray the soon-to-be affected area with lemon juice to prevent absorption into the material.

 

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9. Stretch out your shoes with ice

 

How many of us will go ahead and purchase a pair of shoes, even if they don’t fit perfectly in the store? If you can relate, and you need to stretch out a pair, fill plastic bags with water and sit them into the shoes, placing them in the freezer overnight.

 

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10. Reattach strings with a safety pin

 

We can all relate to the struggle of losing a string from a sweater or your pyjama-bottoms. To get the string back in, attach a safety pin at one end and get to work on pulling it through. The pin will provide a solid base to make the task easier.

 

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