FACT: By keeping your clothes in good condition, or by repairing or recycling them, you can cut pollution by stopping clothing waste from ending up in landfills, and you will save money at the same time.Do you have a pair of shoes sitting in the cupboard that you would love to wear but are a bit small in the front? How about a favourite pair of jeans, but the zipper constantly falls down? You can easily fix small issues your clothing items may have by using these ‘fashion hacks’. By making small repairs, adjustments or following tips to keep your clothes in prime condition, you can make the life of your clothes longer and also avoid them sitting unworn in your cupboard and eventually being thrown out and ending up in landfill. The cost of taking care of your clothes is much cheaper than simply buying something new. The fashion industry in general has a very heavy carbon footprint so whenever you can avoid buying something new, not only are you saving money but cutting pollution too!
Here are our favourite fashion hacks this week…
2. Stretch out tight shoes by placing a bag of water in each and leaving them in the freezer overnight.
3. Get scratches out of leather bags by rubbing a tiny bit of moisturiser into the scratch with an ear-bud until the scratch is gone.
4. To remove yellow sweat stains from white shirts, spray the affected areas with lemon juice before you put them in the wash.
5. Spray tights with hairspray to prevent runs.
6. To clean dirt off suede, remove the crust from a piece of bread and allow it to become stale. Gently rub the stain with the edge of the stale bread, and it will disappear.
Hot Tip: To see which clothes you never wear, turn all your hangers in one direction, and as you take out clothes to wear, hang them back up with the hanger facing the opposite direction. After one year, it’s time to rethink what to do with the clothes that are still hanging in the original direction. You could use a DIY or fashion hack to turn the items into something new that you’ll wear, upcycle them, have a clothes swap , or donate them .