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12 clothing hacks everyone should know to save tons of money on clothing expenses!
According to the Bureau of Labour Statistics, the average person spends between 1500-1800 on clothing annually (2015 statistics)
Clothing is undoubtedly a big expense, especially if your household is big. This is why I’ve created this post in the hopes that those hacks can help you save some extra cash and put it towards something with a better return on investment.
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It is my aim on this post to help you at least cut your clothing expenses 1/4 this year, with a few simple, fun hacks that will help you keep your $$ in your pockets or well invested.
The best part is that you already have most, if not all the items you need lying around your home!
Clean old looking, limp shoes with Nail Polish remover
If you have some crusty looking tennis shoes or converses in the back of your closet, then you can have them looking brand spanking new with some Nail polish remover in no time!
Process: Use a piece of cotton and apply some nail polish remover and rub it gently into the ‘white’ section of your tennis shoes or converses. This will help lift up all the dirt and grime from it and make it look amazing!
This is also a way to keep your kids and husbands (partners) shoes looking fresh and save extra.
Use baking soda to fight shoe odors.
If you’re like most people, you like to throw away old stinking shoes.
Why not right? No one wants to walk around with smelling funky due to old moldy shoes.
Sprinkling some Baking soda into them will help get rid of the smell and have your shoes smelling fresh again.
Again, this is great for saving your shoes, but also awesome for your kids or partners shoes, since we all know these tend to get really smelly, really fast.
Savings: Anywhere from $15-$100 per pair
Get rid of shoe smell with tea bags
This method also works wonders for getting rid of odors in shoes. Try it out if you have this problem. Just add a tea bag to each shoe and let it sit overnight. The next day, the odor will be gone!
Remove chewing gum from old jeans.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve sat on gum quite a few time sin my life and surprisingly enough, it mostly happens when I’m wearing something I actually like.
If you have done this before (or your children have), use this method to remove the gum, rather than tossing your clothing away.
Get some ice and add it to a small Ziploc bag. Place this on the affected area for about 30 minutes. When this is done, place the article of clothing into a bigger Ziploc, close it shut and place it in your freezer overnight. The next day, it should be pretty easy to scrape off that gum without leaving the gum residue.
Savings: Cost of a pair of new jeans
Easily adjust zippers that won’t go up
If you have a pair of jeans that has a zipper which refuses to go up. Here is a quick fix:
Find a thin hair tie and hook it through the small hole in your zipper. Pull up your zipper using the hair tie and wind it around your button. Now button up and you can’t even tell it’s there!
This technique has helped me save my older (fav) jeans more times than I care to remember.
Fix stuck zippers
If you have zippers that are stuck and won’t budge (unlike the one above which wouldn’t stay up) simply use a cotton swab to rub some vaseline on the zipper and you’re good to go. You can also rub a dry bar of soap on the zipper to help loosen it up. They both work like charms!
Resize shrunken clothing
How many time has this happened to you? One of your favorite articles of clothing can’t get past your arms or legs, not because you’ve put on weight, but because it’s become shrunken A simple way to fix this is to soak this piece of clothing in some water and shampoo and it will get back to its original size.
Make scuffed suede shoes look like new
If you have suede shoes with scuffs, a simple hack is to use a pencil eraser and erase the stuff away! It really works and you will never know you have a scuff on your suede shoes.
Remove scuff marks from Patent leather
Use good old vaseline to get rid of scuff marks from your patent leather shoes. Just apply a little to the affected area and the marks should vanish!
Get rid of yellowish underarm stains
Using equal parts lemon and water can help get rid of yellow underarm stains. Have a look at Topcleaningsecrets.com to learn more.
Use hairspray to remove lipstick stains.
Stop losing your matching socks
Use a safety pin to secure your pair of socks before throwing them in the washer so that they’re always kept together and you’re not stuck replacing socks of a regular basis.
Those easy hacks will help you save a nice chunk of money while still being able to keep sentimental items that you really don’t want to get rid of.
If you have any more clothing hacks that can help save money, please share with me in the comments section.