We all like to have a spotless wardrobe, which is why it’s so frustrating when our regular care and washing techniques are not enough to keep them like that. From the colors of your favorite shirt dulling to a scuff mark ruining your best leather boots, it might seem like these problems are inevitable. But you can turn back time on them! All you have to do is follow these tips to keep your clothes bright and clean, and your shoes shining all the time.
These seven awesome laundry and shoe cleaning hacks will help you extend your wardrobe’s life using only a few common household items. They’re so easy to follow that you won’t have to go out of your way too much, and the results will speak for themselves. Try them today!
1. Give your dirty sneakers a new life
You can give those old and dirty sneakers a new life using only a toothbrush and a variety of different items you probably have in the house already. First, give your shoes a shiny new finish by dipping the toothbrush into a non-toxic wood cleaner and scrubbing the surface with it until it’s sudsy; once you go all over the shoe, wipe the excess off with a damp cloth. If you don’t have (or don’t want to use) wood cleaner, you can replace it with a mix of lemon juice and baking soda, or simple toothpaste. It’s the overall best way to clean shoes at home.
2. Get rid of wrinkles with ice cubes
It’s been proven that throwing a couple of ice cubes into the dryer along with your laundry will help keep the latter free of wrinkles. You should not add too many ice cubes, however—two or three will do the trick. Also, don’t turn the dryer to the hottest setting or overcrowd it with too many items at once. The heat will turn the ice cubes into water and then into steam, which will eliminate the wrinkles from them. If you want to freshen up a piece of clothing that you have to wear in a rush, do this and it will come out smelling great and free of wrinkles!
3. Brighten up your dull whites with lemons
This is a Martha Stewart original, so you know it’s going to work great! If you want to brighten up your white clothes, slice some lemons and throw them into a pot full of water and bring to a boil. Turn off the heat and add your clothes, then let them soak for about an hour before taking them out. Finally, wring the water out and hang them to dry in the sunlight, and you’ll see how they end up brighter than ever before!
4. Make your blacks darker with coffee
Now let’s do something for those black clothes that are starting to look a little dull. Simply brew two cups of coffee or black tea and add them into the washing machine to act as a natural dye that will strengthen the black colors and give the item an overall darker hue than it already has. Then, wash your clothes normally to get rid of the smell, and presto! Plus, your washing machine is going to smell pretty amazing after you’re done. WARNING: Don’t try this with any items other than strictly black clothes, or you will end up with a seriously stained and darkened wardrobe.
5. Get rid of stains and scuff marks on your leather shoes
Nothing ruins a pair of leather shoes and boots like a scuff mark. You might think they’re a lost cause, but a little bit of petroleum jelly (such as Vaseline) can help you get them out without further damaging your shoe; just apply it over the affected area using a cotton swab to soften and remove the scuff. To get rid of water stains, mix water and white vinegar then apply it to the stain using a soft-bristled toothbrush, which should remove them instantly. As an extra tip, if you want to make your shoes waterproof, rub them with beeswax to create a powerful protective cover.
6. Deodorize your shoes forever!
This neat little recipe will make sure that your shoes (even your workout sneakers) never smell foul again. All you have to do is mix baking soda, cornstarch, and essential oils (make sure to stir carefully to break the clumps). Once your mix is ready, create a little sachet with a small, square scrap of fabric and twine; put some of the powdery mixture into the sachet and tie it closed with the twine, then put them into your shoes whenever you’re not using them, and voilá!
7. Remove grease stains easily
Grease stains are people’s worst nightmare because they are so hard to remove—you might even need professional help for them. When it comes to clothes, however, it might surprise you to learn that chalk and baby powder work great on grease. Quickly rub the chalk or the baby powder over the affected area then wipe off the excess and repeat until the stain is gone. You can follow this up with a regular wash, and the soap will have an easier job finishing off the stain.