Remove ink stains
Soak ink-stained white shirts in milk overnight to loosen the ink before washing – the shirt will be gleaming again in no time.
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Fix stretched jumper sleeves
Keep the elastic around jumper wrists tight by reinforcing with an extra layer of elastic on the inside of sleeves. It’ll also keep pushed-up sleeves in place during art class so you don’t have to deal with paint stains.
Avoid loose buttons
Dab a small amount of clear nail polish over shirt buttons to keep the threads from fraying and getting loose. You’ll never have to sew a button on again.
If paint has dried onto shirts or jumpers, scrape off the excess, then flush out the rest with warm water from behind the stain. Sponge with washing-up liquid mixed with water, rinse and repeat.
Remove glue stains from clothes
PVA glue is water-based, so soak clothing in cold water overnight, and then wash as normal. It’ll be good as new.
DIY shoe cleaner
Keep leather looking fresh by removing stains with a mixture of cold water and vinegar. Run out of polish? Buff with moisturiser or Vaseline to keep the leather supple.
Prevent ladders in tights
Give clean tights a light spray with hairspray before wearing to give some extra protection to delicate fibres.
Use white (not gel) toothpaste, and rub the stain gently with a soft toothbrush. Leave to sit overnight, then put it on a normal wash cycle.
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