One of the most overlooked assets in our lives is our wardrobe. Think about all the money you have invested into your clothing pieces, as well as your children’s clothing and the various upholstered items in your home, like rugs, blankets, seat cushions, curtains, and more. These assets are important investments that should be cared for and nurtured on a routine basis to ensure optimal longevity. Basically, you want to take good care of your clothing and fabrics to get the most out of your money!
Continue below to review some frequently asked questions about clothing care basics, such as how to get sap and ink out of your clothes, and even information about specialty fabrics, homemade fabric softeners, clothing alterations and hacks, and much more!
FAQS About Clothing Care
Which Tools Should I Have in a Sewing Kit?
You can purchase prepackaged sewing kits that come with a wide array of sewing supplies and materials. But sometimes, customizing your own kit is more cost efficient. To make your own sewing kit, start with the basics, such as a selection of needles, thread, pin cushion, ribbon ruler, scissors, finger presser, seam ripper, fabric marking pen, and stitch markers.
How Do I Make Homemade Fabric Softener?
Not only is homemade fabric softener an Eco-friendly alternative to the chemicals used in commercial products, but it is also more cost-effective too. See our blog, “Instructions for Homemade Fabric Softener” for step-by-step instructions!
Can I Remove Sweat Stains From the Pits of My Shirt?
One of the most effective ways to get rid of perspiration stains is to pre-treat armpit stains with an enzyme-based stain remover, such as OxiClean® Max Force Laundry Stain Remover Spray, or Zout® Triple Enzyme Formula Laundry Stain Remover Spray, both available on Amazon.com for under $10. Simply pre-treat the affected area, and then launder as usual. You can also make a solution of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda.
How Do I Fix a Snagged Thread in My Sweater?
You never want to cut a snagged thread because it will only make it unravel further and cause more damage. Instead, follow these instructions for the best results:
Thread your needle. And you don’t even have to knot it at the end. Insert your needle and thread through the loop of the snag and pull it through until the end of the thread is close to the snag. Then tie a knot to the loop of the snag.
Using your scissors, cut off any excess thread that hangs after the knot. Insert the needle at the base of the snag loop. Be sure to get as close to the base as possible to blend it in with the rest of the fabric.
Then pull the needle through the fabric, and out through the inside of the garment. The snag should disappear on the outside! From here, you can either untie the knot in the thread, or you can just trim the thread with your scissors.
Can I Get Ink Out of Leather?
Leather is a delicate, luxury fabric that requires a higher degree of care and attention. Finding ink stains on such investment pieces can be quite devastating, especially considering the price tag. The best thing you can do when it comes to ink on leather is act fast. As soon as you discover an ink stain, begin the steps to remove it, promptly. See our blog, “How to Get Ink Out of Leather” for step-by-step instructions!
How Do I Remove Pet Hair From My Clothes?
Here are options for pet hair removal from clothing and fabrics: Velcro Hair Rollers, rubber Cleaning Gloves, Fabric Softener Sheets, Tennis Balls, Rubber Broom, Balloons, Kitchen Sponges, and Pumice Stones.
How Do I Choose the Right Shapewear?
Choose the proper shapewear for your body and garment by staying in your correct size range (do not go down a size for a tighter fit), narrowing down the shape you are looking for (full body transformation, lower body, upper body, etc.), and choosing the right material for the season. In the warmer seasons, opt for a cotton or cotton-blend material to keep you cool. Avoid nylons, spandex, and synthetic blends.
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