After months of storage, our spring clothes, shoes and jewelry could use a refresh. Here, find easy and affordable pro tips to restore them to their former glory.
Lift tarnish from jewelry with a pencil eraser.
Copper and silver-plated jewelry can oxidize from body oils or changes in humidity, causing green stains to form on the metal of your necklace. To remove them: Gently rub the spots with a pencil eraser (avoid rubbing the gemstones), says Carrie Higgins, author of Organization hacks (Buy on Amazon, $11.99) and Making Lemonade Blog. The rubber instantly removes any tarnish!
Remove lint and pet hair with a mega roller.
If dresses, tops, shorts, and other items have accumulated dust or pet hair in storage and you have a lot of items that need peeling, speed up the process by transforming a paint roller into an extra large lint roller! Simply tape and wrap tape, sticky side out, around a clean roll, roll it over your clothes, and voila.
Bonus Tip: Place a Fur Zapper in your washing machine (Buy from Chewy, $10.99). This nifty tool sticks to the inside wall of the machine and collects lint when your clothes are washed!
Nix sneaker smells with citrus peel.
The sneakers smell a little bad? Try tossing in some lemon zest, colored side up, and let sit overnight. The white pith absorbs moisture and odors, while the citrus scent freshens shoes, notes Becky Rapinchuk, founder of the Clean Mama Website. Also nifty: To protect sneakers from rain, rub an unlit white tealight candle over the fabric, then use a hair dryer set on high to melt the wax; let dry. The wax forms an invisible barrier that keeps water away!
Reshape sun hats with a quick spritz.
Has your favorite hat been crushed or flattened while sitting in a box all winter? Tip from Higgins: Fill a spray bottle with water, lightly mist the hat inside and out, then set your hair dryer to low heat and use it to partially dry the hat. Finally, wear the hat for an hour or two. As it dries, the hat will mold properly to the shape of your head, smoothing out creases.
Refresh moldy clothes with a splash of vodka.
To remove odors from dry-cleaned spring clothes only at home, fill a spray bottle with 1⁄2 cup water, 1⁄4 cup vodka and 5 drops lavender essential oil. Then use it to lightly mist clothes, says Rapinchuk. The alcohol kills mold and odor-causing bacteria, and the scent of the oil refreshes while its antibacterial properties sanitize, all without damaging fabrics!
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This article originally appeared in our print magazine, World Woman.