Here at Who What Wear, we consider ourselves hack experts of sorts—whether it's how to fix scuffed boots or the sercret to dealing with those ultra-annoying knots that form in your necklaces, we're always happy to share the easy fixes. After all, our goal is to empower you to be the best version of yourself—which, we know as well as anyone, can be a challenge as life gets busy.
So, as a follow-up to our popular post from last year detailing a ton of hacks that will help you clean, upgrade, and organise your wardrobe, we did some digging to come up with even more under-the-radar hacks you've probably never heard before. From how to use vodka in your closet (yes, really) to the genius way to wash silk at home, we got you.
Keep scrolling to learn 12 amazing fashion hacks you haven't heard before (but need to)!
Yes, 409 is more than just a household cleaner! As it turns out, the stain-fighter known for removing grease, wine, and other food items from stove and counter tops will also work on your clothes—but you have to act fast. This trick is best for when you spill something on yourself before you even leave the house. (That doesn't just happen to us, right?)
Generally speaking, it's not a good idea to try to clean your silk pieces on your own at home—but if done right, it works without damaging the fabric. Fill a sink with lukewarm water, and add a capful or so of baby shampoo, then give your garment a very gentle and brief wash. Silk should not be exposed to water for more than a few minutes at a time.
If you've ever accidentally rubbed powder or foundation onto your black blouse or dress, then you know how frustrating it can be. Next time it happens, use a baby wipe and gently brush it on the stain—it should come out in a jiffy.
Yes, you can use these random and somewhat bizarre food items to clean your jewellery. Splash a small amount of beer onto a cloth, then rub it across your gold pieces to remove any tarnish or other dirt. This works best with light or (at most) amber-coloured beers. Use a dollop of ketchup on a toothbrush to gently scrub away tarnish on your silver pieces.
Drop a greasy french fry on your lap at dinner last night? No big deal—use a cloth and a little bit of dish soap and the oil spot should come right out. If your french fry made a longer journey down to your new loafers, rub some baby powder over the stain and it should lift out in no time.
For those of you who have put your favourite sneakers through the wringer, this one's for you. Forget everything you learned about the bunny ear method as a wee girl, and try out a new method for lacing those bad boys. There's no shortage suggestions, but the "footbag" method releases pressure on the toes and gives the widest part of your foot more room to breathe.
Next time you want to determine if a set of pearls is fake or the real deal, place them under direct sunlight. If the pearls are real, you will see variations in iridescence and colour; if the pearls are fake, the beads will look completely uniform.
A top secret trick used in the military, rolling your clothes instead of folding them will not only free up a ton more space in your drawers, but will also decrease the wrinkles. (This is also an awesome trick for packing!)
If your suede (shoes, bag, jacket, etc.) is starting to look a little worn and less-than-fresh, buy a cheap toothbrush and give it a light scrubbing. The bristles will breathe some life into the leather, making your beloved suede look (almost) as good as new.
In other words: Vaseline will solve all your problems.
Next to Vaseline, vodka is perhaps the most useful non-fashion fix for revitalizing your favourite pieces. By mixing a small amount of vodka with water, you can do the following: spray it onto vintage or pre-worn clothing to remove unwanted odours, clean your crystal jewellery, and even give your favourite sunglasses a little polish. Dear vodka, we love you.
If you've ever washed a load of shorts and tops from your last round of hot yoga classes, then you know all too well how unpleasant an experience it can be, and how infuriating it is when the garments still smell after washing them. The solution? Rub a little bit of vinegar directly on sweat stains before tossing clothes into the wash. Sweat stains (and odor), be gone!
What are some of your favourite fashion hacks? Tell us in the comments below!