Even when we're taking care of ourselves, we can come across little snags that throw off our confidence. Health magazine pulled together a few quick fashion fixes using everyday items so the next time you notice a few wrinkles in your shirt or a stray deodorant stain, you can tackle the problem no matter where you are and go right back to feeling fabulous.
Quick fix #1: Flat iron
If you're traveling or at the office and you don't have a regular iron and board at your disposal, you might have access to your favorite hair tools. A flat iron is great for removing wrinkles quickly when you're in a bind. Be very conscious of the heat setting, some fabrics are delicate and straighteners can get very hot. The size and shape of the flat iron can also help to get to some of those hard-to-reach wrinkles, like in between the buttons on a button-down shirt.
Problem: Sweat stains
Quick fix #2: Baby powder
Now, if you do have an iron, this is a great trick that will get you more wear out of your white shirts that tend to stain easily under the arms. Sometimes the best quick-fix is thinking ahead — stop these stains before they start! Sprinkle a little baby powder on your white shirt's underarms and collar — anywhere you're prone to sweat — then iron to set it. It creates a barrier that prevents the sweat from seeping into threads and creating a stain.
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Quick fix #3: Deodorant
New shoes can be tough on your feet. There are a bunch of products out there that promise to prevent blisters caused by your shoes, but you can actually use something you already have! Roll some clear gel deodorant on wherever you're likely to get blisters. This lubricates the foot just enough to avoid the friction that causes those painful blisters. It's actually best if you can apply this directly to your feet, but any way you can create that barrier will work.
Problem: Linty clothes
Quick fix #4: Hairspray
We all experience the problem of removing clothes from the dryer and finding traces of lint stuck to your jeans and sweaters. It's almost impossible to remove it all by hand, but if you don't have a lint roller, your regular can of hairspray will do the trick. Just spray a good amount on a clean cloth and lightly rub over the dirty area. The stickiness will pick up any problematic lint.
Problem: Thin / fragile tights
Another great use for your hairspray is to add a bit of strength to your pantyhose. If your stockings are thin and delicate, give them a light spray and let them dry. This will strengthen the elasticity, so when you put them on, they're less prone to rips.
Problem: Deodorant marks
Quick fix #5: Pantyhose
You can actually use these same pantyhose to remove those pesky white deodorant smudges from your clothing! Just rub in little circles around the area and the marks will vanish. The fibers of the stockings rubbing against your clothes is what helps to get rid of the marks quickly.
Quick fix #6: Twist ties
Problem: Loose buttons
If you're out and about and a button pops off your shirt or coat, a twist tie can save you in a pinch. Chances are this will happen when you're nowhere near your sewing kit. Find a twist tie from a loaf of bread or bag of candy — certain kinds of garbage bags actually come with whole sheets of them. Remove the paper from the tie to reveal the thin wire inside. You're basically going to use this as a stand-in for thread. Weave the wire through the front of the button holes and send it through the old thread holes. Twist or knot on the other side of the fabric and your button will stay put!
For more great tips, visit Health magazine online.
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