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    • MSE Jenny
    • By MSE Jenny 29th Sep 09, 3:22 PM
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    MSE Jenny
    Great ‘Take care of your wardrobe’ Hunt
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    • 29th Sep 09, 3:22 PM
    Great ‘Take care of your wardrobe’ Hunt 29th Sep 09 at 3:22 PM
    Looking after your clothes carefully means less cash on new outfits. So we want to tap MoneySavers for practical tips on keeping their wardrobe pristine, whether it’s cleaning, fixing or dying.

    How do you polish scruffy shoes, store posh frocks and revive battered handbags? As an example, salvage old flip flops by soaking them Daz for 10 mins, and scrubbing them with an old toothbrush; the results are like a Cillit Bang advert!

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    • ifonlyitwaseasier
    • By ifonlyitwaseasier 29th Sep 09, 3:28 PM
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    well my fave is to polish my shoes with a banana skin (inside mushy bit!) shiny and lovely

    *disclaimer* i only use it on dark leather shoes * * *

    i also use cedar wood in my wardrobe and draws to keep moths at bay, only needs a light sand every couple of months to keep the little blighters at bay!

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    • Penelope Penguin
    • By Penelope Penguin 29th Sep 09, 3:29 PM
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    Stuff wet shoes or boots with newspaper. After a few hours remove, and if it's wet, then replace with fresh. Boots dry far quicker this way

    Penny. x
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    • 29th Sep 09, 3:34 PM
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    Stretch shoes which are too tight or leather too stiff by stuffing with wet newspaper and leaving somewhere warm to dry.
    • Butterfly Brain
    • By Butterfly Brain 29th Sep 09, 3:36 PM
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    If you have a dress and the top is a bit tatty unpick at the waist then use the top to make a waistband you then have a skirt from something you would probably throw out.
    I use vaseline on shoes to help waterproof them and give them a good buff for a brilliant shine.
    If you do throw out any clothes always remove the buttons and zips first and use them for other projects.
    Learn to knit - you can make all sorts of things and hand knitting really does last longer and is warmer than anything you can buy in a shop.
    • pol
    • By pol 29th Sep 09, 3:42 PM
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    I polish my boots with potato peelings. It's perfect for the legs where I hate having to use ordinary polish and brush up, as you only need to wipe with a soft cloth when dry. I always put old magazines in them to keep the shape too.

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    Last edited by MSE Deborah; 06-10-2009 at 6:57 PM.
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    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 29th Sep 09, 3:46 PM
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    An Old Style saying that is very true... 'A stitch in time saves nine'

    If you notice that something is fraying or needs repairing, fix it sooner rather than later because if you leave it, it will be a much bigger job.

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    A fabric debobbler such as the D-Fuzz-It comb only costs about a pound from haberdashers (and you can often get them on Ebay). You drag them across your bobbly jumpers to make them look like new - very effective!
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    • Waggle Dancer
    • By Waggle Dancer 29th Sep 09, 4:56 PM
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    I haven't got a huge amount of wardrobe space so once the weather gets cooler I pack away all the summer clothes that I have hanging in there into plastic crates and stash them out of the way on top out of sight.

    That way I've got room to hang my winter clothes without them getting squashed.

    I do the same at the end of winter when I pack away my cold weather stuff and hang up my warmer weather clothes.

    It's a good opportunity to check the clothes over.....and to think whether I actually wore it last year.....if not, do I really need it?
  • Mrs Thrify
    Aw... A new topic on the clothes in your wardrobe.

    My tip is to have a good sort out every few months and take a carrier bag or two to the charity bins.
    I splash out when I find a good deal in the sales/ on line shops.

    Some clothes I keep for longer than others, it depends if it is a favourite, what shop it came from, how decorative or seasonal it is.

    Coat hangers play a good part, we have a mixture = plastic for hanging wet washing on, wooden ones, trouser/skirt hangers. My favourite was a pack I bought that when you hang your clothes on they never fall off. They are blue with some kind of special coating.
    If winter comes, can spring be far behind?
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    • Frugalista
    • By Frugalista 29th Sep 09, 5:20 PM
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    I bought a load of Ikea plastic shoe trees (approx 99p per set) and keep them in all my best shoes. Stops them getting squashed and mis-shapen in the bottom of the wardrobe.
    "Men are generally more careful of the breed(ing) of their horses and dogs than of their children" - William Penn 1644-1718
    • esmf73
    • By esmf73 29th Sep 09, 6:07 PM
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    Keep all your costume jewellery up on a pinboard that is fixed to the inside of your wardrobe. If you group earings and necklaces together it is easier to pick accessories to go with your outfit! Lets face it - if they're not on display they're hidden in a drawer and rarely get worn!

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    Last edited by MSE Deborah; 06-10-2009 at 6:56 PM.
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  • rosieben
    I have a change-of-season look through my clothes and shoes. I sort out anything that needs dry cleaning or repair and throw anything that's not paying for the space it takes up. I've found a pair of expensive leather shoes in the cupboard; the soles are hardly worn but they're badly scratched. I'm thinking a brown dye will make them good as new for the winter.
    ... don't throw the string away. You always need string!

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    • Patchwork Quilt
    • By Patchwork Quilt 29th Sep 09, 7:14 PM
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    Patchwork Quilt
    I redye my jeans back to black every so often. I think greying jeans look scruffy and it means I don't need to search around for a pair that fits/I can afford.

    Similarly, I dyed a load of clothes in cotton and linen this summer so that they would all match. It meant I had several new mix and match outfits instead of various random bits of clothing that didn't go together.
  • LJM
    i tend to sell some of my wardrobe on sites such as ebay and renew it also from ebay or charity shop least that way i am only spending money i have made from selling old clothes
    Is loving life right now,yes I am a soppy fool who believes in the simple things in life
    • CRANKY40
    • By CRANKY40 29th Sep 09, 8:23 PM
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    If you are washing anything with a zip fastener (like jeans), then zip up the zip fastener before you place it in the washing machine. It stops other items getting snagged on the teeth of the zip.
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    • luxor4t
    • By luxor4t 29th Sep 09, 8:26 PM
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    I have a 'capsule collection' of work clothes ie basic items like skirt / trousers / jacket /couple of blouses / cardi in classic shapes & toning colour (I'm going with navy atm but it was black a few years back) that I can mix & match and use different accessories with. Saves buying lots of garments, everything matches & I can always put together an outfit quickly.

    I iron carefully & love to starch my blouses - seems to add extra life. I also handwash tights after each wearing. I used to keep them in the freezer, but I got fed-up with DH's jokes :rolleyes:.

    I do the running repairs as soon as possible - I mend before washing to really save nine stitches! - and I keep all the spare buttons in one place so I can't lose them. I do have a small sewing kit in the bedroom for emergencies.

    As a kid I hated having to wear 'home made' clothes & resented being given an 18th birthday sewing machine (bratty me wanted a gold necklace ) but I can now alter or even remake garments, replace zips etc so DD & I sit down at the start of a season & plan our alterations so that we can use what we've got. Recent highlights include long skirts into shorter ones, trousers into cut-offs, a dress into a skirt, Kidston floral tea towels into a shoulder bag ....

    I love dying things to get more usage: I've just dyed DD's rubbed cream satin 'posh frock' shoes a vibrant red, ready for the Christmas parties. They'll be black in January

    Oh, and a properly fitting bra makes clothes hang better
  • mrsmcdade
    I would recommend spraying leather handbags with Collonil waterstop. It means that they do not get ruined by rain and last a lot longer.

    Use a disposable razor on your bobbly bits too! (Cardigans, leggings, etc obviously :P)
  • Olliebeak
    I like to keep my shoes in their original boxes where possible with the pictures facing outwards at the bottom of my wardrobe and never put them away dirty. I also got some of those clear plastic boxes (meant to be for shoes) free with some large storage chests, and I keep my good handbags in those.

    With clothes, always do repairs/replace buttons as soon as you notice that they need doing; hang dark coloured clothes inside out on the washing line to stop them from fading in sunlight; where possible, try not to use the tumble dryer on anything at all as it causes 'wear and tear' on garments.

    I'm another who likes to swap seasonal clothes around in the wardrobe - make sure that they are clean and repaired first - and store them in suitcases with some lavender bags till needed again.
  • Twinkly

    Oh, and a properly fitting bra makes clothes hang better
    Originally posted by luxor4t well as boobs
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