we all wish we could deal with certain clothing calamities. The internet is full of absurd yet surprisingly successful fashion life hacks.
We at Africabase have tried 12 unexpected fashion hacks and can assure you that these will definitely make your life easier!
1. Hide your bra straps with a paper clip.
If you bought an open shoulder dress but don’t have a strapless bra, don’t rush to the nearest lingerie shop. Take a paper clip, insert one strap into one end of it and the second one on the other side. With this easy tip, you can turn any bra into a racerback in seconds!
2. Keep your underwear from showing.
Showing panty lines can ruin even the most perfect outfit. To achieve a smooth and seamless look, try using specially designed shapewear that not only prevents underwear from showing but also accentuates your best features. Special strapless panties may be a good option for women who want to completely get rid of panty lines but are not ready to go commando.
3. Shave your sweater to get rid of fuzz balls.
To make your old sweater look brand new, take a razor blade (we recommend using one for facial hair), and gently rub your sweater with it to remove all the fuzz. But remember to be careful and avoid tearing up your clothes!
4. Put baking soda in your running shoes.
If you constantly struggle with shoe odor, this trick will help you to deal with this problem quickly and almost for free. Take baking soda, wrap it in a small piece of cloth, and put it in your shoes overnight. You can also sprinkle a small amount of baking soda inside your shoes, but keep in mind that you can’t put baking soda straight into leather or suede shoes as it will make them brittle.
5. Use a plastic drinking straw to prevent jewelry knots.
Untangling your necklaces can be a very stressful and time-consuming project. But if you use this simple hack, your life will become easier when traveling. All you need to do is take a plastic drinking straw, unclasp the chain on your necklace, thread it through the straw, and reclasp it. You can adjust the length of the straw by cutting it.
6. Remove gum from your clothes.
Don’t let gum ruin your perfect outfit! Just take an ice cube, cool the gum, and then flick it off with a butter knife. This trick works perfectly because gum quickly responds to changes in temperature. Remember that you shouldn’t try to scrape or peel it off as it will make things way worse!
7. Clean silver jewelry with ketchup.
We know it may sound crazy, but this hack really works. Squeeze some ketchup onto a soft square of cloth, rub it into your silver jewelry, and then remove the ketchup. Your jewelry will shine more than ever!
8. Protect your hat from makeup transfers.
This hack will come in handy for hat fans. To avoid ruining your hat with makeup from your forehead, take adhesive padding and paste it onto the backline of the hat. This simple trick will prevent the fabric from getting dirty and help to avoid annoying marks from your hat on your forehead.
9. Use Scotch tape to keep your bra in place.
Double-sided tape will save the day when you don’t have a suitable bra to wear under a tank top. Place a piece of tape on the bra strap on your back, and then press your clothes onto the strap. You can also place it on the side of your breasts to keep your bra in place in case it’s a little bit wide for you.
10. Waterproof your shoes with beeswax.
If you’re constantly annoyed by soaking wet shoes, this hack will save you. Take completely dry canvas shoes, rub beeswax into them, and then use a hair dryer to work it into the shoes. Please keep in mind that waxing will prevent the shoes from breathing as well, so try not to wear them in hot weather.
11. Freeze your tight shoes to stretch them.
To stretch your tight shoes, all you need to do is fill ziplock bags with water, squeeze out all the air, and seal them. Then put these bags into your shoes, place them in the freezer, and wait until the water is completely frozen. Now put on the shoes to check the fit, and repeat the process if needed.
12. Apply nail polish to avoid green marks from a ring.
A ring can turn your finger green because of the chemical reaction between acids and other substances on your skin and the metal of the ring. It usually happens with rings made from copper, but some other metals may also be prone to such a reaction. To prevent discoloration of your skin, just apply a thin layer of clear nail polish. This will create a barrier, and the metal won’t turn your finger green.
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Culled by: Vivieanne Danielle