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Sneaker saviours

Start by raiding your kitchen for some baking soda and mix with a little water to create a paste. Use a small brush (a toothbrush works great) to scrub the paste onto stains or discoloured parts on your sneakers. Wipe off with cloth or towel. Repeat for really stubborn stains.

Our home remedies don’t stop there. Baking soda can also help to neutralise odour. As a refresher, sprinkle a little inside your sneakers at night and empty them in the morning.

Sneaker saviours - brush with baking soda
Sneaker saviours - brush with baking soda

Wardrobe cleanse

Rediscover forgotten treasures and give your wardrobe a fresh start by going through it. Give the things you never wear a new life by swapping with friends, resell, donate or pass along to a recycling initiative.

Seasonal storing is a great way to get some wardrobe rotation. Just make sure everything is clean without stains before packing it away. Lavender and cedarwood are classic storage companions for a reason, use them to keep unwanted guests away.

Scarves make excellent Furoshiki style dust bags to tuck away your shoes or handbags safely. Also, a nice detail is to spray a cotton pad with your favourite scent and leave in your bag between uses.

Wardrobe cleanse - leather shoes
Wardrobe cleanse - It’s time to edit and organise.

It’s time to edit and organise.

Wardrobe cleanse - Furoshiki style

Scarves make excellent Furoshiki style dust bags to tuck away your shoes or handbags safely. Also, a nice detail is to spray a cotton pad with your favourite scent and leave in your bag between uses.

Wardrobe cleanse - Furoshiki style
Wardrobe cleanse - Furoshiki style with scent bag

Laundry day

Opt for a fluid detergent that not only cleanses, but also conditions the laundry. And try to avoid fabric softeners, your garments will thank you in the long run.

Skip the tumble dryer. This one is, unfortunately, no friend of fabrics or the environment. Once the washing machine has stopped, just shake out the garments and lay them flat to dry.

Is your viscose t-shirt fitting a bit snug after laundry? Try gently ironing it when wet, and voilà. Fabrics such as cotton and viscose will often regain their original shape with a little help.

Laundry day
Laundry day

Dear delicates

Airing is caring. Very often, simply leaving your go-to dress outside on a hanger for a few hours does the trick. A refreshing fabric spray is also an option to postpone laundry day for a little longer.

Experiencing a stain-on-silk-shirt type of situation? Try using a gentle (and ecological) baby wipe. It’s a safe way to keep the dry cleaning bills to a minimum. Make sure to test on a small area first.

Bag it up. Store your delicates in a bag separate from the rest of your laundry – the best way to avoid an unfortunate mix-up. Oh, and make sure to use a mesh laundry bag for your most precious pieces.

Dear delicates - Hacks for your most precious pieces
Dear delicates - Hacks for your most precious pieces

Hacks for your most precious pieces.

Dear delicates - Hacks for your most precious pieces
Dear delicates - Hacks for your most precious pieces

Beauty cabinet

Not sure when to retire a beauty product? Check the open jar symbol on the label (it tells you how long after opening the product is good for) and write down the date you opened it somewhere on the packaging.

Beauty cabinet
Beauty cabinet

Give your top shelf a cleanse.

Beauty cabinet

Clean your make-up brushes regularly to avoid bacteria but also to extend the life of the bristles. Go for a mild soap or shampoo, keep the brush facing down to avoid getting soap and water into the shaft and let them air dry laying down.

Sometimes we change our minds about a fragrance or product, but don’t let it go to waste. Swap with a friend and discover new favourites along the way.