Save cash and the planet by repairing your old clothes with our top tips


IT’S annoying when your favourite clothes start to show signs of wear.

According to sustainability experts Wrap UK, £135million worth of clothes are sent to landfill every year.

Old jeans and pieces of fabric with sewing accessories. Top view. Upcycle concept.

But breathing new life into them is simple.

Here’s how to smarten up and save the planet, without splashing much cash . . . 

Jean-ius! Rescue faded black clothes with fabric dye. Dylon’s Intense Black dye has great reviews and is just £3 at Wilko. Much less than a new top or pair of jeans.

At a stretch: Shrunk something in the wash? Add a capful of baby shampoo to a tub of warm water, soak the item for half an hour and gently stretch it.
Next, remove and squeeze out excess water. Stretch it out as it lies out to dry.

Pit’s easy: Get rid of armpit stains by scrubbing them with lemon juice or baking soda. Rub tougher marks with a paste made of baking soda and water, let it sit for a few minutes, rinse it off and pop it in the washing machine.

Close shave: There’s no need to throw away bobbly jumpers. Instead, remove pills with a sharp disposable razor.

Lay the garment on a flat surface, pull the fabric tight to avoid cutting through it and carefully shave upwards.

Sole saver: Get rid of water marks on leather boots by dipping a toothbrush in white vinegar and rubbing it over stains. Buff scuffs from suede shoes with a nail file, and fix marks on patent shoes with Vaseline.

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This copper desk lamp from John Lewis will set you back £30
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