Keep your clothes in your wardrobe and out of landfill with these nifty stain-shifting home remedies, shared by our friends at Love Your Clothes
Stains. They’re one of the biggest reasons great clothes get binned. But no longer will that chocolate smudge force you to say farewell to your beloved t-shirt. Never again will a splosh of coffee come between you and your suit. And, if you’ve just dropped a forkful of jalfrezi down your favourite jumper, don’t fret – it’ll be sorted in no time. All thanks to these simple guides, courtesy of Love Your Clothes.
1. Remove grass stains with… hand sanitiser
Yes, even unsightly green marks can be tackled if you know how. Apparently, all you need to do is to squirt some hand sanitiser directly onto the grass stain, rub in and leave for a few minutes, before washing on a normal wash – about 30 degrees – with ordinary washing detergent.
Who’d have thought full-fat could be so useful? Using a bowl, simply pour the milk onto the chocolate splodge and leave soaking for 2-3 hours. The chocolate should then lift off the fabric. Wash on a normal wash and, if there’s still a slight mark, put it straight back in the washer for another cycle.
Yes, egg. Crack into a bowl and beat with a fork, then apply to the stain using kitchen towel, rubbing in well. Then just wash on a 30 degree cycle. See you later latte. Farewell flat white. Adios espresso etc.
4.Remove sun cream with… white vinegar and washing up liquid
Top ruined by yellowy sun cream stains? Apply some neat washing up liquid and rub in. Rinse in cold water, gently squeeze out the excess, then soak in a solution of half cold water, half white vinegar, for about an hour. Wash according to the care label and, if there’s still a bit of staining, repeat the process.
5. Remove curry spills with… washing up liquid and lemon
Madras mishap? First, remove as much curry as possible using a blunt knife or napkin. Rinse in cold water, pat dry, then apply some neat washing up liquid and rub in. Rinse in clean cold water and pat dry again. Finally, take half a lemon and squeeze liberally onto the stain, leave for half an hour then wash according to the care label. If there’s still a mark, simply repeat the steps again.
Yes, random one this, but apparently it works! Place the stain face down on a paper towel, take a moisturising lip balm and simply rub it on – this should start lifting the oil onto the paper. Repeat a few times, then wash at about 30 degrees but, instead of detergent, pour a bottle of cola in the drum!
We knew you’d do Second Hand September in style. But we downright LOVED your outfits. Here are 30 of our favourites – one for every day of this incredible, change-making month
You wowed in preloved Stella McCartney and Armani. Made a super-cool fashion statement in a dyed vintage nightie. Even introduced us to the wonders of original Beatrix Potter knitwear… If anyone needed proof that preloved clothing can be stylish as well as sustainable, you provided it. Throughout #SecondHandSeptember you shared look after trend-setting look, inspiring even more people to say ‘no to new’. Here are 30 of our favourites – there were SO many more. Please keep them coming – September may be over, but the positive impact of choosing second-hand never will be.
This stunning blouse shared by @thestylebalance has already had three owners and counting – preloved, re-loved fashion at its best. Got something gorgeous that you barely wear? Share the love and pass it on.
Of course it’s not all about the outfits… @thedelightful.mrsb knows all about the power of preloved accessories. Check out this stunning necklace ‘beautiful quality and it goes with absolutely everything’ 🙂
With just days to go, @stephnimmo picked up this great shirt for just £3. What better way to see out a month of ‘no new’? Fancy working some paisley into your wardrobe? Search the Oxfam Online Shop now.
How to find something you love in your lunch break
Fee Gilfeather is a self-confessed charity shopping addict with a wardrobe filled to the brim of incredible thrifty finds. And with years under her belt working with Oxfam shops, she really knows her stuff. Here she shares her top tips for finding something you love when time isn’t on your side.
Charity shopping is a great way to spend a leisurely day out. Take a friend, stop for lunch and plenty of coffees and you’ve got a pretty perfect day. And everything you buy is saved from landfill and it’s all for a good cause. Win win win!
But sometimes you don’t have the time to browse, you might only have half an hour to spare on your lunch break or simply can’t resist popping in when passing by (I’ve often dropped into a charity shop on my way to a meeting). Your time for mooching and trying things on is limited, so here are my top tips for getting the most out of charity shopping in a hurry.
1. Know your style favourites
Are you usually found in jeans and a shirt? Or are you more skirts and tees? My wardrobe is full of knee length dresses so I often make a bee-line for the dress rail first as the best use of my quick visit is to find a good quality, long-lasting favourite that I can wear again and again. I’ve also got a growing collection of bright 70s print shirts which are easy to spot on a rail from across the shop floor!
2. Know your colours
Many charity shops display clothes by colour (called Colour Blocking in the trade) which means a shopper in a hurry doesn’t have to cover every rail to find their treasure. I’ve learned that blue suits me and that I should steer clear of yellow and orange.
3. Don’t always rush it
I use my ‘leisurely’ charity shopping days to learn what colours and styles I like, what to look out for and which brands are likely to fit me well in the changing room. One year I tried on several different dresses in my local hospice shop and found a beautiful Hobbs dress for £20, it would have been over £100 new. Since then I’ve found two other similar Hobbs dresses and now if I see this brand I know it’s worth trying on.
4. Basic layering
It can take time to try on a range of interesting dresses or outfits to find the one that suits, and with an afternoon free it’s worth the effort as those are the treasures that will make your wardrobe unique. But it’s not all about the key stand out pieces, when pressed for time I look for wardrobe staples – if you know your size you can quickly find plain long sleeved tops or tees to complement any outfit, often without needing to try them on. Over the years I have collected several M&S thermal tops which I wear under dresses in winter.
5. Have a wish list for homewares
It can be hard to take it all in when a shop has a fantastic collection of bric a brac. If I don’t have time to explore the shelves thoroughly then a quick scan for some key items will do! I’m currently looking for a butter dish for my mother-in-law and a Pyrex bowl for home. And I collect vintage ‘Taunton Vale’
Hopefully with these tips in mind, you’ll never need to pass by a charity shop again!
Farmer and textile maker Hooran talks about food, flooding and fighting poverty.
“Yesterday, my daughter fainted in assembly,” says Hooran. “Her teacher told her to start eating fruit in the mornings before she comes to school so she has enough energy. It made me so upset to hear that, because we barely have enough money to buy roti (bread). Fruits are a long shot away.”
This is what life on the frontline of the climate crisis is like for Hooran in Badin, Pakistan. She’s one of the 1.8 million people living there who endure frequent floods, but also drought-like conditions caused by a lack of water and changing rainfall patterns. All of this means it’s harder to grow crops, feed livestock, and get by from one day to the next.
“My children are not healthy,” says Hooran. “They are quite weak because of the lack of nutrition available to them.”
This is worlds away from the childhood Hooran remembers.
“Growing up, I used to go to school, cut wood to earn money, and help my mother with the chores. In our house there was livestock, farming and my mother’s tailoring business, and all of this meant we had multiple sources of income. I had a very happy childhood because of this.”
But as the years went on, the weather became less predictable – and so did the harvests. “Our crops started decreasing. We used to grow rice, sugarcane and cotton. When the farming started to fail, we started selling the livestock to survive.”
In 2003, a cyclone caused flooding that destroyed all of Hooran’s crops and land. The climate emergency is making extreme weather like this more and more frequent.
Oxfam is helping people prepare for climate change, deal with its effects, and adapt when disaster strikes.
In Badin, we’re focusing on supporting women, young people and people with disabilities to develop new farming methods and learn other skills to make a living.
Hooran learned new practical skills so she could earn money beyond farming.
“I learnt how to stitch, make soap bars and gurda (a local drink made from sugarcane). I chose to be a part of the training to learn how to sew undergarments. I wanted to make it better for women and girls here when they go through their period. We have to suffer through really unhygienic conditions because we don’t have the resources to buy pads, and they are so expensive. So I want to start making these undergarments so they can use them during this time.”
She’s also learned how to grow vegetables even under the unforgiving conditions that the extreme weather brings.
“Before the training we could only buy stale vegetables, but now we can grow our own fresh vegetables with our own hands… now we are free from that stress.”
There is still much work to do but Hooran is adapting fast so she can earn a living. This shouldn’t have to be her reality.
It is a fact that the world’s poorest people have contributed the least to the climate emergency, yet they are suffering the most.
By not buying new clothes for 30 days, you’re helping to reduce the harmful effects fast fashion has on people and planet.
Find out more about our work and how you can support people who are already facing life-threating repercussions of the climate emergency.
Whether you’re after a vintage look or timeless florals – you can find it second hand. And Bel Jacobs and Alice Wilbyare are here to prove it.
Bel Jacobs and Alice Wilby are sustainable fashion stylists, environmental campaigners and great friends. With a love for styling each other, they visited Milton Point – the home of our Online Shop to rummage through the rails, create outfits and try new styles. After all, who doesn’t love playing dress up?
You can find something truly one-of-a-kind, shop in a way that’s kinder to the planet and raise money to help people beat poverty around the world. So when someone inevitably compliments your outfit, you can feel extra fabulous.