The end of the holy month of Ramadan is here, welcoming Eid al-Fitr and the beginning of Syawal! Aside from the great assortment of delicious food, Hari Raya is a time for family and friends to celebrate each other’s company – all in great fashion. So here are some handy hacks to overcome any Raya clothing dilemmas.
How to Fix Stuck Zippers
If you have any candles laying around, this is a great time to put them to use. Instead of tugging jammed zippers, simply rub a candle over the zipper teeth. Vaseline works just as well.
How to Hold Zippers in Place
The best way to enjoy Raya open houses while ensuring your fly stays in place is to tie a rubber band on your zipper, looping it around the button. Alternatively, a key ring does the trick too.
How to Remove Oil Stains
A quick way to remove pesky oil stains from your outfits is by applying talcum powder over them. Allow the powder to absorb overnight and wash it off.
How to Shine Patent Leather
If you are not a fan of cleaning agents, let this trick change your mind. In order to revive your items’ glossy finish, spray a light layer of window cleaner onto your dull item. Wipe the leather gently with clean cloth afterwards.
How to Shine Leather Shoes
Instead of spending extra cash on shoe polish, you can also restore the shine on old leather shoes using water and vinegar. Mix one part water and one part vinegar, and apply the solution directly onto your shoes.
How to Deodorise Shoe Odour
Let’s face it: sweaty feet is never a favorable thing, especially because it tends to leave an unwanted stench in our shoes. Tackle this problem head on by sprinkling a generous amount of baking soda in your shoes, leaving it overnight, before throwing it out and wiping it down the next morning.
With these useful tips on hand, you can guarantee that your Hari Raya will be smooth sailing. But remember: The next time you encounter any of the hiccups above, just head on down to Cold Storage and get all the items you need!