Stain Removal to Leather Repair: Mend Your Clothing With These Easy Tips

We have a confession to make: Our favorite thing about this season is that pumpkin spice lattes are back, but we have the bad habit of, well, pumpkin spicing our clothing. Even when we’re on our best, most cautious behavior, clothes sometimes need first aid: High heels get worn down, suede gets damaged, jewelry breaks, and, in the winter, we get salt marks all over our nice leather boots. Of course, it’s not the LearnVest way to keep throwing out clothing—we have a whole bag of tricks for easy, simple, and inexpensive clothing repair that can save hundreds of dollars over the long run.

Even if you’re facing bleach stains or a tear in your skirt, we’ve got expert fixes for you. We bring you 14 simple, DIY clothing fixes that can save your favorite threads time and again:

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Tell us in the comments: What are your tips and tricks for fashion emergencies?

  • Guest

    Good idea but I’d prefer something I can print out. Am I goign to reach for a slideshow when I need to fix something?

    • Marnie

      True — a quick tip sheet would be super helpful. Maybe a PDF link included in the story that we could print out and hang near the washer?

  • Juno

    How much does the average person spend on dry cleaning in a year?

  • LoveLV

    Thanks LV! This is great!

  • Cooperobin

    Also, if you drop food on your clothes (machine washable clothes…), use Dawn dish soap to get it out. It lifts grease and takes even things like olive oil out of fabric. :)

    • Casey

      What a good tip! I’m always trying to figure out how to lift tough stains.

  • Casey

    Does anyone have tips for getting color transfers off of leather bags? My jeans always make my bags turn blue!

    • Boots1807

      They must be really cheap jeans or something — I’ve never had that happen. Usually when color is bleeding you can stop it by running the offending garment through the wash once or twice.

  • Junky05

    didn’t love this one, LV, sorry. the info wasn’t really special and I figure I can just google to find any of those solutions. and I agree with the comment that the slideshow is a very weird medium for this info, esp a slideshow of corny stock photography. sorry, I usually love your stories, LV – you can do better than this!

  • Anonymous

    GREAT tips Allison! As I’m a complete klutz these will come in very handy! Anyone have any good tips that we missed?nCheers,nCaroline WaxlernLearnVest’s Chief Content and Community Officer

  • Judy

    Dye transfer on leather can be fixed with the use of a Jean & Dye Transfer Remover kit. It can be prevented by using a good quality leather protector like Ultra

  • Great ideas Allison! My make-up is always destroying shirts with white collars all the time.