Some people are messier than others, but it is impossible to go through life without getting an ugly stain on a favorite piece of clothing now and then. And some of them just won't wash out no matter how creative you get in the laundry room. Whether you have a bleach stain, ink stain, oil, or other splotches, here are eight clever ways to hide it and keep wearing that favorite garment.
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Color It In
If the stain is light enough, you might be able to camouflage it by coloring over it. Use a fabric marker, also called a dye pen, to color in an offending bleach spot. If the stain is darker, you might draw a doodle over it. This won't work with every outfit, but it could be an answer for some. Now you have a work of art, not a stained blouse.
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Looking for an easy fix for a bleach spot? Try more bleach. You can use a bleach pen or a small brush dipped in bleach to create an original design on any dark-colored fabric. This is a fun way to turn an accident into an actual design. Fight bleach with bleach.
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Add an Iron-On
If you're not confident in your artistic skills, this hack lets you make use of the talents of others. Search the web for interesting clip art and then print your pick out on a piece of iron-on transfer paper. Apply it directly to the stained area—it's the perfect cover-up for any size spot, and you don't have to rely on your own talents with a brush.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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Remove the Stained Part
If you have decided the stain just can't be camouflaged, you might have to perform surgery. Cut off that offending stain, and rework your clothing into something new and fabulous, like making a skirt out of jeans.
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Stitch on a colorful patch and no one will ever know there's a stain lurking beneath it. This hack is good for casual clothes, but you might even experiment with making it into something fashionable. If one patch over the stain looks too random, add several patches so they look like a "look."
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Use the stain as an excuse to rock a '60s look. Grab a couple of packages of dye and some rubber bands and tie-dye that stain away. You will look groovy in your new duds. If you don't want a swinging '60s look you can go for a more subtle ombre shading.
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Cover It With a Button or Brooch
This fix requires no sewing, coloring, ironing, or painting. As a bonus, you can do it on the go, and it's a temporary rather than a permanent fix. Slap a button or a brooch over that spot, and you'll have a fix that you can update whenever the mood strikes you.