From Static to Salt Stains, Here Are 7 Winter Wardrobe Hacks

Winter months bring on a plethora of problems besides just the cold. Static cling, salt stains and snags in your tights are all par for the course in colder months. Fortunately, you probably have everything you need in your home right now to help prevent winter wardrobe malfunctions. From your kitchen pantry to your bathroom, items like nail polish and old razors can help you fix everyday issues caused by cold, dry air.  

Check out these 7 easy and inexpensive cold weather wardrobe hacks to get you through the season fashionably.

1. Stop a pilling sweater with an old razor

Nothing’s worse than a new sweater that looks old because it starts pilling. Revive any sweater, no matter the age, by using an old razor to shave it. Lightly graze over the areas that are pilling and your sweater will be good as new. Old razors are a better tool than new ones, because the sharper the razor, the more likely you are to put an unwanted hole in your sweater. Stick to a basic one-blade razor as well to prevent any snagging.  

2. Cure your hat hair with dryer sheets

Static cling will create quite the mess when you remove your winter hat, but keeping a few dryer sheets on you will fix the problem. Simply rub the dryer sheet on your flyaways, and they’ll calm down instantly. To prevent it from happening in the first place, you can rub the inside of your hat with the dryer sheet as a preventative measure.  

3. Use vinegar for salt stains

Do you keep finding white residue on your winter boots? Those are unfortunately salt stains from streets that have been cleared of winter snow, and it can damage your boots permanently if not removed. Mix up a solution of 1 cup of water with 1 tbsp of white vinegar, and gently remove salt stains from boots with it. You can use an old towel or toothbrush to delicately rub the solution onto the boots, as you won’t need much to do the trick.  

4. Prevent slipping with sandpaper

Shoes and boots that are perfectly fine in warmer months can turn into a slipping hazard when the streets get icy. For shoes with smooth soles, or where the tread has worn thin, rough them up again by rubbing sandpaper on the bottom. Adding this texture to the soles will help prevent slipping while you’re walking.  

5. Nail polish helps with stocking snags

Now that it’s the season for cute winter tights, getting runs in those tights is highly probable. To prevent snags from growing, use a little bit of clear nail polish on the ends of the snag. The nail polish creates a hard barrier so that the run can’t get larger. If you don’t have clear nail polish on hand, you can use hairspray in the same manner.  

6. Prevent static with a humidifier

Static on hair and clothes in the winter is a real struggle. Using dryer sheets is great when hair’s already gone staticky, but using a humidifier in your home can help prevent hair, clothing and outerwear static in the first place.

7. Sleep in your socks for smoother feet

Sleeping with socks on not only keeps your feet warm, but can also help prevent cracked heels during the drier months. For bonus softness, apply a rich oil or balm to the feet before sleeping in your socks, and you’ll wake up with smooth soles. If your hands are suffering as well, try the same trick with a pair of cotton gloves so all your appendages are soft and warm. It might look silly, but it’s a sure-fire way to prevent cracked hands and feet. If sleeping in socks and gloves is just too abnormal for you, remember to lube up your hands and feet before you put your socks and gloves on to face the day. It’s not as effective as sleeping with them on for 8 hours, but it’s a quick fix to help heal chapped skin.     

Lisa Bensley is the founder of BeautyByBenz, a health and beauty blog that is really just an excuse to buy too much makeup. When she is not writing, she's probably boxing, obsessing over her Dachshund, Stanley, reading, or binge-watching Law & Order: SVU. Follow her (and Stanley's) antics on Instagram.