How to make old clothes look new: Aussie TikTok mum stuns with ‘salt’ trick to prevent fading


An Australian mum-of-two has shared her five tricks for making an old winter wardrobe look new again this season – and why you should freeze your jumpers to stop them from shedding excess fibres.

Chantel Mila has built up a three-million-strong social media following for her handy organisational tips and tricks and product recommendations.

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In her latest clip, the TikTok star says there are five things she does every winter.

“The first thing I do to prevent sweaters from shedding is I place them in the freezer for one hour,” Chantel said in her video.

“This helps shrink the excess fibres.”

A mum-of-two shared tips for making old clothes look new. Credit: Instagram/Chantel Mila

If you’re going to try this trick, experts recommend you do so for at least one hour.

Others recommend doing the same with your tights and jeans to extend their wear.

Chantel’s second trick is for getting rid of scuff marks on your white trainers.

“Gently buff a small amount of toothpaste on to your runners to remove scuff marks instantly,” she explained.

Toothpaste is a well-known cleaning agent, having been used to clean everything from cars to carpet stains and even your mirrors.

The freezer is a great place to stop jumpers pilling. Credit: TikTok/Chantel Mila
Beeswax blocks moisture from being able to penetrate shoe leather. Credit: TikTok/Chantel Mila

Chantel had another shoe cleaning trick, insofar as she uses a “small amount of beeswax to waterproof leather shoes and boots”.

Beeswax is not water-soluble so it blocks moisture from being able to penetrate the shoe leather.

Chantel’s fourth tip was for new black clothes.

“Add 1/4 cup of salt to your first black clothes wash to lock in colour and prevent fading,” Chantel said.

Finally, she recommended using ice cubes in your dryer to stop clothes from wrinkling without having to iron them.

Chantel has built up a three-million-strong following. Credit: Instagram/Chantel Mila

Thousands who saw the video were quick to thank the mum-of-two for sharing her wisdom.

“I didn’t know that about clothing that pills. Great tip, all my cashmere is covered in pills,” one commenter wrote.

“Love this, thanks,” another added.

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