July 14, 2015

July 14, 2015
7 Essential Style Hacks that You Should Be Using
(But Probably Aren't)

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Tuesday and I hope you are having a beary safe and great week so far. Dab the AIDS Bear is still recovering from the last trip and dealing with another bug.

There are many ways to save money and these things are important to most people but especially to those living on disability. So today I will blog about seven essential style hacks you should be using but probably aren't.

Some hacks are geared towards clothing care, while others show you how to put that half-bottle of bottom-shelf vodka to good use. The hacks below, however, are all centered around saving you two things no one can get enough of: time and money. Most of them can be executed with items you (probably) already have lying around your abode, and all of 'em will make your existence a relative breeze.

1. Make your razors last longer
What you need: Disposable razor and a hair dryer.
What it does: Extends the life of your razor.

If you’re not a fan of using a straight razor, you know all too well the hefty financial hit a package of the disposable variety inflicts. Give your pocket a (little) break by hair drying ‘em down for a minute after you finish shaving. Leftover H20 leads to rust, dullness, and immobile pivot points. Evaporating said H20 will extend the life of your whisker shears.

2. Button saver
What you need: Clear nail polish.
What it does: Keeps a button from falling off.

Buttons on suit jackets, shirts, etc. tend to get loose over time. Keep that precious clasping device from unraveling and falling off by painting over the fraying threads with clear nail polish.

3. Forever scuff free
What you need: Petroleum jelly.
What it does: Removes scuffs from shoes (it works especially well on patent leather).

Rub a small dollop of petroleum jelly (which contains mineral oil) onto a rag and gently “wax out” the scuff. It should lighten and/or erase completely. You may need to wax the shoe afterwards to give it a uniform shine. A few words of caution: always, always test out the product on an inconspicuous spot on the shoe juuuust in case it reacts badly with whatever type of leather you’re putting it on.

4. Eat pizza (relatively) worry-free
What you need: Dish soap.
What it does: Removes oil stains on clothing.

Apply dish soap (enough to cover the stain) on the oil spot(s). Let it sit for 10 minutes to completely absorb into the fabric, and then wash the item. This trick even works on old stains you've neglected because there's more to you than just a dirty t-shirt, man.

5. Save the sprig of parsley
What you need: Parsley.
What it does: Gets rid of bad breath.

If you just engulfed two spoonfuls of garlic mashed potatoes for lunch/dinner (and don’t have a stick of gum or a mint with you), discreetly put that sprig of parsley, which came as a garnish, in your mouth and chew. The chlorophyll in the plant naturally neutralizes odors.

6. Let the dryer do the work
What you need: A clean towel.
What it does: Allows you to remove the laundry from your dryer in one quick swoop.

Because removing clean duds a handful at a time is waaaaay too much work, place a clean towel on top of your clothes, manually turn the dryer drum so that the towel is on the bottom of the clothes, and then pull up all four corners of the towel so you have a makeshift basket.

7. Put deodorant on your feet
What you need: Antiperspirant deodorant.
What it does: Prevents blisters and eases the pain if you already have one.

The antiperspirant will clog your pores, thereby reducing the sweat and friction between your foot and shoe. If you already happen to have a blister, the deodorant will act as a pain reducing lubricant.

Hope you have a beary safe and great Tuesday!

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab