• If you are reattaching a button to shorts or pants, try using dental floss, the unwaxed kind. It’s much stronger and can hold the button better than regular thread. Use a marker to darken it if the color is an issue.
• Make sure you clean your hairbrush weekly, especially if you use a lot of styling products. If it is solid, you could stick it in the dishwasher, or simply use shampoo to clean it while you shower, and then rinse well.
• “I keep a lint roller in the drawer of my TV table, and I use it to pick up stray pet hairs along the back of the couch where my kitty sleeps. I vacuum weekly, but she’s a long-haired cat, and this just keeps it tidy in between. It’s easy, too.” — A.F. in Pennsylvania
• “To help get tangles out of thin, delicate chains, simply sprinkle talc powder on the knotted portion. It won’t damage the metal at all — on the contrary, it acts as a lubricant to release the tight knots, making it easier to pull them apart. When you’re done, just rinse the chain and dry carefully. Also, necklaces store better when they are hung up.” — R.E. in Nebraska
• “If you have a bunch of picture frames that don’t match or ones that are nicked or have small cosmetic damage, just paint them. Choose a matching color for all, and you’ll have a collection!” — T.L. in Florida
• Here’s a quick fix to buff streaks out of a mirror or window: Use a coffee filter.
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