May 27, 2022

We are halfway through the school year, this is the time when children’s uniforms start to look tattered.

Here, in less than six months until the summer holidays, parent blogger Fiona Notton explains how you can avoid going out for an alternative.

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Avoid going out for replacement uniforms before the end of the school year with our top tips.Credit: Getty
Parental blogger Fiona Notton, pictured with her two children, explains how you can avoid going out for alternatives.

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Parental blogger Fiona Notton, pictured with her two children, explains how you can avoid going out for alternatives.Credit: Provided.

Use white washing liquid: School shirts look old, but repeated washing can make them gray and dirty.

Fiona says: “Adding one or two washing-up liquids to your washing machine drum will light them up instantly.

“I use it in all my white washes, but be careful not to add too much, or you’ll get too much soda. One-third of the hat will do the trick. You can also add a cup of distilled white vinegar to the wash.

Vodka spray on stains: It’s hard to move food, paint and black ink, but don’t put stained shirts in the box right now.

Fiona says: “The Pesky Black Whiteboard marker can be removed by spraying vodka as it is the alcohol that works. Place the white kitchen roll under the clothes, sprinkle the vodka on the stain and stain the kitchen roll. Put it in the wash. Add a little more vodka first.

To remove the ballpoint pen, use hair spray. Spray on the stain, wait 30 seconds for it to work its magic then wipe clean with a damp cloth. Mix white vinegar and baking soda in the paste before going to the washing machine to remove grass stains. “

Fiona says that adding one or two washing-up liquids to the drum of your washing machine will instantly lighten the white shirts.

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Fiona says that adding one or two washing-up liquids to the drum of your washing machine will instantly lighten the white shirts.Credit: Getty

Vinegar for school bags: Children’s bags and pencil cases can be dirty, but you don’t have to go out to change them.

“Wash them in a drum with a cup of white vinegar to remove odors from falling and crumbs,” says Fiona.

“Cleaning them in the washing machine instead of the sink makes sure you get all the little bits that get stuck in the corners and cranes.”

Cut pants into shorts: If the pants are on the knees, do not throw them out. Cut them into shorts for spring.

Fiona says: “When they get close to the knee, I just cut them off at the top and you don’t have to sew – just leave them as they are. I find the fabric on the school uniform so tight that the new There’s no need for ham. For girls who go to school wearing Penafore, add an extra button under each strap to make progress. “

Use key rings on coat: Fiona’s solution is to pull out a key ring to fix the strange zippers.

She says: “If you are starting to get stuck on the zipper coat, attach a key ring so that it is easy to pull them up and down. If the zipper is fully operational, use poppers or velcro strips so that they can still be fastened.

“You can buy Iron on Velcro from Poundland or your local Haber Dishree. And buy poppers online from Amazon for about £ 5. They come with a handy tool to help you get things done – a brand new coat. Much cheaper than buying as the season begins.

Cooking oil on cracked shoes: Shoes are expensive and the use of store-bought polish prolongs the life of the leather, as does rubbing them with vegetable oil.

Fiona says: “Be sure to clean the shoes first then wipe off the oil, leave any excess for a few minutes before wiping with a cloth. This method does not necessarily make them shiny because the oil gets wet in the leather but it does them. It will help to keep it in good shape. Just color the torn shoes with a black marker pen to revive them. For shoes with patent finish, paint the front with a clear nail polish for an invisible protective layer. ۔

Button nail polish: Sewing new buttons is a difficult task, so paint them with clean nail polish to prevent them from falling off.

Fiona says: “Polish seals the threads and prevents them from opening, thus avoiding looking for identical replacement buttons. And if there is a mark on your child’s uniform, clothes to prevent it from catching or exploding. Remember to wash the inside. “

Wash school bags with a cup of white vinegar to eliminate odors.

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Wash school bags with a cup of white vinegar to eliminate odors.Credit: Getty
Shoes are expensive and the use of store-bought polish extends the life of the leather, as does rubbing them with vegetable oil.

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Shoes are expensive and the use of store-bought polish extends the life of the leather, as does rubbing them with vegetable oil.Credit: Getty

Fix holes and tears: “Instead of buying more school socks, which often come in packs of five or seven, you can repair them cheaply using interfacing fusible fabric,” says Fiona.

“You can buy these sheets of mending fabric from eBay on Amazon or local haberdashery for as little as 1.

“All you have to do is cut it to the desired size and iron it to cover any holes. It’s great for hiding the annoying tears that appear on clothing from normal clothing and tears.”

If there is no hope. . .

PTA Sales: School PTAs often sell lost property and unclaimed uniforms at low prices.

Watch online: Get cheap or free second hand uniforms already preferred on local Facebook groups, Vintage, Freecycle or Gumtree.

Get help from the community: Google will find a venture near you that allows you to change or inherit uniforms. The Community School Clothing Scheme helps children with uniforms cut out for free.

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