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Everything You Need to Keep Your Clothes Clean Between Washings

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There’s a surprising amount of “stuff” that’s needed to keep the contents of your wardrobe presentable. Things like lint rollers and sweater combs that freshen up your clothes like a well-equipped pit crew in between washings.

Personally, I keep all my clothing accoutrements in my underwear drawer. Maybe people with larger homes have, like, a separate drawer or closet for this kind of thing (or a whole room?! I don’t know your life), but for me, I know that nearly any style snag—literal or otherwise—can be fixed with what’s stashed beside my socks.

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Here’s the wardrobe stuff you need in your underwear drawer (or room!), all available on Amazon:


Wonder Lint electric sweater shaver

Wonder Lint’s electric sweater shaver can quickly shave pills and stray threads off your sweaters (or your couch).
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There’s something extremely satisfying and even calming about using an electric fabric shaver to freshen up sweaters and more. I’m talking ASMR-levels of soothing.

Remove threads, pills, and general fuzz from knitwear with this handy, handheld device. (They’re also great for fabric couch cushions that are looking a bit pill-y.)

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The Laundress sweater comb

If you want to remove sweater pills with a fine tooth...comb...then The Laundress sweater comb is your answer.
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Want to go more lo-fi? This bad boy oh-so-delicately collects pills and effectively handles edges. Use it on clothes made of fine-gauge wool, cashmere, merino, and even synthetic materials.

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Coquimbo Sewing kit

This all-in-one kit has everything you need for quick and common fabric repairs.
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After years of taking shirts to the tailor to have buttons replaced (or gulp, packing them in my suitcase when visiting Wisconsin so my mom could do it for me), I finally learned to sew a button. You should learn, too.

Now, how is all of this so cheap? Who knows! But this small and mighty sewing kit is a total must-have.

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The Laundress sweater stone

The Laundress sweater stone is basically a volcanic rock that picks up lint and pills with the power of friction. It works great!
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A sweater stone renews the finish of heavy knit and woolen items. This one’s made of natural volcanic pumice and collects pills from underarms and sides, aka the “high-friction” areas of a garment.

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Evercare lint brush

A few quick swipes of this Evercare Magik lint brush never hurt anyone, or any outfit.
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Coco Chanel once said that you should take a look in the mirror and remove one accessory from an outfit before leaving the house. One thing I’d add to the legendary French designer’s advice is that while you’re looking in that mirror, take the time to also do a quick once-over with a lint brush. You never know what kind of pet hair, wife or girlfriend hair, and other life gunk may be clinging to your clothing.

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Scotch-brite lint roller

If a lint brush isn’t up to the task, a lint roller can remove huge amounts of lint and pet fur in just a few seconds.
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When a lint brush just won’t cut it, it’s time to call in reinforcements. Good for an aggressive wardrobe situation, a lint roller grabs fur, fuzz, lint, hair, whatever with just a few quick swipes. It does leave behind adhesive residue on your clothes, so don’t overuse it. And know that even the most vigorous lint rolling can’t help when what’s really needed is a dry clean or good washing.

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Hollywood deodorant-removing foam sponge

We’ve all had unfortunate looking deodorant streaks on our clothes, and Hollywood’s deodorant-removing foam sponge can make quick work of them.
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It’s annoying to pull on a fresh shirt only to find it streaked with (similarly fresh) deodorant. This pink foam square removes the unsightly residue, preventing you from having to change out of an otherwise clean shirt. Just rub the dry spronge briskly over the deodorant mark spot and you’ll be in the clear.

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Steamery Cirrus No.2 steamer

Steaming is faster and easier than ironing, and makes your clothes smell nicer too. What’s not to like?
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I’m not trying to be obnoxious, but guys, you really need a steamer if you don’t have one already. It’s such an effective way to get wrinkles out of clothes between washes or dry cleaning. It’s also way less work than an iron, which, score.

Steaming also kills odor-causing bacteria, which means your clothes will not only look fresher they’ll feel fresher, too.

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Megan Collins

Megan Collins started Style Girlfriend to help guys look and feel their best. Today, she and her team share tips, tricks, and shortcuts to a closet that inspires confidence.