For your vintage haul: Nix that stale, old-clothing smell from your recent secondhand purchase. Grab some activated charcoal (try the fish section of the pet store), toss it in a large sealable bag with the garment, and let sit for 24 hours or up to a week.
For spring picnics: Prep for lunches in the park by transforming a basket tote into a backpack. Fasten two belts around the basket, top to bottom. Then loop your arms through to secure the tote on your back.
For a stubborn zipper: Chances are, your coats have worked overtime this winter. Encounter a stuck zipper? Dab petroleum jelly on it with a Q-tip to get it sliding smoothly again.
By Susie Kostaras, Associate Content Editor
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