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A Funny Wardrobe Saver

It’s the time of the season where my trusty cold-weather clothes suddenly don’t look so trusty. My boots are now salt-stained, my coat looks like it’s been through war (NYC) and the pills on my sweaters have taken on lives of their own. But, I recently remembered an old-school trick for looking good in the winter…

When I was eight, my grandma gifted everyone in my family a fabric razor for Christmas, a tool she had sworn by for years. “It reminded me of you,” she said without irony as she handed them out. I was devastated.

But last month, after spending over an hour hand-picking fuzz off a pullover, the idea of the gadget didn’t seem so bad. So, I ordered this new one — one with over 4,550 psyched reviews. My grandma was right all along. The thing is glorious. Once it arrived, I spent the night shaving sweaters (as one does), and texting my friends pictures of my mighty mountain of extracted fuzz. Now they actually beg me to bring the razor over to their houses.

It all might sound a little crazy, but I was to the point of getting rid of sweaters because they looked so terrible, and now they look brand new. On to figuring out how to save those salt-stained boots…

Thoughts? Do have one? Or any tricks for keeping clothing in good shape?

P.S. The #1 item to bring on vacation.

(Photo by Doen.)

  1. Shaving sweaters (however you do it) is a great thing.
    I have saved items from being donated, and as a thrift store shopper – I have gotten some amazing deals on sweaters, knowing all I had to do with the raggedy-looked pill filled sweater was use my little device. I also have the one with the reservoir :)
    New to this blogging thing, and just have to say…loving this one!

  2. jet says...

    I buy my cashmere on ebay,usually nearly new, and just bought a stone cause Ive been wearing my turquoise cashmere for 7 days straight!

  3. My mom had one! Please keep away from children! I was clearly a savant four-year-old because I found it and thought it looked like my father’s electric shaver for his face. Needless to say, 25 years later you can still see a faint scar on my chin from putting that thing to my face.

    • brooke says...

      I did the same thing to my lip when I was 5! The scar is still there :/

  4. As a knitter and also a hoarder of second-hand cashmere, I’ve heard that those shavers are not as good for the clothing as the simpler ‘cashmere comb’ or ‘sweater stone’ – they do basically the same job but they don’t cut and of the fibres, so your knitwear lasts longer. That’s what I heard, anyway – and as a bonus, there are no electrical components to go wrong (or be sourced in who-knows-where) and no power consumption.

    • Sarah says...

      As a fellow knitter (and owner of many sweaters), I can 100% confirm that the sweater stone is amazing. It works like magic, and there’s no risk of accidentally putting a hole in your knitwear.

  5. Jane Ives says...

    I too am a proud owner of an electric sweater razor! I cannot recall another post in which I have felt such solidarity for a piece of technology. But unless you experience the life changing magic of the razor, one may never know one’s true potential. Hahaha!

  6. Jillian says...

    Oh my gosh, I love my sweater shaver! I got it a few years ago for Christmas. I specifically asked for one after I had used my mother in law’s and found it so fun and satisfying (lame, I know!) It really does make sweaters look new again. I’ve also used it on my throw pillows that were pilling so badly.

    If you care about your clothes, get a sweater shaver!!

  7. Corey says...

    I bought this a couple of weeks ago because my sweaters are pilling like crazy even after just getting them. My memory of these gadgets comes from when I was a kid and my dad had one, I loved it even then. Awesome to see I’m not the only one using it this winter!

  8. Sara says...

    I’ve had the exact same one since last year and it’s the best! Not only does it revive all my clothes and save them from the ‘donate pile’, but it’s so much fun to use. There’s something so cathartic about shaving a sweater and seeing all that unwanted fuzz pile up.

  9. Kate says...

    This is hilarious. I literally just bought this to save my winter jackets and sweaters.

  10. SKD says...

    I just ordered that device! LOOKS AMAZING!! I live in wyoming, so sweater weather is officially year round. Cannot wait to clean up all of my garments!

  11. Anne says...

    Vinegar and water also works on salt-stained boots/shoes! Take it from a Minnesotan. :)

  12. Vinegar for your shoes. My husband uses that for his dress shoes in this winter awfulness.

  13. Yulia says...

    I’ve seen lots of people comment that you can save money and shave sweaters/fabrics with disposable razors. BUT DID YOU KNOW that when that cheap disposable razor gets dull after all your sweater shaving you can give it new life in seconds by re-sharpening it/stropping it on some denim? You can apparently use a drugstore razor for years with this method!

    https://www.wikihow.com/Sharpen-Old-Razor-Blades

  14. My mother has this exact one in a closet unused! I think I’ll go experiment with it this weekend – I have one long Vince sweater that is full of pulls from years of wear. Because the pattern is rough and lose it hides the flaws, but I still see them myself. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Fabric shaver defuzzers are the best! I preach the gospel of them … religiously. Here are a few hot tips: 1. Make sure to lie the sweater flat on a soft surface to avoid any catches, which will create small holes. You could also work in small sections and lie the sweater on your thigh to work on it. 2. They’re amazing on blanket scarves like the giant ones from Aritzia. It will take a few hours of working at them to look like you just purchased the scarf, but SO SATISFYING! #netflixandfuzz 3. Get a rechargeable one! 4. They work well on pillow cases and other wool items.

    Speaking of sweaters, does anyone have any tips for repairing sweaters with little moth holes? I have two favourites that have been damaged this year. See also: tips for storing sweaters. Thanks!

    • Emily says...

      I just saw a YouTube tutorial on this… the woman in the video used lightweight iron-on fusible interfacing on the backside of the garment to seal the hole shut. I’m about to try it on a couple of my boyfriend’s shirts this weekend!

    • Courtney says...

      I second the comment recommending a felting needle! I found one at Michael’s and was able to repair many tiny holes in a cashmere sweater without roving; the wool was fuzzy enough that I just pulled the wool from one side of the hole across and poked away with the needle ‘til it kind of melded together. There were tiny puckers left where the bigger holes were but I don’t think I’d be able to find them if I didn’t know they were there!
      I also have this fabric shaver and I use it for sweaters and knit shirts that pill, as well as for my (cheap) couch! I also have a mini one that I keep in my vehicle.

    • Awesome replies – thank you!

  16. Kato says...

    For leather boots: a little dab of basic vaseline/petroleum jelly and a soft cloth!
    Now if anyone has a tip for teddy lining on a coat that got soaked in the rain and now looks like a very sad drowned cuddly toy…? And no I don’t have a dryer.. assume that could fluff it a bit up again?

    • Anna says...

      Try to comb it ;)

  17. Alison Briggs says...

    OMG yes!!! I discovered the sweater shaver last year and it is a game changer!!! I have even used it on other things that have pilled (leggings, dresses, coats!) its amazing! :)

  18. Diane says...

    I have a favorite pair of boots that I have had for 10 years. When they were in their 7th year they were looking sooo bad, so I took them to a shoe repair shop that polished them so well that they looked completely new once again. It’s an inexpensive way to revive leather boot.

    • june2 says...

      I LOVE shoe repair shops! I’ve resoled several favorite shoes that I can’t part with and aside from the virtuous feelings that come from extending the lifespan of an otherwise disposable product, I love that I am supporting a cobbler’s profession! They also work wonders on repairing worn leather bag straps, belts, etc!

  19. I bought this a few weeks ago (still in the box on my desk) to walk around the house and hit up all the upholstered couches and chairs that my cats have been slowly destroying. You have reminded me I need to finally sit down and do this!!! And obvs my sweaters are next!

  20. Conria says...

    I have been raving about this product since my friend intro-ed me to it years ago!! It’s the best and has certainly helped bring new life to bunch of my sweaters!

  21. H says...

    If your boots are leather…I always used Lexol leather cleaner then Lexol leather conditioner on my leather riding boots. Works great and not pricey either!

  22. Orvis sells a great sweater stone, perfect for pilling sweaters. It’s usually available online, but you can also get at any Orvis store.

  23. cgw says...

    I have, sadly, shaved a hole into my sweater while de-pilling once.
    Turns out one can go a bit overboard and be too enthusiastic about it, especially if said sweater was a well worn, loved one.

  24. Courtney says...

    For boots I use leather furniture wipes (like the ones you’re supposed to use on a couch or a chair). I am sure there are products that are longer lasting, but these are super quick and easy! And since I have to clean my boots so often this time of year, I am all for quick and easy :)

    • Genius!

    • Kirsten says...

      I use these too. Works great!

  25. Meghann says...

    I have a vintage Singer “Fuzzy Wuzz” shaver that I use. One problem, however, is that eventually sweaters can get thread bare with too much shaving. So use the shaver sparingly.
    For leather boots, I find whatever is used on horse tack works best. Fiebings saddle soap is excellent. It cleans and conditions. Once clean and dry, I then protect with Neatsfoot oil or Arctic Dubbin (which FYI does contain mink oil).

  26. for the boots: original nivea cream! Massage it in, it does wonders.

    • Kim says...

      I am going to try this tonite! Thank you!

  27. Kristie Dahlia Home says...

    I treasure my sweater shaver! Its magic companion is Eucalan, a soapless wool wash that replaces lanolin. Gives vintage cashmere that buttery-new softness and keeps all woolens from getting scratchier with age, which is just the result of washing out the natural lanolin. And washing a sheepskin with it, oooooh, so good!

    • Eliza says...

      Eucalan will forever have a place in my laundry room. Love that stuff.

    • Kelly says...

      ohhhh, i’m so intrigued! do you just wash in cold water with this then air dry?

  28. Louie says...

    In a parallel story, my mother got me a sweater comb (https://www.thelaundress.com/sweater-comb.html) for the holidays some years ago and I was a disappointed teenager, but I use it every winter. The comb is gentler and more eco-friendly than the motorized version!

    • Elisabeth says...

      I have this one, too. I love it!

  29. Ana B. says...

    For the shoes, if they are made of leather, you must use fat. My grandfather (who used to live in a village) used to rub his leather winter boots with chicken fat (that yellow layer of fat that you see sometimes when you buy fat chickens). It works wonders, they become waterproof, they shine, they don’t smell and they last longer….so much longer. You could use some very oily shoes cream too or you could use shea butter. Just consider that leather is a natural material, needs to be very oily and hydrated in order to naturally reject salt and humidity. All animals in nature oil their own skin (ducks do it too, when you see them picking up their feathers) in order to make it waterproof, windproof, salt resistant.

  30. Kristen says...

    I purchased the same product from Amazon weeks ago and have yet to whip it out. Weekend project! :)

  31. Kelly says...

    For leather care, I swear by Otter Wax (https://www.otterwax.com/). Made in the US, all natural products like beeswax, lanolin, and castille soap. I live in upstate NY, so my leather boots get an absolute beating with snow/salt, but this cleans and moisturizes really well, protects them from staining, and naturally waterproofs. I use all four steps (saddle soap, leather salve, oil, wax) and then re-apply, as needed (you don’t need to do all steps all the time). I highly recommend it!!

  32. Katie says...

    Do they work significantly better on a wool couch than just shaving with an old regular razor?

  33. Ellie says...

    I have a little electric sweater shaver from the Container Store and I LOVE it!! It’s weirdly fun and keeps sweaters looking nice :)

  34. We got one for Christmas too, from my mom! The German name for it is FUSSELRASIERER. My husband (who is from Brooklyn) thinks it’s the funniest thing, and word, ever… :)
    (I won’t even try for the phonetic spelling, but swiss-miss is in your office space, right ? She can no doubt say it for you)

    • Emma says...

      Fuh-zell-rah-zee-rer :)

    • Jeanne says...

      Wait what…Swiss Miss is in the same office space??? Wow love her site.

      Your comment made me laugh. I’m going to guess “Foo-zel-rah-zer”. I speak zero German but I’m dropping some of the letters based on humans liking to rush through the sounds…like Moun-uhn for Mountain.

  35. “Pills taking on lives of their own…” That’s hilariously relatable. I’ve never tried a razor especially for clothes, but I have been known to just use a cheap disposable razor on my pilly clothes. It works passably well, although it feels so silly to shave your clothes. :D

  36. Lucy says...

    Cautionary tale: I once made the mistake of shaving my thin, cashmere cardigan. Unfortunately, it doesn’t do well on thin fabrics and I ended up with a sweater that looked horribly moth-eaten. So just be sure not to use it on delicates! A manual fuzz comb should work for that.

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      Thank you so much for the heads up, Lucy! xx

    • lauren says...

      Yes- I’ve also had one of these gadgets suck up my cashmere sweater and it immediately shaved a hole in it! I was horrified.

  37. I used to use a razor on my sweaters (just a regular old razor) and was feeling pretty legit about it until I found three holes in my sweater a few weeks later. It was a thin, Jcrew sweater, but I was still horrified. I realized one can overdo it with the de-pilling. Just a word of caution. I’m much more gentle with pills now and take a less-is-more approach. Perhaps I should get the legit tool you’ve got. :)

  38. in love with those old Levi’s in the shot!!!
    made me feel 15 again (i guess i’ll have to buy a pair of 511… and all star snickers to go with it!)

    granny advices are the best. but, I always thought sweater razors might damage the fabric. Although not so effective, I use those glue rollers (very efective for dog hair, but not so for the pills)

  39. Saundra Williams says...

    i have probably let go of too many sweaters for just this reason. thanks for the tip! ALSO, what style are those jeans???? that is a perfect winter outfit, would love to see the front too :)

  40. Maggie says...

    A couple of years ago I bought a sweater shaver for each of my kids. Now I get out my sweaters and they race to see who can make the biggest fuzz pile!

  41. Mari-Anne says...

    I JUST bought one of these last week!! I am already obsessed and finally feel like a fully grown adult!

  42. Dee says...

    Great tips here, I have a pair of beloved black knee boots with ancient salt stains that I thought I’d have to throw out, gonna try vinegar! Now does anyone have any tips for getting water stains out of canvas fabric? I have a stiff canvas bag that got soaked with water at the bottom when a bottle exploded on a plane, and I couldn’t do much about it for hours due to said plane ride. Any help appreciated!

    • Jen says...

      Try distilled water. That’s worked with me before on water stains on upholstery.

  43. Veronica says...

    this is just too funny: I just bought one for myself, and have the exact same experience. All of a sudden I love my long blue wool coat, and would love to wear it all the time. Two weeks ago, I was actually thinking of only secretly wearing it at home or to give it away, it looked so ugly with all the pilling. This thing is MAGIC! And addicting. I am actually listening to music (gotta turn it a little bit louder, as the machine is making some noise as well), but I love it. It’s a total meditation thing with a benefit for my wardrobe!

  44. Isa says...

    That post is so great!!! Suddenly I don’t feel so grandmaish for buying a fabric razor and raving about it, ha! I bought one some weeks ago and I too spent a whole night “shaving” my sweaters. It’s just the best tool, I really love it.
    Also I agree with Steph: It IS satisfying watching all the fuzz accumulate.

  45. Alex says...

    I found a fabric steamer (someone put it out for council cleanup) and it’s great. I hand wash then steam a lot of things I used to dry clean, and I put a couple of drops of geranium oil in it and use it to freshen coats/drapes/the couch. I just bought one for my sister in law.

  46. Nina says...

    I literally just bought one last week! although not an electrical one, seemed like too much fuss for how often I would actually use it

  47. Anne says...

    Its vinegar for the win on those salt stained boots…guess I did learn a thing or two from that Canadian boyfriend.

  48. I didn’t have time to scroll through the comments, but I’ve lived through 6 Midwestern winters and now live in Colorado—
    For boots– every few weeks, take a paper towel and soak in a vinegar/water mixture and rub all over. Let dry. Buff dry with another towel or dry cloth. Then treat with leather lotion. Let dry. Buff with shoe brush. Then spray with protector spray. You gotta do this every few weeks. :)

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      Amazing, Moira, thank you!!!!

  49. Tara says...

    Water and vinegar does wonders for salt stains

  50. Courtney says...

    I just use a drugstore razor (i.e. the disposable razor that comes in packs of 5 or 10) to shave my sweaters. Works like a charm and then it is always easy to find a replacement when the blade gets dull. I agree it is so satisfying to salvage a formerly pilled sweater! As others have noted, just make sure to be gentle with shaving (as you would with your own legs lol!).

    • Bonnie says...

      Agree! I do this as well and have even shaved pills off sheets when you stay somewhere and you can feel the pills on the backs of your legs or feet. A score for 1/100th the price!

  51. joe says...

    My grandma had one, an old version of it, and we used to call it the “fuzz-cutter” :))
    its brilliant!

  52. Ally says...

    Aldo (the shoe store) has these great vinegar-based wipes to remove salt from shoes. They work great & are portable!

  53. I’M SO GLAD WE’RE TALKING ABOUT THESE. Talk about smart devices. My mom always had one on hand in the winter. Funny story though. As a kid, I picked it up thinking it was some kind of massager, tested it on my arm, and got about a thousand tiny scrapes as a result. Don’t do that.

  54. anna maria says...

    a good cobbler will do wonder for any pair of beat-up looking shoes :)

  55. Molly says...

    I live for my defuzzer! I use it on any upholstered furniture that needs it too. Actually, my son has inherited my disgust for pilled fabric and does it all for me ?

  56. Megan says...

    I have the same one and LOVE it! it also works wonders on yoga pants / leggings between the legs!

  57. Sammy says...

    I have the Home-It fabric shaver which has an electric cord. Works great! Buy one that doesn’t use batteries!

  58. Sooz says...

    It’s my favorite winter accessory — and yes, I have the same one!

  59. Marget says...

    I have literally brought my fabric shaver (from The Laundress by J Crew) to the office so my fastidious colleague could bring his cashmere in for a cleanup! A super gratifying exercise.

  60. Kate says...

    Yesss to sweater shaver. I LOVE cashmere sweaters for my freezing cold office. I buy most of them second hand from sites like Poshmark. So many people sell beautiful cashmere sweaters on there for cheap because of pills. Pills that are ALWAYS easy to remove with my trusty sweater shaver!!

    (I am diligent about handwashing my sweaters with Euculan wash. It is worth the 5 minutes hands-on washing time)

  61. Maggie says...

    Yes! I have a vintage one from my mom and it’s a life saver!

  62. Carlin says...

    Saddle soap + shoe polish at the middle and end of winter for leather boots and sturdy winter boots for salty snow muck when necessary works for me.

  63. Anne Evans says...

    Just ordered one!

  64. I have a fuzzy shaver, thanks to my mother-in-law!! She gave me one years ago and I use it whenever I see pills and fuzz building up.

    Another tip (for all seasons): jewelry polishing cloth. She gave me one, too, after I kept exclaiming over her bright jewelry.

  65. Lacey says...

    I literally JUST got the same one in the mail via Amazon last week – I am obsessed with it! There is something so satisfying about removing all those fuzz balls :)

  66. I’ve never thought about buying one. Maybe I should.

  67. C says...

    I love fabric shavers! Sometimes when I’m sitting on the train I’ll notice pills in people’s clothing and think ‘that person needs a fabric shaver’.

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      LOL

    • Lacey says...

      I have the SAME thoughts! Literally I just want to ask “did you know your sweater could look BRAND NEW again?!”

    • Jennifer says...

      I get sidetracked by all the people who don’t open the vents in their coats or skirts. I have thought of carrying a seam ripper with me on the subway, but don’t have the guts to tell strangers they need to fix their clothes

  68. I’m in California……..feeling jealous I can’t use a sweater razor or have any snow for,that matter..lol……..you guys are so blessed……ok time for a swim…lol..wink wink..

  69. Anna says...

    Girl from Alberta, Canada here (serious salt+boots issues). My tricks are:

    1)For new leather boots/not stained – use mink oil frequently to ‘seal’ your boots. For suede, use the sprays to seal.
    2)If you do have salt stains, use vinegar (I like ACV) and a cloth to gently lift the stains. Then let dry and use shoe polish (coloured) to hide any roughness that you might get. Then…mink oil!
    3) On- going care – wipe your boots if possible when it’s really slushy. Keep up with the mink oil too!

    Also, I like to keep one pair of boots reserved for slushy, salty conditions. I try not to wear suede when it’s wet and I’ll change shoes when I get to work if I need to!

    Best of luck!

    • Lauren says...

      These tips are awesome! Going to try them this weekend. Thanks for sharing.

    • Charity says...

      Yes to vinegar for getting rid of salt stains on leather!
      I mix roughly 2 parts warm water with 1 part white vinegar (bc it’s cheap and I always have some around for other cleaning), then use a soft clean cloth soaked in the mixture to wipe stains off my boots. It’s like magic! Then, of course, let everything dry and follow up with mink oil!

    • sasha says...

      Beware of mink oil (or any other similar animal oil) if you have a dog! I used some on a pair of danskos once and my poor dog just about lost his mind. He could smell a dangerous and vicious predator in our house, ON ME actually, but couldn’t find it….. He kept lunging and snarling at me and then whimpering and crying because he realized it was me, then he’d sniff again and start all over. My lovely freshly oiled danskos went to thrift :(

  70. Liz says...

    I don’t usually spend a lot on shoes, but I have invested in 2 pairs of Aquatalia boots-they are water and salt resistant.

    • Holly says...

      Yes! I bought a pair of Aquatalia chelsea boots this fall. Haven’t worn them since snow fell this winter, but they were SO worth the investment for rainy days.

  71. Claire says...

    cool. where are your sweater before and after pics?

  72. Jessica says...

    I’m a big believer in taking good care of your shoes. At the end of boot season, I always clean my leather boots before storing them and making sure they are in good repair. That way, I know they’re going away in good shape when I need them again. When it’s time to get them out again, I give them a good polish and shine, then spray them with a leather or suede protector spray. I just use the Kiwi brand that you can get from Target or Amazon. I’ve found just taking a few minutes to care for them gives them longer life, and they look a lot better in general.

  73. K says...

    Is CoJ doing three posts per day now? If so, so exciting!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      we’re sticking to two for the time being, but did three yesterday since the washington post story went up a day earlier than we had expected. so i raced through that post and pushed it live as a third! :)

    • K says...

      Well, it was a welcomed surprise. All wonderful content to start the year. You’re crushing it CoJ and it’s only week 1! :)

  74. Kelly says...

    I planned to order this to de-pill my couch and and now stoked to use it on sweaters too!!

  75. Ashlee says...

    Olive oil for the boots works like a charm!

  76. Anna says...

    I have this exact de-piller and it really is amazing. I can’t believe I resisted it for so long!

    • Nina says...

      Does this gadget work on pill-y workout leggings? I worry it’ll snag the stretchy fabric.

    • Ally says...

      YES IT DOES!! Years of chaffing from my back back and non-thigh gap made my lululemon wunderunder leggings really pilly, and the fabric shaved made them look new again. I was SHOCKED. I just made sure not to press too hard and to keep the fabric taught the whole time

    • Ally says...

      *backpack sorry!!

  77. Syd says...

    I was JUST teaching my room mate this trick last night, except I was using just a cheap pink razor. So addictive and weirdly satisfying.

  78. Amanda says...

    Haha, I have that same one and I’m always amazed by its powers when I’m done! It also works on furniture.. like pills on fabric chairs and sofas! Looks good as new!

  79. Wow, I literally just posted an ad on my neighborhood’s social network to see whether someone would have one that I could borrow!
    Serendipitous!

  80. Bethany says...

    We had one of these when I was little and I have this funny memory of my dad using it on my tights before we left for church because they were all pilly! I’ve been wanting to buy one but for some reason it just ends up on that list of things I need that I just never feel like it’s the right time to buy, like a luggage scale and special quinoa colander. I’m inspired to just buy it now!

    • wendy says...

      Double mesh strainers are great for rinsing quinoa (and other things) but also perfect for sifting flour when baking.

    • Maggie says...

      We got a super lightweight fish scale from an outdoor store to weigh our luggage. We live in NZ and whenever we travel to the USA we come back with lots of stuff, so we slip it in one of our suitcases to make sure we don’t end up paying for extra weight. Just loop it through one of the straps and lift up for the reading. It means we can rearrange weightier items among our bags. It’s seriously satisfying checking in and seeing all our various bags each just under the limit! I would never travel without it.

  81. Caitlin Restivo says...

    My Grama also gave me one probably 15 years ago now and I still have and use it!

  82. Meagan says...

    How crazy! I was just questioning my mom about our childhood sweater razor the other day! Thanks for posting this; now I won’t have to do the research on a new one. About to order this one!

  83. Alex says...

    But what’s up with the legal disclaimer on your amazon link – that this product uses chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects, and reproductive problems. (I know dry cleaning is no better) I’ll just wear dingy sweaters I guess. Or is there a safer alternative anyone can recommend?

    • Jeanne says...

      They have to put this on EVERYTHING in California because of excessive frivolous lawsuits. You see it in on every parking structure wall…seriously just about everything. Now companies just post it to be on the safe side. “It has plastic? Could cause cancer!!”

    • Alex says...

      Ah, thanks for the info guys. Makes me feel a bit better. ;)

  84. Becky says...

    The timing of this is impeccable – I literally just stood in front of a mirror with a pill-covered sweater on thinking I needed to do something about it! Thank you ?

    • Porter says...

      same.

  85. Stephanie L says...

    Literally just purchased the EXACT same shaver this morning!! Omg now even more excited :)

  86. Bailey says...

    Leather shoe/boot tip: Once they’re cleaned (with either vinegar solution or leather cleaner) apply a waterproofing wax. I like Nikwax water-based leather cream, which you just apply with your fingers (sprays are harder to control). Then be sure to wipe down shoes with a damp towel when you come inside from a salty streets jaunt. And reapply wax as necessary.

    Sweater tip: In my experience, high quality 100% merino wool doesn’t pill. Avoid blends, especially acrylic and viscose. Lambswool, alpaca, and cashmere can be hit or miss.

  87. Amanda says...

    The fabric shaver is also great for furniture- Our cat won’t stop attacking one arm of our couch, and we’ve given up trying to defend it and just shave it every week or so and it looks fine. Not brand new or anything, but good enough ;p

  88. The timing of this post is so funny – I pulled my fabric razor out this afternoon(I use the Laundress’ sweater comb), and went to town on some sweaters. I bought it last year, and it’s the best!

  89. Lenae C says...

    I tried using a sweater comb that was recommended by some blog or another, but it really just felt like I was rubbing sandpaper on my lovely sweaters, and it didn’t even get all of the fuzzies off. I wore a horrendously fuzz-balled sweater to work yesterday and kept thinking I needed to just buy a damn razor already. Needless to say, this post was timed perfectly, and I bought one. Ha. Thanks!

  90. Andrea says...

    I’ve been thinking about growing out a beloved sweater, but now I can’t wait to buy and try this. THANK YOU! Wardrobe saver for sure!

  91. bisbee says...

    That’s the shaver I have…it does wonders on wool coats too!

  92. No way! I was visiting my family in Slovenia for Christmas and found the same kind of razor in my childhood room. It’s very old, used to belong to my mother and I still have to find the battery for it – so fingers crossed that it still works!
    What a funny coincidence.

  93. I use Vinegar+Water as many people suggested here! Stay Warm in NYC :)

  94. Caitlin says...

    The Gleener is great, because it doesn’t over shave the fabric, and doesn’t use batteries, which I never, ever manage to have when I need them.
    https://www.gleener.com/

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      Awesome, Caitlin. Lol’ing at the testimonials. “OMG, best thing since corn flakes.”

    • Janine says...

      AGREED! And or a Lily brush. Both beloved by us knitters :)

    • Leah says...

      Thanks for this recommendation! I’ve accidentally shaved holes in sweaters before with overzealous de-pilling. :)

  95. sandra says...

    Pilling drives me crazy. I should probably get one of those electric razors for more delicate sweaters, but I’ve been using a (the?) sweater stone (http://www.sweaterstone.com/) for my favourite black wool coat every winter — it definitely refreshes it and I feel like I have a new coat! (I think it’s been almost 10 years now?) Saves sooo much money…

    • Miranda says...

      I used to have a sweater stone and love my fabric shaver SO much. Totally worth the upgrade if you’re already a fan of the process. ;)

  96. Sarah says...

    love that your friends are begging you to cart it around to them all! lol, now i want one myself.

  97. Natalie says...

    I’ve found that a 50/50 white vinegar & water solution is magic for removing salt stains on suede boots.

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      Amazing!!!! Thank you, Natalie. Will try this weekend.

  98. Amanda says...

    I’ve long been obsessed with sweater shaving, but WORD OF CAUTION, don’t press too hard or you’ll cut little holes in your sweaters!! I learned this the hard way when I got a little overzealous with my first shaver and ruined the precious sweater I was trying to improve!

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      Great to know, thanks, Amanda!

    • alison says...

      Also, don’t put it to your lips like I did when I was 5 or 6 years old. Not my finest hour! [eye roll emoji]

    • Lilly says...

      Seconded! Following up with a leather conditioner can help too, the vinegar can be pretty drying. I’ve got an old tin of saddle polish that’s been doing the trick for years.

  99. Alexandra Marie says...

    Also works on upholstered furniture that is looking a little rough!!

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      Genius!!

    • linda says...

      so good to know!! thank you!

    • That’s a great suggestion! I’m in California and not in dire need of sweater-salvaging, but our sofas could certainly use a refresh!

    • Katie says...

      I used one on my den sofa and it looked brand new!

  100. I have memories of my mom using one when I was a kid, but it was super old – probably circa 1980’s. I thought for sure that it was one of those gadgets that was probably a fire-hazard and no one made them anymore because I’ve never seen anyone else use one or talk about them. One of those funny things you almost wonder if you imagined when you were little, that might not actually exist. So glad to see that they do, and I can buy one on Amazon!

  101. Jean Goddard says...

    OMG, I love this!!!! I just got back to the cold weather and was looking with dismay at my tatty sweaters. I am going to get this ASAP! Thanks, Stella!

  102. linda says...

    ohh you just always have the best recs on your blog!! thank you so very much :)

  103. Jenna says...

    I’ve had one in my amazon cart and this has convinced me to get it. Midwest winters have turned me into one big pill-ball.

  104. Mmmm. I love mine. So satisfying. It’s an Oerick and plugs into the wall! Maybe you can do a follow up on washing sweaters? I hand wash mine, roll in a towel, and lay flat to dry but they never seem to look as nice as dry cleaning.

    • Natalie says...

      You should try the Laundress Wool & Cashmere Wash. I swear by it. It’s even better than the dry cleaners, because your sweaters smell amazing afterwards. I always feel like the cleaners makes them smell chemical-y. I have washed a few sweaters by hand in my sink, but I actually use it in my HE washer too. I’ll put the sweater in a mesh bag and use the hand wash or delicate cycle. I lay the sweaters flat to dry, and either steam them to release wrinkles or do a quick 5 minute fluff in my dryer when they are damp.

      http://amzn.to/2CVl9Es

    • Thank you, Natalie!

  105. Celeste says...

    I swear by my Gleener! I normally don’t buy things with only one use but I use this all. the. time.

    Taking care of your clothes makes such a big difference in how you look! I’m pretty passionate about it (sustainability! making do! less is more! buying quality!)

    For stained leather, I’ve loved Chamberlain’s Leather Milk: http://amzn.to/2CFn6r0

    Good luck!

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      Thank you so much for the tip, Celeste!! x

  106. Christine Hart says...

    I bought one too! SO MUCH LINT!!

  107. Caroline says...

    I bought the same fabric shaver a few weeks ago, and it has made such a difference! Now I have enough decent looking turtlenecks to wear one every day of the week :) haha!

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      Hahaha, amazing, Caroline. Love.

  108. I bought one too! It has salvaged so many pilled cardigans and sweaters. An added unexpected benefit: Using it calms my anxious mind? It forces me to focus as I work on a section at a time and there’s something so satisfying about watching all the fuzz accumulate in the reservoir.

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      Agreed!!!