Breathe new life into your faux fur bags, coats, and plush toys using just two items.

Just touching the soft faux fur on a new product conjures up images of rubbing a furry cat’s tummy, but after a few months of use the buildup of grease and dirt will inevitably lead to clumping and knotting. That cat tummy will start to feel more akin to the rear end of a dirty feral animal instead.

Fortunately there’s a fix for that, as Japanese Twitter user @TVXQ_porte_212 shows with her faux fur bag and just two tools readily found in 100-yen stores: a dog grooming brush and generic silicone-based anti-frizz spray.

▼ Before and after treatment.

According to her, all one needs to do is brush the affected area much like how you would groom a dog, while spraying anti-frizz generously to facilitate the detangling process. @TVXQ_porte_212 doesn’t wash her bag before brushing, but if you choose to do so, she recommends to immediately apply the spray while it’s drying.

As the brushing step tends to rip out some fibers and cause potential irreversible damage, she advocates using it on bags or coats that are about to be thrown out.

▼ Voilà! It might not fully restore it back
to its original state, but it does come close!

Japanese netizens were pleasantly surprised with the results, with some offering helpful tips as well:

“You can try this using rabbit grooming brushes too.”
“I’ve already thrown out my bag! I’ll be sure to test this out the next time.”
“That’s fantastic! I’ll try this with my products.”
“This is a great lifehack. Thanks for the tip.”
“The sleeves of my fluffy hoodie are so clumpy that it’s embarrassing to wear it outside, yet I can’t bring myself to throw it out. I’ll make a trip down to a 100-yen shop and give this a try.”

Stuffed toys such as Totoro plush toys are notorious for losing their fluffiness after a few years of hugging and squeezing, making @TVXQ_porte_212’s technique a perfect way to revert them back to their majestic furriness.

Source, featured image: Twitter/@TVXQ_porte_212