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Pills on a sweater
Credit: Andrew Rowley

Problem: Pilling
Solution: To remove the clingy balls caused by abrasion, use a battery-operated sweater shaver or a plastic depilling comb. (Evercare makes both; they're $10 and $4, respectively, at drugstores.) Another tack: "The hook side of Velcro works great," says Jane Rising, manager of education and training at the International Fabricare Institute, in Silver Spring, Maryland.