How to Fix Little Problems at School

It happens to everyone - little problems that pop up only once you get to school. Things like having a stain on a t-shirt, forgetting to brush your teeth, etc. Here are some suggestions for fixing them at school without making a big deal out of them.


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    Forget to brush your teeth? Drink lots of water! Water washes away some of the bad-breath bacteria. Gargle water in the bathroom. Chew gum or hard candy. Get something to eat.
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    Stain on your shirt? Soak the affected spot in warm water in the school bathroom. Put a tiny dab of soap on it. Blow dry it underneath the hand blower. Then, the best thing you can do is to forget about it and get on with your day. It's best not to change your shirt (if you even have another one) because people will more easily notice you changed your shirt rather than you had a stain.
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    Shoe giving you a blister? Wash the blister with warm water and soap in the school bathroom. Dry off. Put a small piece of tissue or toilet paper on the blister. Then put your shoe back on. Or try walking with your heel on the heels of your shoe (ex: bend the heel down and walk on it). Be warned though, walking on the heel may ruin the shoe and will draw attention to you. In class, try to take your shoe off, to give a little time for the blister to heal. If it is really bothering you, go to the nurse.
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    Got something huge stuck in the middle of your teeth? You can ask for a toothbrush from the nurse. Or, try using the tip of a pen cap. Swish some water around in your mouth. If you have nothing else, roll up a small piece of hand towel, and use its abrasiveness to try to wipe off the food piece.
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    Are your lips chapped? Put some Vaseline or lipstick, gloss, etc. on it. Refrain from licking your lips all day. If you can't access a chap stick etc., dab water on your lips and keep hydrated by drinking a lot of water during the day. Remember to put a chap stick in your backpack for the next day.
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    Does your head hurt? Drink lots of water. Some people get headaches when they are dehydrated. Eat some food. Some people get headaches when they are hungry. Try some stretches - sometimes headaches are tension related, such as worrying about a test. Go to the nurse if you feel really bad.
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    Forget it was spirit day? Talk to a friend who is completely decked out and ask to borrow a few of their accessories (maybe a bandana and plastic wristband in your school's colors). Or, you can always be prepared and have an appropriately colored shirt in your locker. In the morning, you could quickly change your shirt so you are somewhat spirited.


  • Trying to cover up somethings might just draw more attention to it.
  • No one notices these little problems as much as you think they do.
  • Leave a travel-sized toothbrush and toothpaste tube in your backpack for emergency occasions. This is great not only if you left the house forgetting to clean your teeth but also for those moments when something is stuck in your teeth or you feel you have bad breath!
  • Don't worry so much! Confidence makes up for any little problem.


  • If you feel sick, go to the nurse.
  • Don't borrow chap sticks from others! It may be a quick fix, but it can get you some lip disease, which is pretty common and will make you look even worse.

Things You'll Need

  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Gum or mints
  • Chap Stick
  • Water bottle
  • Non-perishable snack
  • Band-Aids
  • Optional: a t-shirt in your school's colors, cough drops, spare pen/pencil

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