Imagine a world without ironing. Sure, wrinkled clothing may come to mind, but there are a few techniques you can use to straighten your clothes without even touching an iron and lugging out your ironing board. Although there are plenty of tricks to dewrinkle clothing, some of them may seem more trouble than they are worth. Below are some doable tricks to remove wrinkles that may have you wondering why you even have an iron.
Shower steam: While you’re taking a shower, hang your clothes up on the shower rod, so the steam will straighten out the clothes. Make sure the bathroom door is properly closed, so steam can’t escape. It takes at least 15 minutes for the steam to uncrinkle the folds in your clothes, so you might want to only use this method when you’re taking a long, hot shower.
Wrinkle-removing sprays: There are a couple of wrinkle-removing sprays on the market, and one of the more popular ones is the Downy Wrinkle Releaser ($16). Spray it on your clothes and smooth it out while it’s damp, and you’ll see the wrinkles magically disappearing. Works best on cotton-blend fabrics. Be careful when spraying on fragile fabrics like silk as it may leave water spots. Always do a patch test before spraying.
Blow-dry: Dampen the wrinkled areas with water, and then gently blow-dry it it on low heat. Hold it about two inches away from your clothing, so it won’t overheat the fabric.
Hang your clothes right after doing laundry: Take your clothes out from the dryer as soon as you can and fold them or hang them to put in your closet. This will help keep wrinkles to a minimum.
Tumble dry: Spray water on your clothes so that they’re slightly damp, and then put the items in the dryer on low heat setting for about 15 minutes. Instead of spraying water on your clothes, you can also toss a damp sock into the dryer instead. Be sure to hang your clothes immediately after you take them out of the dryer.
Flat iron: Use a hair-straightening iron to straighten out your clothes. It’s perfect for touch-ups and for targeting hard-to-iron areas such as your shirt collar or the space between buttons and appliqués. Remember not to hold it down in an area for too long, or it may burn your shirt. Make sure the iron does not have hair products on it; otherwise it can damage your clothes.