HOUSEKEEPING TIPS: Top tips to avoid having to get the iron out of the cupboard
HOUSEKEEPING TIPS: Top tips to avoid having to get the iron out of the cupboard

Tips for removing wrinkles from clothes without ironing

IRONING: who has time for it, much less the patience and sheer stubbornness it can take to smooth out deeply embedded wrinkles? Luckily, there are easier ways to make your clothes wrinkle-free.

1. Start by hanging them properly

Prevention is better than cure, and so the easiest way to remove wrinkles is by avoiding them in the first place. Instead of haphazardly pegging your clothes on the line (or chucking them in the dryer), follow these guidelines for wrinkle-free clothes.

T-SHIRTS: Fold the hem a little over the line and pin at each end, with two more pegs in the middle. The more pegs you use, the fewer wrinkles you'll have as there's less space for the clothing to sag.

SHIRTS: Smooth out and hang from a plastic coat hanger.

DRESSES: Peg from shoulders if straight, or from the hem if full or gathered. Better yet, use a hanger as above.

PANTS AND SHORTS: Peg from the waistband.

SKIRTS: Like dresses, peg from the waistband if straight, or from the hem if full or gathered.

SHEETS: Fold hem to hem, pinning together so the inside billows like a sail. This allows maximum air flow, which means fewer wrinkles.

When you take your clothes off the line, fold immediately.

2. Make a wrinkle-smoothing spray

Mix a teaspoon of liquid fabric softener with a cup of cold water (distilled, if you have it) and spray generously. Leave to air-dry. This is especially useful if you're travelling.

3. Use your blow-dryer

Spray clothing liberally with cold water and then gently blow-dry  on the lowest heat setting. Keep your blow-dryer at least two inches from the fabric to avoid heat damage.

4. Put your shower on double duty

While you're showering, close the door and any windows (to stop steam escaping) and hang your clothes up. It'll take about 15 minutes, but the steam will soften the wrinkles until they're gone. Sounds like the perfect opportunity to take a long, hot shower.

5. Turn your dryer into a steamer

By adding a handful of ice cubes to your dryer, you can turn it into a steamer and remove wrinkles from your clothing. This works best on clothes that are already dry - just pop them in on a high heat setting for 15 minutes, along with the ice cubes, and you're good to go.

6. Use a damp towel

For the truly lazy among us (no judgement), lay a wrinkled item on a flat surface and cover with a damp towel. Press down for a few minutes and remove the towel. Leave the clothing to air-dry.

7. Use the force (of a mattress)

For the truly, truly lazy (again, no judgement), lay your wrinkled clothing on a flat surface and roll very tightly (like you would a burrito). Place the roll under a mattress for 15-30 minutes, and behold the magic you created.

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