I don't know about you, but ironing is one of many household chores I dread. Of course, trying to de-wrinkle your clothes is tough. None of us wants to leave the house looking like we’ve had our clothes shoved in a paper bag and shipped to China and back, but the thought of having to stand there for hours perfecting every crease makes me want to pull out my hair.
If only there was a stress-free way to de-wrinkle your clothes...
We’re all about simplifying our lives here at Expert Home Tips, so in the spirit of quick fixes, I’ve compiled a list to banish wrinkles from your clothes, and all without an iron in sight, hurray!
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1. Use a pot to de-wrinkle your clothes
One of the oldest tricks in the book to de-wrinkle your clothes without an iron is to use your regular metal pot that you’d make your favourite pasta dish in. Make sure the bottom of your pot is squeaky clean, boil water in the pot, then spill it out.
From there, use the bottom of the pot as your iron to run over your clothes. The steam will give you just enough time to de-wrinkle your favourite outfit, Brilliant!
2. The damp towel approach
This is another great, reliable tip. Place your dress or any wrinkled garment on a clean floor or table surface and place a damp towel flat on top of the garment. Using your hands, press down on the towel and smooth out the wrinkled area with your hands. Job done!
3. Try a homemade wrinkle spray to banish wrinkles
I originally thought branded de-wrinkling sprays were a marketing con and that homemade wrinkle sprays were a myth. As it turns out, it is REALLY simple to make your own wrinkle release spray! Here's my favourite DIY de-wrinkling spray from One Good Thing.
4. Hang your clothes in the shower to de-wrinkle clothes in minutes
Another oldy but a goody, this trick has been tried and tested for years and can save you a tonne of time in the morning. Close the windows and doors in your bathroom and hang wrinkled clothes from the shower rod.
Then go about your normal bathroom routine—shower, shave your legs, work on your Taylor Swift impression. Fifteen minutes later, wrinkle-free clothes, fantastic!
Just remember to try and prevent yourself from soaking your clothes in the process...
5. Roll your tops like burritos
This one is my favourite! Another effective way to get wrinkles out of your clothes is to roll your tops as if you were rolling up burritos. Once they're all wrapped up, pop them under your mattress for an hour. This is literally like pressing your clothes.
Note: make sure you roll your clothes. Simply folding them will not work, trust me I tried, the results were very disappointing...
6. Sprinkle some vinegar magic to de-wrinkle your clothes
We love vinegar! Check out our 21 uses for vinegar, some of them might surprise you.
Did you know that standard white vinegar can eradicate wrinkles from your clothes? It’s true! Mist garments with 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water, and let it air-dry.
Bonus: It’s super gentle on your threads so there's no need to worry. White vinegar doesn't smell like normal vinegar either.
7. Throw ice cubes in with your drying
This one may seem odd, but it definitely works; both on stubborn carpet dents and de-wrinkling clothes. Throw a wrinkled shirt in the dryer with a couple of ice cubes and run on high heat for a few minutes. The ice will melt and create de-wrinkling steam which will then iron out your clothes nicely in the dryer.
8. Steam those tiny wrinkles with a pot of tea
This method is great for those tiny wrinkles that you can never quite perfect. Boil water in your kettle, then just before you savour that first cup of morning tea (or coffee), hold the spout of the steaming kettle 12 inches away from the wrinkled problem areas. Problem solved!
9. Blow dry your dress to de-wrinkle your clothes immediately
Did you know you can actually blow dry wrinkles out of your clothes with concentrated bursts of hot air? Wow. This works particularly well on dresses with awkward creases. Slightly dampen the wrinkled area on your dress, set the hairdryer on low and blow on the dress 1-2 inches away (to avoid scorching the fabric) until the wrinkles straighten out.
10. Flat iron your shirt collar
Hair straighteners aren't just for hair, who knew? Women used to straighten their hair with an actual iron in the 60s, and now we are flipping it in reverse. Use your flat iron to quickly press your shirt collar or remove small wrinkles in your blouse.
Just be sure to wipe off any product build-up on the plates first and be mindful of temperature settings (cotton = high heat; silk = low heat).
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Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed my tips! If you have any inspirational ways to de-wrinkle your clothes, please feel free to share them below.