You should never go to an event, work, or a job interview in a wrinkled outfit. But what if you don’t currently have an iron? No issue. Try these quick fixes to get rid of wrinkles.
Remember: Use caution while utilizing any of these tips, and check the garment’s label first.
Make an Iron Out of a Hot Pot
Although a hot pot or teakettle isn’t nearly as effective as an iron, it can work well. Boil some water in a medium-sized pot. When the water becomes quite steaming, pour it out. Then, swiftly “iron” the garment on a table or another hard surface using the pot’s bottom. Cotton, wool, and linen work well with this technique. Avoid placing a hot pot on vinyl or clothing with plastic decorations since it might melt them. Of course, use caution when touching the hot pot.
Work Miracles on Wrinkles with a Hair Dryer
Hair dryers can work miracles on wrinkles, especially if you’re traveling and have limited options. Put the wrinkled item on a hanger, then wet the wrinkled areas with a little bit of water. Bottled water is best because tap water can have minerals that can potentially cause staining.
Turn on the hair dryer and focus the heat on the most wrinkled sections of the garment. You can also hand smooth, if needed. Just make sure that you don’t hold the dryer too close to your clothing and risk burning the fabric.
Place your clothes under a mattress.
Here’s a trick for defusing creases in clothing with nothing but a mattress. Your clothing should be laid down flat, the wrinkles ironed out, and then rolled up like a burrito. Wait for 15 to 30 minutes after sliding your fabric burrito under the mattress. Surprise! No more wrinkles after removing it.
Use a Dryer to Release Wrinkles
For items like shirts and pants that are wrinkled all over (as opposed to small areas, such as collars), putting them back in the dryer will get the job done. This trick works best for cotton clothing, but can work for cotton blends as well.
Place the garment in the dryer, preferably with a damp, but not soaking wet, towel. This will create steam and release the wrinkles. A washcloth can also work, especially if you are trying to remove wrinkles from just one small item. Put the dryer on a high setting for five to 10 minutes. Remove the item as soon as the cycle is finished, or it will wrinkle again. Then either wear it or put it on a hanger.
Use a Flat Iron to Remove Wrinkles
The flat iron you use on your hair makes a great ersatz clothing iron—and even works better on smaller areas like collars or those tiny spaces between buttons.
Before turning the flat iron on, it’s important to make sure the plates are clean and free of any product that can stain your clothing. Even if the plates don’t appear dirty, clean them off with rubbing alcohol before doing anything else. Then make sure you are using the proper settings: For delicates and silk, use a low temperature; for sweaters and thicker fabrics, a warmer temperature will work best.
Make a DIY Your Own Wrinkle Remover Spray
You probably have all of the ingredients you need to make your own. Combine one cup of water (preferably distilled, just boil some if you don’t have any lying around or simply use bottled water) and 1 teaspoon of liquid fabric softener. It’s also a good idea to add 1 teaspoon of rubbing alcohol to help the liquid evaporate more quickly. Shake it all up in an empty spray bottle and then apply.
If you don’t have fabric softener on hand but have a little extra time for the garment to dry, you can use one part white vinegar to three parts water. Combine in a spray bottle, apply it to your clothing, and then let it dry. The wrinkles should disappear. If you don’t want to smell like vinegar, add a drop of your favorite essential oil (citrus scents are ideal) to cut the odor. But don’t add too much oil because it can cause staining.
Use a Damp Towel to Get Rid of Wrinkles
This approach may seem straightforward, but it completely works. Put a damp towel over the wrinkled garment on a flat surface. Deep creases can be pressed out using your hands. To let the item air dry, hang it. Check yourself for stray hairs and lint balls before you go for your function, and take off any pilling from your clothing before you head out the door.
Shower Out Wrinkles
About to get ready and realize your outfit is wrinkled? Multitask and steam out the wrinkles in your clothing while you take a shower. Put the garment on a hanger, and hang it in the back of your shower. Then turn the water on (the hotter the better), but be careful not to splash or get soap on your clothes.
If water spots on the fabric are a real concern, you can always keep the hanger on a towel rack or hook outside of the shower. If this is the case, turn up your shower all the way and let the room get steamy. Then leave the water on for approximately 10 minutes, and when you come back, the outfit will be ready to wear. Keep in mind that this isn’t the most environmentally friendly method of steaming out your clothing, so try not to keep the hot water running for too long. And don’t forget to shut the door and windows.
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