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Laundry day isn't a fun day for many of us, and to a point, can become a chore people procrastinate on. Much of the issue comes with having to iron out the wrinkles in all those shirts and pants.
Ironing is one of those chores that people generally don't like to do. It's not fun, and if you're like me, it's also pretty difficult to do. (All those little edges and pleats, right?)
Thankfully, there are ways to remove wrinkles without an iron. Here are some tried-and-true methods that get rid of wrinkles without ruining your day.
Use wrinkle-removing spray.
You know how stores sell "wrinkle release" sprays? Believe it or not, they work pretty well. The easiest way to remove wrinkles without an iron is to spritz your clothing with this kind of spray and shake out the wrinkles.
It's important to remember that certain fabrics, especially those that are heavily dyed or very delicate, may not work well with this kind of spray. That being said, it's great for dress shirts. If you're not sure how to care for fabrics you own, it's best to err on the side of caution with this option.
Toss an ice cube in the dryer.
Got a dryer? You might never need to iron again. You'd never guess it, but throwing an ice cube in your dryer works well as a method to remove wrinkles if you don't have an iron. If you think about it, this is one of the best dryer hacks no one seems to know.
Put your clothing in the shower.
Wait, what? No, not directly in line of the water! The easiest way to get rid of clothing wrinkles without having to deal with sprays or irons is to let steam do the wrinkle release for you.
To do this lifehack, hang your clothing on the shower rod as close to the water as you can get without water splashing on your clothes. Then, turn on the shower to a high heat. The steam from the shower should help you release wrinkles within 15 to 20 minutes.
Roll your clothes.
If you are really low on supplies, you might want to try rolling the wrinkles out of your clothes. To do this, roll the clothes up like a burrito, then place a very heavy object on top of it for an hour or two. When you remove the object and unroll your clothes, they should have fewer wrinkles.
Use a tea kettle as a makeshift steamer.
We already know that steam releases fabric wrinkles, so why not kill two birds with one stone? If you love brewing a hot pot of tea in the morning, you can use the steam coming from the teapot to remove wrinkles.
A good rule of thumb is to hold the teapot about a foot away from the clothes. Steam that's too hot or too close to the clothes can damage sensitive fabrics.
Or, you know, you can heat the bottom of the teapot and use it as a makeshift iron like this guy did. Both methods work pretty well!
Put a damp towel on your clothes.
If you want to remove wrinkles without an iron and don't want to involve steam or chemicals, there are still other methods you can use to get your laundry looking fine. To do this, lay your clothing flat and press a damp towel in the areas that have wrinkles.
Quickly lift the towel off, shake your clothes gently, and then hang your clothing up to try. Ta da! The wrinkles are gone!
You could also get a clothing steamer.
If you want to avoid ever having to iron again, why bother with all the makeshift stuff? Just get a clothing steamer, and you'll be able to remove wrinkles for years to come.
Admittedly, clothing steamers cost a pretty penny. However, they offer professional-quality results and are designed to be safe to use on a wide variety of fabrics. Did we mention that they also aren't irons? Because they totally aren't irons.
DIY your own wrinkle release spray.
If you don't have a steamer and are a bit crafty, why not just make your own wrinkle-release spray? To make your own spray, mix a teaspoon of hair conditioner, a tablespoon of white vinegar, and two cups of water together in a spray bottle.
Spray it on, watch the wrinkles fade away.
Use a hair dryer.
Did you know that fabric wrinkles actually fade away when hot bursts of air hit clothes? Surprising, isn't it? The easiest way to combat wrinkles when you really don't want chemicals or water involved in the process, therefore, is to grab your hair dryer.
Put your dryer on maximum heat and use it on the wrinkled areas. You literally will be able to watch the wrinkles melt away!
Finally, you could also spritz white vinegar on your clothes.
Vinegar is one of the most useful ingredients in your kitchen, and one of the many uses for white vinegar is as a wrinkle releaser. A couple of spritzes of vinegar will remove wrinkles without an iron.
Don't worry about the potential smell, either. Unlike regular vinegar, white vinegar doesn't stink because it doesn't have the enzyme that causes the telltale stink of vinegar. That's vinegar science for you.