Weird confession: I love ironing my clothes. I find it really therapeutic to look at the creases disappear gradually from my blouse. I am very particular about having wrinkles on my clothing so I always make it a point to iron my clothes before I wear them. Nothing says sloppy more than wearing a crumpled shirt!
However it’s a real challenge to keep them crease free when I travel; they get all squashed up when my suitcase is being manhandled by the airport personnel. I never liked the idea of ironing it at the hotel because (a) I ruined a blouse because their iron was faulty (b) I hardly have time and (c) sometimes they don’t have it.
In a bid to make my life (and yours of course, because we are all about nifty tips and tricks), I have compiled the different ways you can de-wrinkle your clothing without using the iron!
1. Spray and hang
Lightly spray water on the wrinkled areas and hang it dry. As it dries up, the wrinkles will disappear along with it. However, this method is more effective on thinner materials such as silk.
Roll the garment (not fold!) like a burrito and slide them under the mattress of your bed. The heat and the weight of the mattress will free the blouse of the wrinkles.
3. Bathe with it
Hang the garment in the bathroom while you take a shower and seal the bathroom to minimize air leaks. When you shower, you fill a tiny place with a lot of heat very quickly, and this heat will be able to straighten those creases out. However, only try this method if you have an abundance of time because it takes at least 10 minutes for the steam to unwrinkle the folds.
4. Damp towel
Lay your garment on a flat surface (preferably hard too) and put a damp towel on top of it. Press it down to smoothen out the creased areas. Then hang it up and let it air dry.
5. Hair dryer
This is probably the most straightforward method. Simply damp the wrinkled area and gently blow dry it on low heat. You should keep a distance of two inches so that you don’t damage the garment.
6. Hair straightener
I know this is technically cheating but if you have an emergency, this is your best bet! Did you know that woman in the 60s used to straighten their hair with an actual iron? So we are actually flipping the script. While it’s not possible to fully smoothen out all the creases with the flat iron, it’s really effective for small concentrated areas.
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