Simple Ways to Remove Creases From Clothing
There is a variety of old school and new school ways of removing creases from clothing. Here are just a handful of them, although I’m sure your grandmother has a whole bunch more.
How Do You Get Creases Out Of Clothes Without Using An Iron?
Blow Dry – It’s possible, if you’re in a rush, to use a blow dryer to focus upon annoying wrinkles in your business outfit. You’ll need to hold it a few inches away from the garment to avoid burning it. Short, powerful bursts are able to targets localized areas of fabric.
In the Shower – Your shower may double up as a kind of large-scale steam press. All you need do you hang your un-ironed clothing from the shower rod. Then, simply follow your normal shower routine, and after ten or fifteen minutes your clothing should be wrinkle-free.
Pot Of Tea – It sounds more regal, right? But the main point is to get your wrinkly clothing near the spout of a teapot or a kettle; about a foot and a half should do. Very much like a clothes steamer, the concentrated steam will loosen some of the individual fibers of the clothing and leave the item smooth and unruffled.
Burrito Time – No need for steam iron and an ironing board. Simply roll your creased clothes on any flat surface, into a giant burrito! Place under a mattress for up to a half-hour. It’s a makeshift clothing press and will do the job of smoothing out the majority of irritating indentations. Ideal, perhaps, for short trips in which you don’t necessarily want to bring an iron with you.
The Damp Towel – Using a flat surface, place the item of clothing down and press a damp towel down onto the clothing, smoothing out the crinkled areas with your bare hands.
Ice Cubes – This one’s pretty cool! When putting an item of clothing in the dryer, add a few ice cubes from your ice machine or ice cube tray. Put it on a high level of heat for a couple of minutes. In the process the ice melts to produce steam; the steam has a de-wrinkling effect on your clothes. Voila!
How Do You Prevent Creases?
Wear Dry Clothes – It sounds obvious, but if there is the slightest hint of dampness in your clothing then wrinkling can occur. Even when clothes have been through washers and dryers, better to leave them to become bone-dry before wearing them. Clothing is best worn at room temperature, so leave it to dry overnight. Use a dehumidifier if the weather is damp, or you want quicker results.
Iron Well – It is best to iron your clothes inside-out; iron also along the seam lines. It’s also wise to adjust your iron’s setting to the precise setting required by the label on the clothing.
Anti-Wrinkle Spray – There are plenty of anti-wrinkle sprays on the market; you can even concoct your own, using vinegar. Your clothes get a pounding in the washing machine so the least you can do is make them as smooth as possible; it will extend their lifespan.
Purchase Wrinkle-Resistant – There are certain fabrics that are designed to be ‘zero-crease’, often containing less cotton. Polyester and silk naturally wrinkle less, along with viscose.
Hair Straighteners – These can also be used for ironing out creases; women actually used to use irons on their hair back in the 1960s, so it’s a versatile product. Take care to monitor the temperature settings, modifying for the fabric – for silk, it should be on low heat, for cotton a high heat. Hair straighteners are small, meaning that you can easily pack them in your bag and enjoy crease-free clothing on your travels.
Does Fabric Softener Remove Wrinkles?
A decent brand liquid fabric softener will reduce static cling and also reduce wrinkles that are a side-effect of washing clothes. Their softening influence will make wrinkles less prevalent as your fabrics begin to dry. Don’t forget, though:
- Not to overload washer – The more room clothes have, the less likely they are to become entwined, twisted, and wrinkled when drying.
- Not to overload dryer – Cleverly putting in only a half load will allow clothes to move around that bit more, the fabrics fluffing up and retaining their full body.
- Not to await the dryer’s full-cycle – If you remove half the load from the half-load, then the remaining clothes will have even more space to expand and avoid that nasty wrinkling process.
- Not to use hangers – Hangers are very useful; if you get clothes onto them immediately after the drying ends, you’ll reap the rewards of smoothness. Timing is important, though. You won’t want to put very damp clothes onto hangers because your fabric could start to form hardened, molded shoulders. Fine on the football field; not in everyday life!
Overall, there are many things you can do to minimize wrinkles and creases from forming on your clothes. By doing so it extends the longevity of your clothing, so it’s really a win-win move.
- Why Do Clothes Get Wrinkled? – Wonderopolis