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Some people find ironing enjoyable and even therapeutic. But if it's a pet peeve or if it's your lifelong dream to never iron again, we have a few tips to get you well on your way to making that dream a reality.
- Hang up your clothes as soon as they come out of the washing machine. Give clothes a shake and smooth out the items before you hang them up. That way, they won’t dry with stubborn creases. Hang them up by the strongest piece of fabric. For shirts, place them straight onto a hanger.
- Spritz your clean clothes with a wrinkle-releasing product. To make your own, add one part water and one part fabric softener. Mix well and spray lightly onto clothes to help relax the fabric so that wrinkles simply drop out once you hang them up.
- Remove creases with steam. Handheld steamers are a quick and easy way to get rid of creases. They are reasonably priced and don’t take up much room, but if you don’t want to buy one, an easy alternative is to place items in the bathroom while you have a hot shower.
- Keep your wardrobe tidy and clutter-free. Don’t stuff clean clothes in an overcrowded wardrobe. Make sure your clothes have enough breathing space, otherwise they'll get creased all over again.
- Buy clothes in fabrics that won’t crease. Clothes made from 100-percent cotton tend to crease badly, but cotton-blended materials are better. Any man-made materials — including jersey, heavy denim, and knits — are usually good options.
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Extra Laundry Trick
If your clothing has been sitting in the washing machine too long (don’t worry, we all forget to hang out our clothes from time to time), and has started to dry, spritz it with clean water to help loosen the fibers
In the Wash
Add a cup of white vinegar to each wash. It acts as a fabric softener (with the added bonus of deodorizing clothes) and helps soften wrinkles.
In the Dryer
When tumble-drying clothes, in the last 10 minutes of your cycle, add a damp cloth — it will soften the fabric and loosen wrinkles. Another trick is to add tennis balls to the cycle because they help clothes dry faster and move air around the dryer, which helps prevent wrinkling.
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