Confession time: I spend a lot of time in sweat pants. Because of this, my dress pants spend a lot of time on hangers — specifically, folded in half and draped across a hanger bar. This saves a lot of space in my closet, but it means that when I do ditch the sweats for slacks, I have to pull out the ironing board (because all of my pants have a sharp crease line at the knee). Recently, however, I found a simple trick to hang pants without creasing them… using pool noodles. Keep reading to see how this wacky yet effective clothing hack works.
How To Hang Pants Without Creasing Them
Pool noodles are a household staple, especially if you or your kids love swimming. The lightweight foam rods can serve as pool toys, flotation devices, or even exercise gear for water aerobics. Pool noodles are also cheap to buy (Buy from Walmart, $0.98) and come in a variety of fun colors. With summer pool days on the horizon, you’ll probably be using this item a lot more often — but what about the rest of the year? Instead of shoving unused pool noodles into a random closet, why not turn them into anti-wrinkle tools for your pants?
TikTok user @jmg8tor demonstrated how he attaches a pool toy to a hanger before placing his dress pants on it. Although the hack might look strange, it actually creates a barrier between the hanger’s bar and the pants. As a result, the pants sitting on a curved edge — rather than a sharp one — stops creases from forming. To try it out yourself, follow the steps and watch the video below:
- 1 pool noodle
- Sharp serrated knife
- 1 clothing hanger
- 1 to 2 pair of pants (any kind)
- Lay the pool noodle horizontally on a flat surface. Position the hanger along the length of the pool noodle.
- Take note of how much of the pool noodle will fit on the hanger. Draw a small line at that spot using the marker.
- Cut the pool noodle at the mark so it forms two smaller pieces.
- With the marked pool noodle, make a full cut through one side of the rod’s width. This should leave you with a foam rod that can open and close in the center like a book.
- Place the slitted pool noodle onto the hanger so it’s secure. Then, drape a pair of folded pants over the padded hanger before placing it in your closet.
- Repeat this process with the remaining part of the original pool noodle and an additional pair of pants.
Note: Due to the pool noodle’s thickness, this method will admittedly take up some extra space in your closet. To avoid a cramped closet, use this hack for two or three pairs of special occasion pants rather than every pair you own.
Thanks to this hack, you won’t have to waste time with your steamer or ironing out pesky wrinkles. Pool noodles might seem like an unlikely laundry item, but there are plenty more household staples that can serve a surprisingly similar purpose. Next, why don’t you try swapping bleach for aspirin in order to whiten your clothes or using eucalyptus oil as a natural stain remover? These shortcuts make laundry day less of a chore — and more fun!
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