I can’t count how many times I’ve been late leaving my home because I was stuck trying to iron a shirt. This simple task can turn into a real time-suck whipping out my ironing board, filling it with water, waiting for it to heat up (cue the Final Jeopardy song), and then finally pressing out those bothersome wrinkles. Luckily, I just discovered a much easier trick that gets clothing smooth as can be using an unlikely duo: your dryer and some ice cubes!
A video posted on the Jumble Joy YouTube channel shows the three easy steps: First, place a shirt or any piece of wrinkled clothing that isn’t dry clean only in your dryer. Next, add about five to six ice cubes in there, too. It might sound weird but the ice will melt in the dryer and create steam very fast to banish those wrinkles in the fabric. Place the dryer’s setting on high and leave it to refresh the wrinkled clothing for five minutes. Then, voilà! Ready to wear! Watch the video below to see how to try this hack at home:
I obviously love having wrinkle-free clothes but hate ironing. So this trick was right up my alley, so I decided to test it out nixing some wrinkles from a spandex/cotton blend tank top and a pair of lyocell pants that I typically wear with a blazer for an event. Although I was doing two clothing items at once, I only added six ice cubes to prevent the clothes from possibly getting damp after the short drying period. Also, I placed a dryer sheet in there to reduce static and give the clothes a fresh and floral smell.
After five minutes, I opened the dryer and was surprised at how well this trick was able to remove the major wrinkles from the tank top. The pants were still a bit too wrinkly for my liking, so I popped them back in the dryer for two extra minutes and afterwards most of the wrinkles were gone!
I would say it did just as good a job getting the clothes wrinkle-free as my iron without any of the hassle. It’s safe to say this hack really won me over!
Now I’m not saying that I’ll never use an iron or steamer to nix wrinkles ever again, especially when washing bigger loads of clothes on the weekends. But this hack will definitely come in handy for those times when I just need to freshen up one or two clothing pieces. Maybe now I’ll finally be on time when meeting a friend to grab coffee or dinner.