With our increasingly busy schedules and “always on the go” attitude, we can often find our favorite outfit looking a little more wrinkled and disheveled than expected.
Whether you simply don’t have an iron on hand or you don’t have the time or the patience to haul out a bulky and awkward ironing board, there are some quick and easy iron-free ways to remove those wrinkles so you always look your best.
Want to find out how to get wrinkles out of clothes when you’re on the go?
Read on for 10 of the best wrinkle-removing hacks for home or away!
How To Get Wrinkles Out Of Your Clothes
1. Scented Vinegar Spray
This easy natural wrinkle remover will not only make sure your clothes are wrinkle-free, but it is a time saver.
Just mix 1 cup of white vinegar with 1 cup distilled water and pour the mixture into a spray bottle. Gently shake the liquid to mix. You can even add a few drops of our favorite essential oil if you wish (1). Lightly spray any wrinkled clothing in a sweeping motion.
Gently pull on the fabric and smooth it out and watch the wrinkles melt away. Let the clothing dry naturally and you have a wrinkle-free garment.
2. Kettle Steam
Professional dry cleaners use steam to quickly remove wrinkles and now, so can you.
If you don’t have a hand-held clothes steamer, you can use your kitchen kettle. Just heat the water to a boil and hold any wrinkled clothing up to the steam. Hold the fabric about 12 inches away from the spout of your kettle. Be very careful not to put your hand in the steam, however, as you can burn yourself.
Gently tug on the wrinkled area and the watch as the wrinkles fall away.
3. Shower Steam
One of the most practical ways to remove wrinkles is with the steam from your shower. Talk about killing two birds with one stone!
Just hang your clothing as close to the shower head as you can without allowing the garment to get wet. Make sure any windows and doors are closed. Turn the hot water on and then leave the room for a few minutes while the steam releases the wrinkles (2).
For clothes that are really wrinkled, you may need to occasionally pull on the area to help remove the creases.
4. Flat Iron
If you have ever used a flat iron on your hair, you know how quickly and easily it can turn a frizzy mess into a sleek and smooth sensation. Flat irons are also more practical for reaching those pesky collars and any adorned areas.
Simply heat your flat iron on a medium heat—never start at the hottest setting as it can burn your clothes. It’s best to start lower and work your way up to a higher heat as you determine how the material will react. Use the same care on your delicates as you would with a regular iron.
Simply place the fabric between the two blades of the iron and leave for a few seconds. Keep it at a low heat for short periods at a time to start.
Pro tip: before using the flat iron on your favorite white blouse, make sure it is clean—sediment from hair products can leave a mark on your clothes.
5. Hair dryer
If you own a hair dryer, you can remove wrinkles from your clothes. Hang the garment and lightly moisten wrinkles with a spray bottle filled with water.
Then, set your hair dryer to the highest temperature and hold it about an inch away from your garment. Be careful not to keep it on one spot too long as you could scorch your clothing. If you move the dryer up and down the garment slowly, you will see the wrinkles fade away (3).
6. Damp Towel
When you’re caught in a rut with no tools on hand, this trick with keep your dress shirt crisp and wirnkle-free.
Get a heavy towel and dampen it. Place the wrinkled clothing on a hard surface and then cover it with the towel. Push the towel into the clothing (like kneading bread) so that the water from the towel dampens the clothing and smooths any wrinkles. Continue until the wrinkles are gone then hang the garment until it dries (4).
7. Washing Machine
This is the most simple trick of them all.
8. Hot Pot
It’s true: you can turn a saucepan or skillet into a makeshift iron.
Just add water to the pan and let it boil. Place your garment on a hard surface. Now, pour the boiling water into your sink and use the bottom of the empty pan as an iron. Works like a charm!
9. Ice cubes
Now, this one will sound a little crazy but it really works!
Set your dryer to the highest setting and add your wrinkled clothes. Toss a few ice cubes in and turn the dryer on for about 5-10 minutes. As the dryer heats up, the ice melts and creates steam that will also melt away the wrinkles.
Take the clothes out immediately and shake them out to make sure all the wrinkles are gone (6).
This trick works wonderfully whether you are at home or away.
Simply roll any wrinkled clothing to create a horizontal roll—make sure there are no folds in the clothing. For shirts, place the shirt out flat with the arms out to the side. Roll the body of the shirt as you would a sandwich roll. Then, fold the arms on top of one another. Place the rolled garment under a mattress and simply leave it for about an hour or so. When you pull it out, the wrinkles will be gone!
This is also a great method for packing clothes. Roll them and place them in your suitcase. When you get to your destination, take them out and they will be wrinkle-free!
There you have it! Share with your friends and family and you’ll never see a wrinkled shirt again!