Years ago I discovered this trick and have been using it ever since. It may not be new to you but it’s bound to be new to someone so here it is.
I try and hang things up right out of the dryer as often as I can but the fact is that just isn’t always possible —especially when I have helpers who aren’t as concerned about wrinkles as I might be. Consequently my husbands shirts sometimes come out of the laundry basket looking like this. This one is 100% cotton so it’s bound to wrinkle if left in the laundry basket too long.
But with something as simple as a spray bottle from the dollar store and plain water you can smooth out those wrinkles and save time and money.
[I find dollar store spray bottles to be very hit or miss. Some work some don’t. This one is going on two years of almost daily use and still works perfectly.]
Spray well. You don’t want to saturate the item but you want to spray enough to soak into the fibers somewhat.
Pull at it gently and smooth our those wrinkles.
Let it dry and come back later to a much nicer shirt.
Now, this isn’t the fastest method. It takes some time for the item to dry depending on how wet you get it and what the temperature of the room you leave it in is. But it’s a great method for laying things out the night before or doing first thing in the morning if you have an hour or so before you need to wear the item. I’ve also found that using hot water (from the tap) works the best and dries the fastest.
I usually spray my items in the bathroom over the tub and then leave them on the shower rod to dry. In general they shouldn’t be so wet that they drip but depending on the fabric they might until the water soaks in.
By the way, this method works particularly well (better than ironing even!) on skirt and jean hems that like to flip up. Spray (you have to saturate denim with this method), pull down and when it dries, it stays down.
So there you have it. How to go from wrinkled to smooth without ironing or the dryer —no electricity needed.
[I did not touch up this photo. The color of the wall is different because the light changed in that room in the time between taking the pictures.]
[Originally Posted at In House Journal]
Reader Comments from In House:
Great tip. I usually don’t run the dryer until clothes are actually dry. I just tumble them for 5 minutes or so to soften them up and then hang them to dry. Shirts go straight to their hangers on the shower curtain rod. As an added bonus, they can lay damp in the basket for quite a long time (I’m talking several hours) and the wrinkles will still go away when they dry. God Bless and happy laundering!
September 13, 2011 | Karen
It will get lots of use around here as I have “helpers-not-as-concerned-with-wrinkles-as-I-am” as well!
September 16, 2011 | Judy
I “followed” over here after searching for ember day information (thanks!) and came to this very handy tip! I am always fighting flipping collars, so this is great to know! And I had to laugh about the change in light, as we’ve just finished our third book on Monet, discussing at length the changes natural light makes and his need to switch out his paintings!
September 21, 2011 | Stacy