If you hate ironing like I do but don’t want your friends to look a wrinkly mess, what do you do? For starters, try learning these tips I’ve covered below. Even just following a couple of them will save you crying over a hot ironing board for hours.
Here are a few alternatives to iron your clothes without an iron.
Use a hairdryer: Here’s my favorite beauty tool that will throw wrinkles out of dresses—a hairdryer. Yes, you can give your clothes as useful a blowout as you give your gorgeous hair. When I pulled my party dress out of the wardrobe this morning, it had those dents wire hangers that can dance in the shoulders. I draped it over my shower curtain rod and aimed the steam of air at the shoulder region (using my hairdryer) from about three inches away. It worked! Magical, isn’t it?
Hang clothes in a steamy shower: The shower is your front line of wrinkle attack when you hit the conference hotel. When I travel for work, I don’t even look for the iron unless this method fails me. If your hotel room lacks iron, you can inquire at the front desk or hang your wrinkled clothes near your shower in the bathroom while you take a nice hot shower bath. The hot steam that covers the room helps your outfits release any obstinate wrinkles while it clears your nose. If the clothes feel damp afterward, they will let them hang in the cupboard with the door open until they properly dry.
Sprinkle it: For those of you (and me) who don’t realize our wrinkled attire until we get where we’re reaching, a Wrinkle Releaser spray can save the day. All you need to do is spray the wrinkled areas with the spray and leave it for drying. These sprays get rid of odors and static along with clothes wrinkles. If you travel a lot (or if you’re out of your home for meetings most of the time), it’s a good idea to keep a travel-size bottle of Wrinkle spray in your bag.
- Take your clothes out of your washing machine as soon as the washing is done. This way, clothes won’t sit in a pile in the machine and generate more creases.
- Reshape them after shaking them and smooth out the worst creases while they’re damp.
- When you’ve completed this, hang them on a washing line, clothes horse, or rotary dryer.
- Be careful how you hang them, so that fold lines (where the item is looped over the bar) and peg marks are kept to a bare minimum.
- Try using clean soft pegs that leave less of a mark, put dresses such as shirts on hangers, and then peg the hook onto the line.