7 Ways to Iron Without an Iron
Get all MacGyver on that linen sundress
Ugh, ironing. Why is it that it’s always after you’re showered, dressed and ready that you notice those way-too-visible-to-ignore creases in the shirt you couldn’t wait to wear? In the spirit of quick fixes, we’ve rounded up seven hassle-free ways to remove wrinkles without breaking out the ironing board.
1. FLAT IRON YOUR SHIRT COLLAR
Hair straighteners—not just for frizz removal. Use your flat iron to quickly press your shirt collar or remove small wrinkles in your blouse. Just be sure to wipe off any product build-up on the plates first and be mindful of temperature settings (cotton = high heat; silk = low heat).
2. BLOW DRY YOUR DRESS
No iron? No problem. You can usually zap clothing wrinkles away with concentrated bursts of hot air. Just hold your hair dryer about two inches back from the garment to avoid scorching the fabric.
3. STEAM CLOTHES IN THE SHOWER
This trick for nixing creases without an iron is key for when you're traveling and don't have access to your usual household supplies. Close the windows and doors in your bathroom and hang wrinkled clothes from the shower rod. Then go about your normal bathroom routine—shower, shave your legs, work on your Taylor Swift impression. Fifteen minutes later, wrinkle-free clothes, y’all.
4. TUMBLE DRY WITH ICE CUBES
This one may seem odd, but it works. Throw a wrinkled shirt in the dryer with a couple of ice cubes and run on high heat for a few minutes. The ice will melt and create de-wrinkling steam.
6. STEAM WITH A POT OF TEA
This iron-free method works best for tiny wrinkles. Boil water, then before you savor that morning cup of English Breakfast, hold the spout of the steaming kettle 12 inches from any wrinkled problem areas on clothing. You’ll get concentrated steam minus the foggy bathroom mirror.
7. ROLL YOUR TOP LIKE A BURRITO
Lay your wrinkled item on a flat surface, smooth wrinkled spots, then roll it up tightly like you would a burrito. Next, place the garment under a mattress for 15 to 30 minutes. Think of it as literally pressing your clothes.