5 Ways to Never Have to Use an Iron Again
That thing’s heavy and weird anyway
How is it--in the year 2016--that we still rely on a creaky metal folding table and a glorified panini press to make ourselves presentable? We say, send those bulky, antiquated appliances to the back of the closet and get hip to some new ways to get out wrinkles, like the modern woman that you are.
FOR DRESS SHIRTS: USE YOUR HAIR STRAIGHTENER
While you’re taming your bangs, do double duty and wield your trusty flat iron to spot-treat details on your shirt like your collar, buttons, cuffs and hems. It’s a real lifesaver on busy mornings.
FOR PANTS: THROW THEM IN THE DRYER WITH A DAMP TOWEL
Jeans been crumpled on the floor for a few days? (No judgment.) Simply dampen a washrag or hand towel and toss it into the dryer, with your pants, for 15 minutes on medium heat. Instant steamer.
FOR CASUAL DRESSES: USE YOUR HAIR DRYER
Everyone’s experienced that my-closet-was-stuffed-to-the-brim crease running down the front of your flowy shifts. All you need to do is grab your hair dryer and run it as close to the fabric as you can without touching it. It might not work so well on your linens and heavy cottons, but rayons and knits will loosen right up.
FOR COCKTAIL DRESSES: HANG YOUR DRESS OUTSIDE THE SHOWER
That silky number you’re about to take out on the town requires a proper steam. Hang it on your towel bar right outside the shower, close the doors, keep the vent off and fire up the hot water. By the time you’ve shaved your legs, your dress will be ready to go.
FOR ANYTHING SUPER DELICATE: USE YOUR TEAPOT
Maybe it’s your vintage Hermès scarf. Maybe it’s the fabric belt on a dress. For anything that’s small and delicate, boil water in your teapot until it starts whistling. Then, point the steam on your teeny tiny trouble areas. You can even lift your pinky as you do it.