Have you ever reached for your favorite shirt or outfit to wear only to realize that it was wrinkled? That’s a ridiculous question because we’ve definitely all been there.
In a perfect world, you’d have time to heat up an iron to smooth out the fabric, but for those times when you’re rushing out the door or sleeping away from home where there isn’t an iron handy, there are several other solutions to dewrinkle without an iron.
Here are some of our favorite ways to dewrinkle without an iron using appliances or other household items you likely have access to.
1. Toss Wrinkled Clothes in the Dryer
By far, the easiest way to dewrinkle without an iron is to go to the laundry room and stick the wrinkly clothes inside the dryer for 5 to 15 minutes on low to medium heat. For best results, lightly mist the clothes with water so they’re slightly damp, or place a few ice cubes in the dryer along with the dry clothes. It sounds crazy but it works!
Combined with the heat from the dryer, the ice cubes create a steam effect that will help dewrinkle the fabric. Note: Make sure any clothing you try to dewrinkle this way is safe to tumble dry. You don’t want to accidentally shrink something that’s labeled dry-clean only!
2. Run A Steamy Shower
Planning to take a shower before you get dressed? Before you hop in, hang your wrinkled clothing on the shower rod at the farthest point away from the showerhead and then run a hot shower. Give it at least 20 minutes for the steam from the shower to help release the wrinkles in your outfit. It’s a tried-and-true method for steaming fabrics in a pinch.
3. Use A Hot Pot as a DIY Iron
Since an iron is basically just a hot piece of metal, you can create a DIY version by boiling some water in a metal kitchen pot or pan. Once it’s heated up, dump out the water and carefully use the heated bottom of the pot to glide over the surface of the wrinkled piece of clothing. (Don’t forget to place a towel underneath your clothing to protect your countertop or floor from the hot metal pot.)
4. Use a Hair Dryer or Straightener
The solution to dewrinkling your without an iron might just be in your bathroom cabinet. If you have a hair dryer at your disposal — especially a powerful hair dryer — try hanging up your wrinkled clothing and lightly misting it with water. Afterward, use your hair dryer to dry the clothes sans wrinkles.
Or, if you happen to have a straightener, you can skip the misting altogether and simply run the heated flat iron over your wrinkles. It may take longer than a conventional iron since flat irons typically have smaller plates, but it will get the job done!
5. Use a Teapot as a Steamer
If you’re a tea-lover, chances are you have a teapot that can double as a clothing steamer in a pinch. Fill up your teapot with water and wait for it to boil, per usual. While the teapot is heating up, hang up your wrinkled clothing somewhere nearby. Once the teapot whistles, remove it from the stovetop and carefully point the steam from the kettle’s spout at the clothing to release the wrinkles, the way you would a conventional clothing steamer.
Bonus tip: Enjoy a cup of tea afterward.
For more handy tips, try these 10 ways to make doing laundry easier and more enjoyable.