No iron required

Here are three ways to get those creases out of your clothes without an iron.

No iron required

While some people find ironing therapeutic, the majority of us avoid it like the plague. Whether you’re currently outsourcing your ironing or covering up those creases under a jumper, at some point you may find that your solution isn’t as soundproof as you had hoped.

Disaster can strike at anytime, for instance, when you’re running late for an event, or worse, work, and realise that the outfit which you had mentally picked is crumpled, making it look like you wore it to bed last night. Or when you pull your clothes out of your suitcase only to find that they didn’t travel well as you’d hoped.

Now, for the good news, here are three ways to get those creases out of your clothes without an iron. No excuses for wrinkled wardrobes now!

1. Banish creases with a blow dry
Not only does your hairdryer smooth out your hair, it can do the same for your clothes. Remove crinkles by hanging your item and blow drying it from a distance of one or two inches.

2. De-wrinkle with a damp towel
Using a damp towel works well because the clothing dries without the wrinkles. Lay your item on a flat surface before putting a damp cloth, towel or paper towel over it. Press down and smooth out the wrinkled area and then leave to dry.

Another option if you have access to a dryer, is to put the damp cloth in the dryer with the creased item for a couple of minutes. Make sure that the item can be put in the dryer first though!

3. Say sayonara with steam
It’s no surprise that steam removes creases from clothing. While this method may take slightly longer, you can multitask and have your shower at the same time to save water!

Make sure that all the windows and doors in your bathroom are closed, and don’t turn on the fan so the room will steam up. Hang your item on the shower rod or somewhere close to the steam but where it won’t get wet. Then shower like normal, and let the steam work its magic and shift those stubborn creases.

Alternatively, you can use a kettle to achieve the same effect. Bring the water to the boil before holding the creased section of your item about 30 centimetres away from the spout. Allow the steam to soften any wrinkles. This works best with smaller items or clothing where only a small section is creased.

Do you have any other tips or tricks for avoiding ironing?


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    7th Nov 2014
    I'm always surprised by people who say they do ironing regularly. Mostly, even when in the workforce, I chose clothes that didn't need ironing at all. Now I'm retired I have a couple of things, like a favourite linen shirt that is for special occasions, that warrants getting out the ironing board. Especially when travelling I never take anything that needs an iron.
    7th Nov 2014
    mostly I agree with 'rtrish...I never buy anything that needs ironing...I am 75yld & a bachelor
    by choice , so I never got into the ironing habit
    I li ve alone & I am very seldom 'lonely' but I am soooo lazy & I enjoy my solitude
    7th Nov 2014
    What's an iron?? Just joking, but seriously I cannot remember when I ironed anything. Probably because I remember my mother and grandmother putting aside a whole day each week to iron! They even ironed sheets, pillowslips and tea towels. I have better things to do than chain myself to an ironing board.
    7th Nov 2014
    7th Nov 2014
    Agree - I take them off the line, sort and fold as I go. Why handle stuff twice, or leave things crumpled in the basket?
    Small tip for coathanger peaks in garment shoulders: Flatten the area onto one hand, breathe closely on it, and quickly put the other hand firmly on top. Voila, you's steam-pressed it.
    7th Nov 2014
    Yes I agree when I wash my Clothes then I just hang them up on Clothes Hangers in The Wardrobe that Usually Works .
    Judy in the hills
    7th Nov 2014
    On buying a business; also going back to work full time and having two daughters plus husband I soon learnt about drip dry clothing and have never looked back. Only the very, very occasional iron required. Anyhow, once you sit down in your car the creases are there - so relax a bit more and enjoy life!
    7th Nov 2014
    Natural fabrics like cotton usually need ironing or have others found this method works for them as well??? Not everyone can wear polyester.
    8th Nov 2014
    I agree with you. I know a few people that can't wear polyester or other synthetic fabrics. Some people suffer so badly from Dermatitis that their skin actually peels off. I remember my Mum walking along the passage on plain carpet barefooted. You could see the skin that had literally dropped off her. There are a few types. 2 I know of are Neuro Dematitis and Contact Dermatitis. Some get eczema. If they get it when they are little, they often get it again in their "old" age. (A Dr's words to a young child). Treatment is "trial and error". Different ones help some people not others. Some make it worse for some. The skin always gets red and inflamed. If it breaks open it can become infected. I know of one person who developed Golden Staph.
    29th May 2016
    I like cotton, too, Maeve. All my hand washing is dried on a hanger with rounded shoulders, under cover. I'm lucky enough to live in a warm climate, so the washing dries easily but out of the sun.

    Rayon and viscose fabrics are better than polyester.

    I have a mushroom/grey linen jacket - it's the only thing I ever iron.

    As for people who iron underwear and sheets - get a life! (unless you are a masochist or martyr.)
    7th Nov 2014
    Shake out washing before hanging out or putting in dryer. shake and fold on removal. Place in drawers or on hangers. iron on a needs to wear basis.
    7th Nov 2014
    My trick for ironing without the use of an iron is to fold the garments whilst wet - straight from the machine. It is best to leave them in the basket for a while; though to hurry the process some pressure applied works very well. My suggestion is to place first in the basket the items (clothing) that require extra 'ironing' and the less important on top i.e. sheets etc.
    A good idea is to leave folded overnight and when pegging out the whole wash is beautifully 'ironed'.
    Most laundry rooms have a space where a suitable length of chrome rod may be easily installed from one wall to another.(My age is 72 and the rods have been in my laundries for 40 years. I just must have them.) This is so useful for hanging the damp and 'ironed' clothing. When dry - straight to the wardrobe!
    This method is especially beneficial for 'good stuff'. It saves clothing from the sun's fading and yellowing.
    7th Nov 2014
    My tip don't wear clothes that need ironing. I wear all natural fabrics and don't have a problem. I do have the odd clothes that need a bit of an iron but I simply be very careful taking them off the line and hang them straight away. You can also hang them in the bathroom and let the steam do the work. Saves a lot of electricity (which means money).

    8th Nov 2014
    My daughter has a system that works magnificently for her - ironing is reserved for weddings, funerals and special occasions. Husband is pressed into service for that!
    8th Nov 2014
    I use 1teaspoon Lavender Oil in 1 Litre water,mix together in a spray bottle and spray any creases, wullah all gone
    5th Jan 2015
    Thanks missmarple - will have to give this a try!
    5th Jan 2015
    What is 'wullah'? Do you mean the french 'Voila'??
    28th May 2016
    I wear a lot of linen in the summer -- there is NO way you can get away with not ironing that -- even cotton needs ironing.
    28th May 2016
    You're right about linen requiring ironing.
    I find it comfortable to wear and it looks very nice when fresh. Sit in the car for an hour and it no longer looks great.

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