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Published on May 1st, 2013 | by Staff


Six ways to reduce wrinkles and avoid ironing

I hate ironing. If I pull something out of the dryer and it’s wrinkled, I try everything humanly possible to avoid ironing it, including snapping the errant item quickly like an old dusty rug or smoothing out the wrinkles with my hand and quickly folding them to “hold” the straightness in. Those techniques work a little, but later when I try to wear that item, my limited success shows up in permanently creased wrinkles. Over the years I’ve learned a few tricks that help my clothes come out of the wash wrinkle-free. I hope they help you too.

1. Buy “wrinkle-resistant” clothes.

In general, all-cotton clothes will wrinkle more than clothes with some synthetic material. So, a shirt that is 50 percent cotton and 50 percent polyester will wrinkle less than a shirt that is 100 percent cotton. Many higher quality clothes can be 100 percent cotton and still be wrinkle resistant. If you’re shopping for some new clothes, check the labels for any claim that the clothes won’t wrinkle as much. Tweet this tip.

6 ways to reduce wrinkles and avoid ironing2. Use liquid fabric softener in your washing machine.

Dryer sheets can work to prevent static cling and give clothes a fresh scent, but they don’t work nearly as well at actually softening the clothes. A good, name brand liquid fabric softener will not only reduce static cling and make the clothes smell nicer, it will also help to significantly reduce washer-induced wrinkles – and do a much better job of keeping the clothes soft during the drying cycle. Tweet this tip.

3. Don’t overload your washer.

The more clothes you put into the washer, the less room the clothes have to move around and the more likely they are to twist around each other. When clothes twist together and then the washer enters the spin cycle, very tight wrinkles are impressed into the clothing.

4. Don’t overload your dryer.

When I’m washing dress shirts or slacks, I sometimes put only half the washer load into the dryer at a time. That way, the clothes have even more room to move around and fluff up.

5. Take clothes out of the dryer a bit early.

I know this takes a little extra time (though not as much as ironing) but if you take clothes out of the dryer as they get dry, the ones remaining will have even more room to move around while they finish drying.  Tweet this tip.

6. Hang the clothes on hangers.

The best way to keep clothes wrinkle free is to hang them as soon as you remove them from your dryer. It’s okay if they’re still a little damp. Of course, clothing that are wet will cause indentations where the clothes draped over the hanger.  (Editor’s note: We’ve all had pointy shoulders before! It’s not a cool look).

Finally, if you’re in the market for a new washer or dryer, look for models with larger tubs/drums. Consumer Reports magazine tests and provides a capacity rank for many dryers. The larger the tub or drum, the more room the clothes have to move around, which goes a long way in reducing wrinkles. Manufacturers provide the size of the tub or drum in cubic feet, which isn’t all that easy to visualize. However, you can compare different models and buy one with as many cubic feet as you can afford. Just be sure not to overload them.

Do you loathe or love ironing? What do you do to keep your clothing wrinkle free? Let us know in the comments section below!

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14 Responses to Six ways to reduce wrinkles and avoid ironing

  1. Ellen B says:

    I can’t remember the last time I ironed but some clothes get wrinkled – I think I overload the washer and dryer – thanks for the tips

  2. Norm says:

    I just hang damp and wait, if they don’t smooth out, I wear ’em. Good to know there are options

  3. Thomas Murphy says:

    Great tips, I hate wrinkles and ironing!

  4. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    Thank you for the tips! I always tend to overload the dryer and try to get it done as quickly as possible but now I know i am just creating extra work for myself

  5. Stephanie G. says:

    I probably overload & then have tons of ironing to do! Thanks for the tips, I will have to try them!

  6. Lacey says:

    Looks like I’ll be going back to liquid fabric softener. I’ve been using the Purex Crystals (and I love them), but if the liquid is more effective, then it’s time to go back. I also tend to overload the dryer. I suppose I need a whole laundry makeover. Thanks for all the tips 🙂

    • Chris Hall says:

      Hi Lacey,

      We haven’t tried Purex Crystals so we can’t comment on their effectiveness but thanks for mentioning them – we’ll have to check them out!

      In our experience, fabric softening is simply more effective during the washing cycle, rather than in the dryer process. Additionally, the possibility of dryer sheet residue buildup in the lint filter also makes us prefer the liquid fabric softener.

      Thanks for reading!

  7. Debi Stanley says:

    Sounds like some good ideas. If I may suggest, there are a few more I use. I never mix loads. For example I always wash/dry towels together, only with other towels. There are several reasons. If you launder towels mixed with permanent press or sweaters, the sweaters & shirts will pick up lint & fibers from the towels, causing ‘piling’ or little balls. Your towels will pick up fibers from the clothing. I’ll bet if you have dark towels & mix your loads you’ll notice little white balls of fibers piling on them too. I noticed this happening especially in the dryer. Plus with the towels so much heavier they will also cause wrinkling when they tangle up with your shirts. In fact I try to depend less on my dryer because no matter how good a machine you buy, a dryer’s heat is damaging long term. Esp hard on your better clothing. That heavy heat seems to shorten the lifespan of good linens, as well. I never liked finding my crisp sheets limp & beaten down from the dryer. Using dryer sheets on them tended to create a ‘film’ or coating on them. Yeck! Call me old fashion but there is nothing like sheets & towels that have been dried in the sunshine. If your worried about stiffness or wrinkles, once you bring in your clothes from outdoors you can then toss in the dryer for 5-10 mins tops. This will also save a some on your electric/gas bill. My sheets are a little costly because I buy a thread count (TC) anywhere from 300-600 TH. Avoiding time in the dryer seems to extend the crispness & lifetime of my linens.

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