Skip the Iron

November 29, 2012 | By | Comments (7)


Ironing can double the amount of time it takes to do laundry, in an especially frustrating way because it’s time you’re actually involved in—unlike the washing machine or dryer which you can turn on and walk away from. To avoid that extra time and effort on laundry day, just remove clothing from the dryer while still slightly damp, smooth, and arrange on hangers about six inches apart (the shower curtain rod is a great place to do this). Once dry, they’ll be perfectly unwrinkled, already hung, and ready to pop into the closet. (If you’re washing curtains, remove them from the dryer slightly damp and simply rehang—they’ll dry straight and already in place). This works best on pants, skirts, and blouses – sadly, buttoned dress shirts and materials like linen will always required pressing to give them those perfect creases and crisp look.

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  1. Jeanne Fitzgerald

    Total bull.

    November 30, 2012 at 3:22 pm
  2. Una Hong

    How damp is “still very slightly damp” ?

    December 3, 2012 at 11:39 am
  3. Rachel

    This actually does work with pants. My mom always did this and now I do it. Hang them upside down with the hangers that clamp when they are fresh out of the washer. They won’t have wrinkles when they are dry. Shirts on the other hand…not so much.

    December 3, 2012 at 11:41 am
  4. amsphotograph

    This could not be anymore wrong. I do that to most of my clothes because I don’t want them to shrink and they still need ironing.

    December 3, 2012 at 12:01 pm
  5. Amester

    Agreed, this is not going to help a linen or silk blouse by any stretch of the imagination!

    December 5, 2012 at 2:40 pm
  6. Valentine Dewit

    There are several things you can do to help reduce wrinkles. There’s no one magical formula, but it’s a combination of things – lifestyle, food and drink, amount of sun exposure, vitamins, facial rejuvenation creams, and even the position of your body while sleeping! It sounds like a lot of work, but most of these involve simple things you can do each day to help reduce and prevent wrinkles. Here are some brief pointers.`

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