We’ve all been there, you pull out that favorite shirt and discover that it’s all wrinkly. Wrinkles are the bane of every man’s existence. They can show up at any time, even when you least expect it, and they can be especially frustrating when you’re in a rush and don’t have time to iron your shirt.
Instead of tossing it in the laundry basket, there are several ways to get the wrinkles out of your clothes. Some are fast and easy, while others take a little bit more time. Here’s how to remove wrinkles from your shirt fast.
Release Wrinkles in the Dryer
Unwrinkle your shirt as they’re drying by tossing them back into the dryer on low heat for a few minutes. The heat will release most of the wrinkles, and you’ll be able to hang them up or fold them immediately after taking them out of the dryer.
Blast Wrinkles With a Hair Dryer
If your shirt is wrinkled but not damp, hold an electric hair dryer about 6 inches away from the front of the shirt while gently blowing hot air onto it.
The heat from the dryer will help release stubborn wrinkles, but be careful not to hold it too close because it could damage your clothing or leave scorch marks.
Dampen a towel
Dampen a towel with water, ring it out, and then place it over your clothing while you let it air dry. This will help remove wrinkles from synthetic fabrics without damaging their fibers.
Use a flat iron
First, put the shirt on a hanger and pull out any major wrinkles with your hands. Then run a flat iron over the entire garment, starting at the top of each sleeve and working your way down toward the hem.
You may need to repeat this step several times until all creases are gone.
Steam Your Shirt In The Shower
To steam your dress shirt in the shower, simply hang your dress shirt on a hanger and place it inside the shower while the water is running. Allow the steam to work its way into all of the wrinkles of your dress shirt until they are completely removed.
Use handheld steamer
If you don’t have access to a shower or don’t want to wait for it to heat up, try using a handheld steamer instead. They’re small enough that they can fit in any bag or purse, so if you need one while traveling, they’ll come in handy.
Stand about 8 inches away from your shirt and spray water onto the wrinkles in an upward motion. It may take several passes, but eventually, the wrinkles will disappear.
Blow Dry the Shirt
If you have time and want to give your shirt an extra-special treatment, use a blow dryer on low heat to help remove wrinkles. Run the dryer over every inch of the shirt, being careful not to burn yourself.
Use a Wrinkle-Removing Spray
If you don’t have time for a full wash and dry cycle, try a wrinkle-removing spray instead. These sprays are designed to penetrate deep into the fibers of your clothing and soften them up so they’ll lie flat again without needing an ironing board (or an hour’s worth of hand-stretching).
They work best on cotton fabrics but can be used on other types of fabric as well.
Spray sparingly on wrinkled areas.
How to Get Wrinkles Out of Clothes with Iron
For cotton shirts, you can use a clothes steamer instead of an iron with steam. Simply place the steamer about six inches away from the garment and hold it in place until all the wrinkles have disappeared.
- To use an iron, turn it on and adjust it to the appropriate setting for your shirt fabric (most cotton shirts are fine at the “cotton” setting).
- Next, place a scrap piece of fabric or newspaper under your shirt and lay it flat on top of the ironing board or table.
- Finally, start pressing down on your shirt using medium pressure until all the wrinkles are gone.
How to Get Wrinkles Out of Clothes When Traveling
1 – Travel Steamer
Travel steamers are great for getting wrinkles out of clothes while you’re on the go, but they’re also handy to pack in your suitcase if you want to look your best once you arrive at your destination.
A travel steamer can be used both before and after travel, so it’s a good idea to bring one along for all your trips.
2 – Use a De-Wrinkling Spray
You can also use a de-wrinkling spray on your clothes before you pack them away in your suitcase. This will help reduce wrinkles even before they start forming. Some sprays are specifically designed for clothing, whereas others are more general-purpose and can be used on all types of fabrics.
3 – Hang Your Clothes on Arrival
If you don’t have any special equipment, or if it’s too bulky to carry around, just hang up your clothes when you get to your destination. It might not be as effective as using a spray or steamer