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Iron your clothes less, and still look great

Unclutterer has an old post about buying no-iron clothes that you really never have to iron so you can eliminate that annoying chore from your daily list.

Clothing iron on white surface

If you want to go completely iron-free and still look as immaculately groomed as anyone else, there are a few things you need to do. If you can’t do all of them just now, doing a few will still cut down your ironing time considerably.

  1. If you can avoid owning button-down shirts, do so. Most plain tops for women don’t need to be ironed if you follow Steps 3-5. There are also a lot of options for men, unless your job requires button-downs. Ditto on pants.
  2. If you must own button-down shirts, look for “no-iron” brands. Nano-technology is improving “anti-wrinkle” materials all the time, and many of these brands really work, provided you follow Steps 3-5.
  3. Hang your clothes to dry instead of putting them in the dryer OR invest in a dryer with a “wrinkle rid” feature.
  4. Always get your clothes out of the dryer as soon as it’s done, if you use a dryer. If you hang them up or fold them while they’re still hot and ever-so-slightly damp, many fabrics will cool into perfect shape without ironing.
  5. Don’t cram too many clothes into the washer at once, or they’ll get more wrinkled as the washer wads them all up together. Don’t overload the dryer, either.
  6. A steamer can release wrinkles in clothes right on the hangers – an easier and quicker solution than ironing.
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