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We’ve all been there. The manic morning rush trying to get out the door and you notice you’ve fallen victim to wrinkles. Now you have to put something else on or even worse, pull out the iron. How annoying! Let’s be honest, who has time for that first thing in the morning. As always, prevention is better than cure. In this article, I provide top tips on how to keep your clothes wrinkle-free.
This is how you do it: wrinkle-free clothing without ironing
- The general rule is the thicker the fabric, the less quickly it creases. Because of the volume and weight of the fabric, creases stand little chance. Wool jackets are therefore ideal in winter. Wool is warm and will not wrinkle easily.
- Linen, on the other hand, is wrinkle fabric number one. It comes out of the wash already wrinkled and ironing is the only solution. My advice: don’t buy linen clothes.
- Spot a nice item of clothing in a store and want to know if it creases quickly? Scrunch your hands into a fist and hold this position for a few seconds. When your palms are warm, squeeze the fabric. You can immediately see how the fabric reacts to contact with heat and pressure. Does the fabric crease badly? Then walk around the store and come back later to see what the wrinkles look like. With some fabrics, they fade away very quickly, while on other fabrics they remain.
- Wrinkle-free shirts are a brilliant invention. Easily available in stores and as the name suggests, they (almost) do not wrinkle.
Example: Wool (left) vs Linen (right)
- Fabrics that wrinkle quickly: linen, (100%) cotton.
- Fabrics that crease less quickly: leather, polyester, nylon, cotton in combination with acrylic and wool.
Iron by body heat
You can also “iron” your clothes using your body heat. This works best when you just get out of the shower and your body is still very warm. This only works on blouses (women), shirts (men), tight-fitting T-shirts, and so-called skinny model pants. Unfortunately, you will still need to pull out the iron when wearing wide trousers, jackets, and other loose-fitting clothing as your body heat does not come into direct contact with these garments.
Washing and drying clothes
Things to consider when washing clothes.
- Wash your clothes with liquid detergents. Powders are harsher on your clothes and therefore more likely to wrinkle.
- Fabric softeners can make clothes less likely to wrinkle. Keep in mind that the fabric softener is not suitable for all(work) clothing.
- Do not leave your clothes in the washing machine for too long. The longer clothes are left wet, the more difficult it is to get the wrinkles out.
- Hang your clothes neatly and only use pegs on pants and skirts. Let tops such as blouses dry on a hanger. The more pegs you use, the more dents in the fabric.
- Many people roll up trouser legs and this also causes a lot of wrinkles. Therefore, roll out your trouser legs before putting them in the wash. And give your pants a good shake before hanging them up to minimize wrinkles.
Do you have any tips? How do you ensure that your clothes remain wrinkle-free?