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How to Iron When You Hate Ironing

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I have to let you in on a secret. My least favorite thing about fashion and wearing clothes is the expectation to iron them. Wrinkles do not bother me at all. I do think wrinkle-free clothing looks better but not enough to pull my iron on of the bin it lives in. I know I’m not the only one who thinks to themselves, who even invented ironing, an annoying and unnecessary step to getting ready for the day. Despite not loving the act, I do acknowledge that having wrinkle-free clothing is important for some things like job interviews or the moments when a shirt is just way too wrinkled and you can’t even handle it. When those moments occur, what are we non-ironing folks to do? Well, there are alternatives out there where we don’t have to bring the ironing board out and we can still put on our favorite clothes, wrinkle-free.

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Steamer for Clothes

The most obvious alternative is a clothes steamer. Trade in the task of ironing clothes for steaming your clothes instead. Steamers are quicker and there is less maneuvering you have to do to get wrinkles out. Steamers work on a variety of fabrics and they also come in different sizes so if you get really serious about steaming you can pick a professional-grade steamer like the Salav Performance Garment Steamer or you can get a nice handheld steamer that’s easy to use at home or on the go when you’re traveling.


Sometimes getting rid of wrinkles is as simple as throwing your clothes back in the dryer. One thing we all know is that heat straightens out clothing, so if you find yourself in a pinch and you don’t have a steamer or an iron, turn to your dryer.

Anti-Wrinkle Clothes Spray

Anti-Wrinkle Clothes Spray is another alternative to ironing. These sprays work by relaxing the fabrics in your clothing so the wrinkles just disappear like magic. Utilizing a spray may require a bit more time due to having to get your clothes a little damp, but they’ll dry in no time and you’ll be good to go. You can even make your own spray by adding some water and fabric softener to a spray bottle.

Fold or Roll Clothes Neatly

One way to tackle the issue of pesky wrinkles right from the start is to put your clothes away neatly in your drawers or if you are traveling, your suitcase. I don’t like folding clothes either but I like it more than ironing and it is something that is necessary or else you’ll have a big pile to sort through every day. Rolling items also helps with reducing wrinkles and saving space especially if you are traveling and you don’t have to worry about fold lines.

Choose Fabrics That Don’t Need Ironing

Now if we really want to go all the way to the root of the problem, let’s talk fabrics and more importantly wrinkle-free fabrics. Natural fabrics like linen and cotton are the worst ones for those who do not like ironing. They get wrinkled quick and in a hurry. However, fabrics like wool, polyester, and denim are far less likely to wrinkle and way more convenient on days when ironing is the last thing you want to do.

Does knowing that there are alternatives to ironing make straightening out your clothes less of a daunting task? Have you thrown out your iron yet? Let me know in the comments!


Molly | Transatlantic Notes
July 3, 2023 at 12:01 pm

I must admit that I dislike ironing clothes very much and have never really learned how to do it better (which obviously doesn’t help me like the process). This was useful though and I will be using some of your tips!

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