Forget the iron. There are easier ways to get wrinkles out of clothing.

The Best Ways to Get Wrinkles Out of Cotton Without Ironing

by Michelle Ullman

Dragging out the ironing board, setting it up, heating the iron while keeping an eye on your kids -- if you are like many busy moms, the last thing you want to be bothered with on a hectic day is ironing your clothes. But when your favorite cotton pants are creased or your blouse is rumpled, you need a solution. Luckily, there are several ways to remove those pesky wrinkles without breaking out the iron.

1. Clothes Dryer

When your cotton top or pair of pants needs a quick refreshing, toss it into the clothes dryer along with a damp, clean washcloth. Turn the dryer to the highest heat safe for that garment, and let it spin while you get the kids ready for school. By the time you have the family sitting at the table with their bowls of cereal, your garment should be free of wrinkles and you can dress for your busy day.

2. Hot Shower

Steam relaxes wrinkles, letting them fall naturally out of cotton fabric. Hang your wrinkled garment on a hanger, then position it in the bathroom so that air can circulate around it. Close the bathroom door, then turn the shower on full, with the water as hot as you can stand it. Enjoy a relaxing break in the steamy shower while the moisture-laden air eases the wrinkles out of your clothing. When you finish showering, shake the garment gently to release any remaining wrinkles.

3. Wrinkle Release Spray

You can find commercial wrinkle-release sprays in the laundry section of the grocery store. If you don't have time to buy spray, you can make your own, or even use plain water. Mix a cup of water with 1 teaspoon of liquid fabric softener in a spray bottle. In a pinch, you can do without the fabric softener. Hang your wrinkled garment from the shower head or shower curtain rod, and mist the entire garment with your solution, focusing on especially wrinkled spots. Shake the garment to release the wrinkles, then let it air dry or toss it in the clothes dryer if you are in a hurry.

4. Blow Dryer

When time is of the essence, and you need to get wrinkles out of your clothing, but you don't have a clothes dryer handy, make use of your blow dryer. Hang your cotton clothing in the bathroom, then spray with clean water. Turn your blow dryer to low power, with the heat setting on medium, and hold the blow dryer a few inches away from the fabric so you don't scorch the cotton. Watch the wrinkles fall away as the garment dries.

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