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15 Genius Ways to Get Rid of Wrinkles Without a Clothes Iron

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Is there anything worse than pulling out your favorite outfit to discover it’s all wrinkly? If you’re wondering how to get wrinkles out of clothes, then these tips are for you. Better yet, how to get wrinkles out of clothes without an iron.

Wrinkled shirts are especially annoying, but what’s more frustrating is trying to get them out without an iron. We researched and came up with some pretty clever ironless tips that solve this problem using everyday household items.

Try these ideas when you’re traveling, too, because not all hotel rooms come with an iron. People rarely bring a travel iron on a trip nowadays, so de-wrinkling can be problematic. You can even use these hacks for kids’ clothes and add them to our list of traveling hacks for your family because we all know how fun and challenging that can be.

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1. Use a flat iron to get rid of wrinkles on a collar.

Using a flat iron is how to get rid of wrinkles on a collar.

No clothes iron needed here. Instead, you’ll realize why a hair straightener is basically indispensable. It makes my hair smooth and shiny, and it keeps my wrinkled shirt collar looking spiffy.

Pull the garment tight and run the straightener along the length of it a couple of times. Move fast so you don’t burn your clothes. This also works great on cuffs and hems — basically any edge.

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2. Make some wrinkle release spray with fabric softener.

Woman spraying a wrinked shirt with homemade wrinkle release spray

Fill a spray bottle with cold water and a capful of liquid fabric softener. Hang the wrinkled clothes up and mist. The wrinkles will smooth out on their own, but you can smooth them with your hands to speed up the process — just don’t tug or you’ll stretch out your clothes.

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3. Fix wrinkled clothes with ice cubes.

A wrinkled shirt being held in front of a clothes dryer with ice cubes nearby

Throw a couple of ice cubes in your dryer with wrinkled clothes for about 15 minutes. As the heat from your dryer melts the ice cubes, steam is released to help rid your clothes of wrinkles.


4. Mist wrinkles and then throw the clothes in the dryer.

Mist wrinkles on clothes then throw the clothes in the dryer.

Another iron-free method is to lightly spray dry clothes with water before tossing them into the dryer. This method works best when you’re planning to wear the clothes right away. And anyway, what’s better than warm clothes right out of the dryer?


5. Toss thicker wrinkled clothes in the dryer with a wet towel.

Woman holding a wrinkled towel in front of an open clothes dryer.

This is an alternative to spraying your clothes directly with water. This is also how to unwrinkle a shirt or fabric with thicker material.

PRO TIP: Don’t use a towel with dark threads — they could rub off in the dryer, and you’ll end up with fuzzy clothes instead of wrinkly ones.



6. Throw a wet sock in the dryer for thinner clothes that are wrinkled.

Woman holding a wet sock with a wrinkled shirt in front of a clothes dryer.

Use one of those unmatched socks that I know you have to knock the wrinkles out. The wet sock will create just enough steam, helping get wrinkles out of more delicate material. Tumble dry as usual.


7. Place a damp towel over clothes to help get rid of wrinkles.

a wrinkled shirt being placed in between a damp towel

If you need to know how to get wrinkles out of clothes when you travel, then this is a good option. Use a flat surface and make sure the towel is wet but wrung out. Then press down to smooth out the area. Let it hang dry for a few minutes and you’re set.


8. Hang wrinkled clothes in the bathroom while taking a shower.

Wrinkled shirts being hung near a running shower

This is pretty obvious, but it’s how to get wrinkles out of a shirt. The steam from the shower works out the wrinkles. I’ve used this tip many times, and it’s a real lifesaver.


9. Blow dry the wrinkles away.

A blow dryer being pointed to the wrinkled areas of a shirt

Spray some water directly onto the creases and then blow dry the wrinkles out.

PRO TIP: Smooth the crease with your hand while you blow dry. This is how to get rid of wrinkles while still ensuring a smooth finish.


10. Use the steam from a tea kettle to get rid of wrinkles.

Woman holding a wrinkled shirt over the steam from a tea kettle

If you’re wondering how to get wrinkles out without a clothes iron, look no further than your kitchen. Use your tea kettle just like a steamer. Boil water, wait for it to start steaming, turn off the stove (for safety and fire danger), and then hold your garment over it.

TIP: Hold clothes about 12 inches away from the kettle’s steam so you don’t damage it or get a steam burn (I speak from experience).



11. Get rid of wrinkles with the bottom of a heated pot.

A hot pot being held over a wrinkled shirt.

Find a metal pot — one that you’d make noodles in is perfect. Boil some water in it and then dump it. While it’s still hot, use the bottom of the pot as an iron. Be careful not to burn yourself or your clothes.

PRO TIP: If you’re trying to smooth out really delicate material, try putting a thin towel between the pot and the garment to keep it protected.


12. Use a damp dryer sheet to get wrinkles out of clothes while you freshen things up.

A wet dryer sheet being thrown into a dryer with wrinkled clothes.

Get your dryer sheet a little wet and toss it in the dryer with a single clothing item. I like to use this method when something’s been hanging in my closet too long and just doesn’t smell fresh anymore. The dryer sheet pulls double duty.

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13. Take clothes out of the dryer before they’re fully dry to smooth out wrinkles.

Woman pulling clothes out of a dryer

Dry your clothes until they’re still slightly damp. Then pull them out, shake them, and hang on hangers. Finish by letting clothes air dry. Some newer dryers have a wrinkle release setting that can help speed up the process.

TIP: Make sure you don’t hang them directly in the closet — they won’t lose their wrinkles and they’ll smell like mildew.


14. Remove clothes from the dryer immediately and hang them before wrinkles can even happen.

Woman hanging up clothes from a laundry basket

The only way this method works is if you also immediately smooth and hang your clothes. Warm clothes tossed in a pile only breed more wrinkles. Trust me. If only I could get my kids to put their clothes away right out of the dryer.


15. Place a heavy book on the wrinkled area.

Woman pushing on a heavy book that's been placed over a wrinkled shirt

For best results, you’ll want to press your body weight on top of the book. This is a good way to get rid of wrinkles without a clothes iron if you don’t have a dryer or steam available.

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