Chore Shortcut: 5 Tricks to Help You Avoid Ironing

Chore Shortcut: 5 Tricks to Help You Avoid Ironing

Abby Stone
May 26, 2010

Is there anything better than slipping into crispy, freshly ironed, even slightly warm, sheets at night? We doubt it. Is there anything worse than ironing them? We doubt that too. Which is why sending them out to get washed and ironed is one of our home indulgences. But it's a pricey one we'd love to avoid. But other than dragging out the dreaded iron, what choice do we have? Turns out, maybe more than one! Try these tricks.

White vinegar: a cup of white vinegar added to your wash's rinse water will help relax the wrinkles. Don't worry, it won't leave a smell.
Pack your stuff loosely: Cramming three weeks worth of laundry into your dryer is pretty much a recipe for wrinkles. Better fewer items.
Add some tennis balls: Tennis balls or dryer balls help your stuff dry faster and avoid getting wrinkled by moving the air around.
Hang up your stuff or fold it as soon as it comes out of the dryer: leaving it in a crumpled mess just compounds the problem.
Throw it back in the dryer with a damp washcloth or towel: ten minutes should be long enough for your item to emerge wrinkle free.

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