Tips to take the wrinkles – and back-ache – out of laundry day

Shannon Hopkins
April 5, 2016
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Laundry day is a lot of people’s worst nightmare – the sorting, the pretreating, the care-tag reading, the folding – ugh.

The of course the wrinkles in your clothes are the worst. There’s got to be a better way, right?

Here are some simple tricks we found that will definitely take the back-ache out of laundry day. –

 

  1. The wet washcloth trick.

Throw your rumpled outfit into the dryer with a damp washcloth, and run it for about 10 or 15 minutes. The steam from the washcloth will smooth the garments for you.

 

  1. Shake it out.

It’s tempting to toss an armfuls of wet clothes straight into the dryer in as few moves as possible. But twists in your T-shirts and bulky clumps of damp dresses might exit the dryer the exact same way.

Separating and shaking eases fabrics back to shape after washing, and helps them tumble better in the dryer, which helps de-wrinkle them, too,” says Forte.

 

  1. Reconsider your dryer settings.

Slower spin speeds and lower temperatures also help minimizes wrinkles — especially in cotton clothes. A too-fast spin can actually ‘whip in‘ the wrinkles already there. On most dryers, the ‘casual,’ ‘normal,’ or ‘permanent press’ settings are designed to reduce rumpling.” Check your manual for the best advice for your machine.

 

  1. Don’t let dry clothes sit idly.

To avoid time spent slaving over a hot ironing board, don’t dawdle when you hear the ping of a completed dryer cycle. If clothes are left to settle, creases will quickly form. But if you’d rather not be at the beck-and-call of your machine, it might have a setting that can help you out.

 

  1. Fold your shirts and sweaters into thirds.

Make like a clothing store associate when you store your favourite items. By folding them into thirds, instead of in half, you’ll avoid an unsightly crease down the middle.

 

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