Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Quick Tip: Ironing Sans Iron & Board

I’ll admit, I’ve blamed a wrinkled outfit on riding public transportation several times before. “There’s just no way to avoid wrinkles when you’re crammed into a seat with three bags in your lap!” Actually, it’s kinda true.

But sometimes excuses don’t cut it. That's when I turn to my hair straightener.

You're already removing wrinkles from your hair -- so why not remove them from your clothes while you’re at it.

I find it works best on cotton blends. Lightly clamp the straightener over the wrinkle and move it along the fabric at a consistent pace. Be careful not to pause for too long in one place. Then simply repeat until the wrinkle is gone.

  • It removes wrinkles from linen, but it also removes the color.
  • If you put any products in your hair before you straighten – don’t try this. Your hair product will likely rub off on your clothes.
  • I’ve never tried it on wool – if you have, let me know how it went!


  1. That is actually kind of genius. I don't even have a working iron (hello, gift registry!) so this would come in handy--right now I just go wrinkled and avoid wearing button-down shirts.

  2. I haven't ironed in over year (as evidenced by the lack of fresh burn scars on my hands and arms). I hang the wrinkled garment up in the bathroom and... wait for it... spritz it with a water bottle. Spritz and smooth. 'Course this doesn't really work last minute because it will be a bit damp - I usually do this the night before.

  3. This is such a great idea! I am definitely going to give this a try sometime.

    Thanks for the tip!!

  4. I've always thought about doing this, but have never tried it....hmmmm.