The best ways to avoid ironing

Ironing is one of those household chores that makes people roll their eyes.

Time consuming and tedious, ironing can seem unavoidable. But we have a range of tips and tricks to help you minimise the time spent on it.

Hang neatly

The way you hang your clothes to dry can mean the difference between needing to iron or not. Shake out clothes straight from the washing machine to ensure there aren’t any creases and put on clothes hangers to air dry.

Spray bottle

Try spraying your clothes lightly with water then leaving them to air dry for 15 to 30 minutes. Be sure not to soak them as they only need to be slightly damp for this method to work.

Tumble dry

If you’re in a rush, you can lightly dampen your clothes with a spray bottle and toss them into the dryer. If you don’t have a spray bottle, you can wet a towel, wring it out and then place that with your clothes in the dryer. Remove from the dryer as soon as they are finished and hang up or put them on straight away, otherwise those creases will come right back.

Dab with a damp towel

Similar to the spray bottle method, a damp towel dabbed over the creases and then air drying can work a charm.

Place under mattress

Before you go to sleep, you can place your creased clothing under your mattress. Be sure to lay clothes out as flat as possible. In the morning you should wake up to crease-free clothes ready to go.

Shower mist

If you’ve ever been into a high-end clothing boutique you might have seen the assistants using a steamer on the clothes before putting them out on display. At home, hang your creased clothing on hangers in the bathroom while you shower. Close the bathroom door to ensure the steam doesn’t escape.

Hairdryer

For smaller areas of creasing, use a hairdryer for a quick fix. Simply dampen the creased area and blow-dry. If the material is thick, use a hotter setting.

If all else fails, a large strip of aluminium foil placed under the ironing board cover will reduce the amount of time you spend removing the creases from your clothes.