Every one of us has been there: you’re getting ready for a big event or even just a regular day at the office, and you pull out that perfect shirt or dress … only to find it full of wrinkles. Whether traveling without access to an iron or simply not owning one, wrinkled clothes can be a real nuisance. Fortunately, you can use several handy methods to get those pesky wrinkles out without needing an iron. Let’s delve into these alternatives!

The Dryer Method: How to Unwrinkle Clothes in a Dryer

The modern household dryer, typically used to dry clothes after washing, can also be a lifesaver in de-wrinkling.

  1. The Basic Dryer Tumble:
  2. If you’re pressed for time, this method can be your quick fix:
    • First, dampen the wrinkled clothing with a spritz of water.
    • Next, toss the item into the dryer with a damp washcloth or even a few ice cubes.
    • Set the dryer to medium heat and let it run for about 15 minutes.
    • Once done, promptly remove and hang the clothing to ensure no new wrinkles form.
  1. Using Dryer Sheets:
  2. For an added touch of freshness:
    • Place your wrinkled garment in the dryer.
    • Add in a dryer sheet. This won’t only give your clothes a pleasant scent. Still, it can also help reduce static and soften the fabric, further aiding in releasing wrinkles.
    • As before, set the dryer on medium heat and let it run for 10-15 minutes.

The Shower Method

For those without a dryer or if you’re in a hotel room, this method is both simple and ingenious:

  • Hang the wrinkled clothes in the bathroom, protecting them from direct water.
  • Take a hot, steamy shower. As the bathroom fills with steam, it will gently ease the wrinkles of your hanging clothes.
  • Once you’re done, leave the clothes hanging for a few more minutes, then put them on or hang them in a more ventilated area to dry completely.

The Spray Method

An excellent method for targeting specific problem areas or for delicate fabrics:

  • Prepare a solution in a spray bottle by combining water with a few drops of fabric softener.
  • Spray the wrinkled areas lightly. The moisture will loosen the fibers of the fabric.
  • Gently pull and stretch the sprayed areas to smooth out the wrinkles.
  • Allow the garment to air dry, preferably by hanging.

Flat Drying and Stretching Method

Perfect for those items you’re especially careful with:

  • After washing or dampening the garment, lay it flat on a clean surface or a drying rack.
  • Gently stretch and reshape the clothing to its original form.
  • Leave it to air dry. As it dries, the fabric will hold its shape, reducing the appearance of wrinkles.


Gone are the days when a wrinkled outfit meant you had to resort to cumbersome ironing or change your attire entirely. With these four easy methods, you can ensure your clothes are wrinkle-free and ready to wear, even on the go. Whether using the power of steam from a shower or the tumble of a dryer, you have options at your fingertips. Always be gentle with fabrics to keep them looking their best for years.

Additional Tips and Warnings

  • Delicate fabrics such as silk or wool can be damaged by high heat. Always check and use appropriate settings.
  • Store clothes properly, ideally hung up or folded neatly, to avoid excessive wrinkling.
  • The care label is your best friend. Always check it before trying any method to ensure you won’t damage your garments.

Stay stylish and wrinkle-free!