That fabulous frock or your favorite dress shirt is too wrinkled to leave you looking proper and polished. Don't ditch your outfit idea or run to the nearest dry cleaners in a panic. Instead, use some trusty products and a touch of creativity to eliminate wrinkles from dry-clean only clothes without a trip to the cleaners.
Products to Try
Wrinkle-releasing sprays are an inexpensive and convenient alternative to dry cleaning, but how effective they are depends on your garment.
Consider the Fabric
Wrinkles in cotton, knit and polyester fabrics are going to be easiest to target with these sprays. The heavier the fabric, the better the wrinkles will respond.
Delicate rayon and silk might not react as well to these sprays, especially if the wrinkles are deep. In fact, the spray might only minimize wrinkles rather than erase them.
Once you lightly mist the garment with the spray, use clean, dry hands to smooth out the wrinkles. For deep wrinkles, gently pull on the fabric to soften them.
Always read manufacturer directions before using a wrinkle-release spray. Test a small spritz of product on an inconspicuous area of the garment to ensure the fabric responds well to it.
Who needs store-bought products? Some DIY practices and concoctions can help work those wrinkles out of dry-clean-only clothes.
Desperate times call for desperate measures. When you hop in the shower, amp up the heat, and hang your garment in the bathroom with you. Make sure the bathroom door is closed to trap the heat. The steam from the shower will naturally work out some of the wrinkles -- and you won't have to do a thing.
Blow Out the Wrinkles
Blowouts aren't just for your tresses anymore. Use your hair dryer on a low-speed, low-heat setting to target wrinkles. Hold the hair dryer at least 2 to 3 inches away from the fabric to protect it. The heat can work out the wrinkles without tossing that delicate dry-clean-only garment in the dryer.
If the hot air alone isn't softening the wrinkles, add a splash of water to the wrinkled area before blowing it dry.
Make Your Own Spray
Save some cash and create a wrinkle-fighting spray with ingredients you probably already have in your home. Blend a capful of fabric softener with 10 parts water in a spray bottle. Spritz this product on your wrinkles, and give your dry-clean-only clothes a fresh look.
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