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How to Prevent Clothes from Wrinkling in the Dryer

No matter how much you try or how careful you are, your clothes may wrinkle in the dryer. This is a common problem, but the good news is that it can be solved relatively easily. Read on to find out how.

Before Washing: Check the Labels on Your Clothing

It’s always worthwhile checking the labels on your clothing just to make sure that you’re not tumble drying clothes that shouldn’t be put in the dryer. Some clothes just aren’t suitable such as:

  • Bathing suits
  • Bras
  • Chiffon
  • Clothes covered in beads
  • Fake leather
  • Suede
  • Tights

Every other item of clothing should be ok, but it never hurts to check the label.


Why Clothes Wrinkle in the Dryer

Clothes tend to wrinkle in the dryer if you’ve cleaned a mixture of heavy and light clothes and delicates at the same time. If you tend to load your dryer with too many clothes, chances are this is why they’re not coming out with that just-ironed look.

Also, if you have washed your clothes in water that’s just too hot, you could find that this is the reason why they’re coming out the dryer less than perfect.


How to Prevent Clothes from Wrinkling in the Dryer

If you’re not washing or drying your clothes correctly you could be damaging the fabric, which means your favourite outfit may never look as good as it once did. However, there are some simple solutions to this problem, and they’re solutions that don’t take much time or effort.

1. Put fewer clothes in the dryer

When they’re drying, your clothes need to be able to move around so that the hot air can get to them. If you have a washer/dryer you may simply have to washer fewer clothes each time so that they have enough space to move.

If you have a separate washer and dryer, why not dry the clothes that you really need to dry, and hang the not-so-important clothes on a clothes horse so they can air dry?

2. Add fabric softener when washing your clothes

Not only do fabric softeners make your clothes smell good and feel softer, they can also help to reduce wrinkles. Add some softener to each load, and you should start to notice a difference.

Some laundry powders come with added fabric softener, so you may want to look out for those the next time you’re in the supermarket.

3. Shake the creases out of your clothes

Clothes tend to get tangled up and creased while they’re being washed, and occasionally when they’re being dried. Untangle your clothes and give them a bit of a shake so that the creases drop out. Hold your tops from the shoulders and shake them until they look a little smoother. Hold your skirts, shorts, and trousers from the top, and give them a good shake too.

4. Fold your clothes straight away

As soon as your clothes have finished drying and they’ve been shaken (If required) fold them right away as this can help to prevent the wrinkles and creases returning.

Blouses, shirts, jackets, coats, and some tops will need to be hung on a clothes hanger. Pull these items of clothing straight so that wrinkles are smoothed out. If they have become a little too dry spray a mist of cool water lightly over them as this will make the fibres a little looser.

Once your clothes are folded, put them away as soon as you can so they’re even less likely to get creased again.

5. Use the ‘Permanent Press’ option

If your clothes tend to become very wrinkled, select the ‘Permanent press’ option on your tumble dryer. This option allows your clothes to be cooled down gently, allowing the fibres to relax so your garments retain their original shape.

If your clothes are still a little creased you may have to iron them, however, if you use the techniques listed above your clothes are less likely to be wrinkled, which means they’ll be ready to wear as soon as you need them.