Fight creases and wrinkles without resorting to an iron.
The last thing you probably want to do after your weekly laundry session is to set up your ironing board for another stack of shirts, pants, or dresses. Rest assured — your iron isn’t the only tool in the battle against creased clothing and wrinkles. Lexie Sachs, a senior textiles analyst at Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles, Paper & Plastics Lab, shared these tried-and-true tips that the experts who put different fabrics through the wringer on a daily basis swear by.
Wash Your Clothes Before Wearing Them
Wrinkle-free or non-iron apparel is typically coated with chemicals such as formaldehyde to achieve its namesake feature. Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen, especially when inhaled in large amounts regularly, but when it’s part of your clothing, the concern tends to be whether or not it irritates your skin. Treated clothing can cause contact dermatitis, the same itchy, red rash that appears when you’re allergic to other materials like latex or nickel. When you’re shopping for clothes, you can buy garments with wrinkle-resistant finishes but wash them before use to lower your exposure to formaldehyde levels.