7 Expert Tips to Remove Wrinkles From Your Clothes

Fight creases and wrinkles without resorting to an iron.

7 Expert Tips to Remove Wrinkles From Your Clothes

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.

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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.

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Exactly How to De-Escalate Aggression From a Stranger

Follow security Expert Bill Staton's important advice to keep yourself safe.

Have you ever had a tense interaction with a stranger in public? Perhaps your shopping carts accidentally knocked into each other or there was a misunderstanding in communication and the other person gets angry. You may wonder how you can de-escalate the aggression and exit the situation safely. So security expert Bill Stanton has your go-to advice for staying alert and protecting yourself in the face of verbal aggression and physical attacks.

THE INITIAL INTERACTION

Bill Stanton: "It always starts with something small, like someone being too close to you, or even more common, you get bumped by a shopping cart. You want to look at their eyes first -it may reveal emotional changes. But you can't rely on just that. Look at what their trunk is doing; a person's torso will reveal their intent. Body language like raising hands, heightened expression, tense shoulders — these are natural responses to a person who is feeling threatened and will escalate. They may begin to zero in on the space between you and them, and their voice will get louder and louder. You want to read this before it gets further and becomes explosive."

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