Last Updated on October 29, 2022 by Erik Sullivan
We’ve all been there. You’re getting ready for a special summer party/event and realize that your favorite cotton shirt has some unsightly wrinkles.
Yes, I know, it’s really frustrating especially when you don’t have much time to get ready.
But, don’t worry. There are some great solutions!
In this blog post, I will show you how to get wrinkles out of cotton shirt using simple household items. Read on to learn more!
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How to Get Wrinkles Out Of Cotton Shirt (5 Easiest Hacks)
Cotton is a natural fiber and therefore, it’s not as resistant to wrinkles as synthetic fibers. If you’ve a 100% cotton shirt then it’ll get wrinkled very easily.
However, the following methods are very effective against clothes wrinkles.
Method 1: Remove wrinkles from your cotton shirt without an iron
If you don’t like ironing your clothes, then this method is for you. You can call it the “Shower Steam” Method. Sounds interesting, right?
It’s pretty simple.
Hang your shirt in the bathroom near the shower. Turn the shower on and increase the steam temperature. Close the door tightly to prevent the steam from getting outside.
Now, wait for at least 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, gently pull out the shirt with your hands to keep it under tension. The steam and the tension will help to loosen and smooth out wrinkles from your shirt.
Method 2: Use Clothes Steamer to get rid of stubborn wrinkles from 100% cotton shirt
This is one of the most effective ways of removing wrinkles from your cotton shirt. But, you’ll need to do it correctly for the best result. Follow the step-by-step process to steam your working shirt efficiently:
Hang your shirt on a clothes hanger: Before get started, you should hang your shirt properly so that you can apply steam evenly. Use clothespin to make sure the shirt doesn’t fall down.
Get set the clothes steamer: You can use either a standing steamer or a handheld steamer. The choice is yours. However, a handheld clothes steamer is usually suitable for steaming smaller items,
like – a shirt or suit.
Pour some distilled water into the water reservoir. Make sure to wipe the steam nozzle before applying steam as it can contain dust.
Turn on the clothes steamer and let it generate steam.
Start Applying Steam on your shirt: When the steamer is fully prepared, you can apply steam on your shirt.
Start from the collar. Open the collars flap, so that you can apply steam on that place. Make sure that the nozzle is 1 inch away from the fabric.
Next, apply steam on the front side of your shirt by simply moving the steam nozzle up and down motion. Don’t forget to apply steam over the front placket, and chest pocket.
You should also steam the backside of the shirt. Just focus on the top part, especially the shoulder.
After applying steam on the front and back panel of your shirt, you’ll need to steam the sleeves and its plackets. Pull the sleeve out with one hand and while applying steam with the other hand. Make sure to apply steam on both of the side of each sleeve.
Finally, let the shirt dry for about 10 minutes.
Method 3: Unwrinkles your shirt First At work
(Using Wrinkle Releaser Spray)
This method is most suitable for the people at work. Especially, if you’ll need to unwrinkle your dress shirt first while wearing it in your workplace, then this is the best method to apply.
Wrinkle releaser sprays can be found at most grocery or departmental stores and are easy to use. Simply spray the wrinkled shirt, gently tug on the fabric, and then hang it to dry.
I personally recommend The Downly Wrinkle Releaser Spray which is great for last minute touch on your shirt. It can also remove bad odors from the fabric.
Follow the instructions before using it.
Method 4: Using Steam From A Kettle
This is another method that you can use to dewrinkle your shirt without an iron.
- Hang your shirt in a hanger.
- Next place an electric kettle underneath the shirt
- Pour enough water into the kettle and turn it on to boil the water.
- When it’s fully boiled, lift the lid to release the hot steam.
- The steam will reach the shirt hanging up and penetrate the fibers to release wrinkles.
Method 5: Use a Hair Dryer/blow dryer to unwrinkle a shirt
This method also works really well to remove wrinkles from your cotton shirt. Here’s the process:
1) Hang your shirt in a hanger.
2) Spray some water over the shirt. Don’t wet it too much.
3) Next, get a hair dryer and select medium heat setting.
4) Pull the fabric with your hand and then turn on the dryer to blow the hot air towards the shirt. Make sure to hold the blow dryer at least 6 inches away from the surface of the shirt.
You can watch the following video for more info:
In conclusion, banishing wrinkles from your beloved cotton shirt is simpler than it might seem. Armed with a few handy techniques, you can effortlessly restore your garment to its crisp, polished glory.
Whether you opt for the trusty iron, steam, or the ingenious method of using ice cubes in the dryer, your cotton shirt can regain its smooth texture and professional appearance. Remember, patience and attention to detail are key; take your time, use the appropriate method for your specific shirt, and soon you’ll be stepping out confidently, wearing a shirt that looks as good as new.
With these practical methods in your repertoire, wrinkled shirts needn’t be a cause for stress anymore; instead, they’re just another opportunity to showcase your garment-care prowess.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to unwrinkle a shirt?
It actually depends on the wrinkle releasing process. If you use a clothes steamer to remove wrinkles, then the steaming time would be short. Because a clothes steamer uses intense heat and moisture to remove wrinkles in no time.
Does hanging a shirt unwrinkle it?
Yes, but the process cannot unwrinkle your shirt 100%. Because it does not use any external force (heat/pressure) to remove wrinkles on your shirt.
Does wearing a shirt get rid of wrinkles?
No, wearing a shirt or any other dresses doesn’t remove wrinkles. You’ll need to use a clothes steamer or iron to get rid of wrinkles.