A couple of weeks ago during one of our planning meetings, we got to talking about ironing. When I was a kid, my mom used to iron almost everything, often with the help of my sisters and me. I don’t iron very much these days, but I’ll pull it out for dress shirts or nice tablecloths when the occasion arises. My “girls” on the OGT Team are all about half my age, and they all say they avoid ironing at all costs. Understandable, of course, because I never liked it as a kid and I still don’t like it very much now. :-)
But our conversation about ironing got me thinking about the things that I do take the time the iron. I started wondering if there was a way to get my tablecloths nice and crisp, without the hassle of pulling out my iron and ironing board. So I did a little bit of research, and it turns out that there IS an easier way! And not only that, but it’s a trick that has apparently been around since before I was born. And it works just as well today as it did back then, so I’m excited to share it with you today!
The method that I’ll be sharing with you today can be applied to bedsheets, tablecloths, t-shirts, curtains, and all kinds of fabrics. But I’ll be talking primarily about using it for bedsheets, because my mom used to put in so much effort to make sure our bedsheets were clean, crisp, and free of wrinkles. (I remember ironing my pillowcases begrudgingly, wondering why it even mattered since I was going to sleep on them and get them all wrinkled again anyway!) So this post is dedicated to my mom, knowing that she will be so pleased to know that there’s an easier way to get the crisp, flat sheets she always aimed to have. :-)
It’s a simple method, and takes very little effort on your part! Here’s how it’s done.
How To Get Crisp Bedsheets Without Ironing
Step 1 – Wash
Wash your bedsheets as usual in your washing machine.
Step 2 – Lay It Out
Instead of transferring your bedsheets to your dryer, put them on your bed instead. (I know it sounds strange, but bear with me here!) Make sure to pull them taut as you lay them out!
Step 3 – Let It Dry
Finally, allow your bedsheets to dry completely before making the rest of the bed. This could take anywhere from an hour to all day, depending on the temperature and humidity inside your house. (If you live in an especially humid environment, see below for some additional tips.)
And voila! Allowing your wet sheets to dry on the bed will ensure that they conform to the flat surface. There won’t be a single wrinkle, a sight that surely would have brought a tear of joy to your grandmother’s eye. :-) It’s a simple trick, but it works so well! I use it for all of my tablecloths now.
Tips For Humid Environments
You may need to make a few adjustments to this process if you live in a humid place. My first tip would be to partially dry your sheets before placing them on the bed. Just stick them in the dryer after washing, and let them get about halfway dry. Then put them on your bed to allow them to dry the rest of the way.
You could also use a box fan or something similar to help speed up the drying process. Just put your wet sheets on the bed, face the fan towards it, then let it dry that way for several hours.
Do you have any tips for getting crisp, wrinkle-free fabrics without the aid of an iron? I’d love to hear about them in the comments section below! :-)