“No iron” men’s dress shirts are the next best thing to sliced bread. A no-iron (or wrinkle free) shirt means no more dry cleaning bills and no more setting up the ironing board and iron to press out the wrinkles. When my husband bought a few no-iron dress shirts recently, I quickly discovered that these shirts take slightly different handling then the rest of his shirts. And that part about being “No iron?” It only works if the shirt is laundered a special way.
Wash using the permanent press setting
Unless you sweat profusely, most men’s and ladies “no iron” or “wrinkle free” dress shirts can be washed in cold water using the permanent press setting. Shirts that are dirty should be washed in warm water but with the permanent press setting as well. The reason for using the permanent press setting is because it uses cooler water than the cotton setting along with a gentler agitation speed to minimize wrinkling.
Partially dry using permanent press
As you remove the shirts from the washing machine, give them a good “snap” before placing them in the dryer. Snapping untangles the sleeve and the tails so that the shirt tumbles freely in the drum. Set your dryer temperature to the permanent press setting, turn on for 2-3 minutes and then remove the shirts from the dryer.
You’ll discover that the heat of the dryer has removed all the wrinkles. Quickly hang up the shirts while they are still warm on clothes hangers, adjust the collars, button up the shirt and the cuffs and place them on a shower rod to finish drying. Your “no iron” shirts will dry wrinkle free in an hour or so.
Washing and drying at too high of a heat is what causes wrinkles to develop in “no iron” and wrinkle free clothes. Using the slightly cooler temperatures of a permanent press setting and also removing the shirts before they are completely dry is the secret to wrinkle free results.
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