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Wrinkles, meet your match.

Michelle Darrisaw

Walking outside wearing a wrinkled shirt or dress can be embarrassing. But it’s happened to all of us at some point, especially when traveling. No matter how great you are at starching and ironing, you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who hasn’t suffered from a case of the wrinkles.

Luckily, you don’t have to spend extra money at the dry cleaners or show up to work, school, and important events looking disheveled, thanks to these two items you already have in the house: aluminum foil and bobby pins.

Regardless if you’re not a fan of ironing at home, employing these two clever tricks will help you get through it twice as fast. Not to mention, these tips are guaranteed to help you smooth out any creases and pleats, whether big or small. According to TODAY Style, here’s how you can get your quick ironing fix before heading out the door or when packing garments for that business trip. Mama would be so proud.

Use tin foil to iron shirts.

Who knew aluminum foil could be used for more than just capping delicious casseroles and wrapping other savory baked dishes? Using the thin metal liner allows you to iron both sides at the same time without having to rotate your garment around the ironing board. As you know with covered dishes, foil is a great insulator for retaining heat.

  1. First, you’ll need the basics: aluminum foil, an iron, and, of course, an ironing board.
  2. Next, you’ll completely line the ironing board with tin foil.
  3. Then lay your garment flat on top of the foil, where you’ll use the iron to press over the garment several times with the steam button. The steam function is essential here, as the wet heat removes wrinkles from both sides of the shirt at once.
  4. Finally, let the shirt (or whatever preferred garment) cool completely before putting on to wear.

Use bobby pins to iron pleats. 

For those of you with children who are required to wear school uniforms like pleated skirts and trousers, we feel your pain with getting those creases to lay flat. Good news: the solution can be found right in your bathroom cabinet. Turns out, bobby pins are tiny tools you want to have in your arsenal for more than just securing that chignon.

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  1. First, you’ll need to make sure the pleats are folded neatly on the skirt or pants.
  2. Next, slide the hair pins down to ensure each pleat stays in place. You’ll work your way around the garment until every pleat is secured.
  3. Then it’s time to iron. The bobby pins will help to keep the hem in place as you press the garment.
  4. Again, allow the item you’re ironing to cool before removing the bobby pins and dressing yourself.

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Voila! Perfect pleats and crisp white shirts to help you and your child look polished and effortlessly put-together in minutes.