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Washing machine tech - how to minimize wrinkles?!?!

BlueOvalStangGT 635 49 November 16, 2011 at 07:51 AM
I'm tired of ironing my shirts everyday and hearing how some people never iron. To me, its just not possible. Not sure if its my technique, or my washing machine/dryer, but no matter what I do my shirts get wrinkled to hell. What am I doing wrong?

Wash cycle : Cold on Delicates/Permanent Press. I use Tide liquid detergent and All fabric softener

Dryer: Again on Permanent press, and I add a dryer sheet. As soon as its over I remove my clothes and hang them.


Any tips/techniques to lose the wrinkles?

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Not sure this really should go in Tech support but . . . .

I think there are a lot of factors here. Machine style, Clothing type, how full the load is, and more.

2 biggest things I notice is if I have a really big load of laundry with light and heavy things (Darks with jeans), things tend to come our more wrinkled. The jeans tangle with everything and twist it up during the spin cycle.

The other thing I know is clothing type matters. I have some nice Brooks brothers dress shirts that are no iron and wear like steel. They don't rinkel and look like the day you bought them. I then have a couple of cheaper Express shirts that are just standard Cotton blend and they wrinkle much more easily. I don't use fabric softner or dryer sheets and wonder if that may be a factor in your situation too.
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Quote from LiquidRetro View Post :
Not sure this really should go in Tech support but . . . .

I think there are a lot of factors here. Machine style, Clothing type, how full the load is, and more.

2 biggest things I notice is if I have a really big load of laundry with light and heavy things (Darks with jeans), things tend to come our more wrinkled. The jeans tangle with everything and twist it up during the spin cycle.

The other thing I know is clothing type matters. I have some nice Brooks brothers dress shirts that are no iron and wear like steel. They don't rinkel and look like the day you bought them. I then have a couple of cheaper Express shirts that are just standard Cotton blend and they wrinkle much more easily. I don't use fabric softner or dryer sheets and wonder if that may be a factor in your situation too.
I concur with the above. The size of the washer load has got to be the BIGGEST factor in how wrinkled my clothes are. If I have a very dense load, the clothing will invariably be far more wrinkled than a light load. Even if I spread the clothes out into multiple dryers (I go to a laundromat), it's difficult to repair the wrinkling from an overstuffed washer.

The type of shirt also plays a big role. Heavier cottons are less susceptible to wrinkling, it seems, than thinner cottons. When it comes to my dress shirts, I know the thin (softer) shirts will wrinkle super easily, whereas the thicker (and stiffer) cottons will be less susceptible to wrinkles. My softer cotton dress shirts (especially the types that kind of feel like pajama tops, which I really don't like) get very wrinkled half way through the day, but my stiffer shirts (especially the no-iron shirts) can go the whole day with minimal wrinkling).

Then again, I take my dress shirts to the cleaners to get washed and pressed.
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Quote from LiquidRetro View Post :
Not sure this really should go in Tech support but . . . .

I think there are a lot of factors here. Machine style, Clothing type, how full the load is, and more.

2 biggest things I notice is if I have a really big load of laundry with light and heavy things (Darks with jeans), things tend to come our more wrinkled. The jeans tangle with everything and twist it up during the spin cycle.

The other thing I know is clothing type matters. I have some nice Brooks brothers dress shirts that are no iron and wear like steel. They don't rinkel and look like the day you bought them. I then have a couple of cheaper Express shirts that are just standard Cotton blend and they wrinkle much more easily. I don't use fabric softner or dryer sheets and wonder if that may be a factor in your situation too.
Cheap thin shirts tend to wrinkle a lot more than the good stuff. H&M stuff is a perfect example of wrinkle prone clothing. I like their styles but the quality of their material is usually crud.

Keep loads to a minimum as stated and I use medium heat never high and remove immediately when done.
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Downy Wrinkle Releaser!
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My wife uses that like it is free coming out of the sink faucet. lol I personally just iron my pants and shirts when i feel they need it. Honestly takes me less than 5 minutes to do a shirt and pants.
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How to Avoid or Lessen Your Ironing

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Smaller wash loads like mention previously and remove immediately from dryer. Spray wrinkle release as needed. Might even try a regular drying cycle and remove immediately since the perm press cycle adds a cool down period to try to fluff and keep from wrinkling, but it might be making you wrinkles set in with some cottons.

Make your own wrinkle release spray for pennies [northerncheapskate.com]

Dollar General also has a generic version of wrinkle release [dollargeneral.com] that is cheaper than the name brands ($1.75)

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1. Buy "wrinkle-free"/"non-iron" clothes. They are treated with chemicals to make your life vastly easier.

2. Don't over-dry your clothes. Take them out of the dryer while they are still damp and hang them up in a reasonably open area. If they wrinkle after air-drying, get them a little bit damp, throw them in the dryer for a few minutes, and repeat.

I wear reasonably nice business casual clothes every day. I don't own an iron, or any "wrinkle releaser".

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Smaller wash loads like mention previously and remove immediately from dryer. Spray wrinkle release as needed. Might even try a regular drying cycle and remove immediately since the perm press cycle adds a cool down period to try to fluff and keep from wrinkling, but it might be making you wrinkles set in with some cottons.
Permanent press also runs cooler so you don't over-dry clothes. The chemicals used in pre-treated clothes lose their effectiveness if cooked to death.
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its not your washer its your dryer,hang up clothes straight away when dryed,
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