If you’ve got wrinkled fabrics and you’re short on time, this hair straightener ironing trick will be your new best friend!
OK, now I may be a little more enthusiastic about this new hair straightener ironing trick than most, because I’m quite the ironing enthusiast, but who doesn’t love a little life hack that will make their life better and easier? My love of ironing goes all the way back to when I was 10 or so and I would spend hours in our basement ironing everything I could get my hands on while listening to Elton John’s Yellow Brick Road on our big old record player. It was about 1993 at the time, so I like to think I was ahead of the game with my love of vintagey things. Ha! Anyway, fun music on old record players and taking wrinkly fabric and making it crisp and smooth are still two things that I find incredibly satisfying. 🙂
I don’t yet have a place where I can leave my ironing board and all of my other ironing accoutrements set up permanently, so taking the ironing board out and getting everything all set up if I just need to give one item a little touch up is a bit of a pain.
That’s where the hair straightener ironing trick comes in!
How to use the Hair Straightener Ironing Trick
Before you cringe, let me just preface this tip by saying that you should definitely keep your flat iron clean if you plan to use it for this. Grungy hair straighteners need not apply here. Luckily, I shared how to clean your flat iron just a couple of weeks ago, so you can check that little blog post out if yours is in need of some attention.
Once your hair straightener is all clean, you’re ready to start ironing!
When you notice a few wrinkles on a shirt that you want to wear, a tea towel that you want to hang, or a pillow case that you want to use, just turn on your hair straightener!
My straightener only takes 20 seconds to warm up, so it’s the perfect quick tool for little touch ups like these. I can’t believe I didn’t think of this 10 years ago!
It’s best to use your straightener for small areas and only “iron” one layer of fabric at a time to make sure you don’t accidentally create any creases where you don’t want them.
One of my little pet peeves is going into the drawer for a nice tea towel to put out and seeing that it’s gotten scrunched up in the back somewhere. A wrinkly tea towel just doesn’t look right in an otherwise tidy kitchen. So now – problem solved!
Hopefully this little trick will come in handy for you! What little items around the house are you going to use the hair straightener ironing trick for?
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Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.