If you’re sick of ironing your kids’ school uniforms after you’ve had a long day at work, then a laundry expert has some tips to ensure you can ditch the appliance
All parents know that school uniforms never stay pristine for very long – but there are ways to ensure your kids look the part, even without ironing their uniform.
Whether they’ve fallen over in a muddy puddle or accidentally got paint on themselves in an art class, there are so many reasons your little ones may come home looking dishevelled.
And with your busy schedule, the likelihood is that you want quick and easy methods to get uniforms looking as good as new once more. Thankfully laundry expert Gwil Snook, from electronics retailer AO, has shared his go-to method that takes minimal effort.
His first tip is to give your kids’ clothes a good shake to smooth out the items before you place them on the hanger. That way, they won’t dry with stubborn creases set into them, and will mean you can ditch the iron.
He said: “To further prevent any creases, look for a washing machine with an anti-crease programme so that when you hang them out to dry, they are smooth.”
Another way the expert advised to keep clothes wrinkle-free is to spritz them with a wrinkle-releasing product – and to make it even cheaper, you can concoct one yourself at home.
To make it, you will need one part fabric softener and one part water. Gwil explained: “Mix well and spray lightly onto clothes to help relax the fabric so wrinkles simply drop out once you hang them up.”
He also urges parents to store the uniform correctly if they want to be rid of ironing, as packing them tightly in wardrobes or cupboards can cause creasing.
For those who stand by their tumble dryer but find it adds more wrinkles to their loads of laundry, Gwil recommends putting a damp cloth in the drum for the remaining ten minutes of the drying cycle. Adding a tennis ball to the cycle can also help clothes dry faster as it moves air around the dryer, helping prevent wrinkles.
The secret weapon in Gwil’s anti-crease guide is a handheld steamer, a quick and easy way to get rid of creases. He stated: “They are reasonably priced and don’t take up much room.” However, if you don’t want to buy one, an “alternative is to place items in the bathroom while you have a hot shower.”
Either way, steam is an important ingredient to keeping your kids’ uniforms crease-free, so you never have to iron another shirt again.
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