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Easy ways to remove wrinkles from clothes

By on November 21, 2010

wrinkled shirts

DEAR SARA:

Iron or dryer? I often will delay ironing until I have a huge pile of it. If I have enough for a full dryer load, which is cheaper: ironing for over an hour or putting it in the dryer for 20 minutes? I have a dryer that’s only a few years old, so it’s pretty energy efficient. — Trinaren, e-mail

TRINAREN:

Ironing will be cheaper, and you’ll have a nicely pressed look to your clothes. The problem is that it takes more time. Do you want to spend your time ironing? I would immediately hang clothes straight from the dryer and iron only what is necessary load by load. My time is limited, and I wouldn’t spend it ironing for an hour. But at the same time, I wouldn’t place a dress shirt in the dryer and wear it unpressed (even if it has fewer wrinkles than when it went in). You could hang some clothing in the bathroom when you shower and see whether the results from the steam are acceptable to you. Or buy clothing that doesn’t require ironing. Another option is, with each regular load you put into the dryer, add two articles of clothing from your needs-to-be-ironed pile and hang once they’re dried. Or make your own fabric wrinkle release. Fill a spray bottle with distilled water. Add 1 teaspoon liquid fabric softener. Shake to mix. Spray the wrinkled garment until it’s slightly damp. Pull to smooth out wrinkles. Hang until dry. It works well as a fabric freshener, too. You can increase the amount of liquid fabric softener up to 1 tablespoon. If you find you want a crisper, more pressed look, it’s easier and quicker to iron clothing with fewer wrinkles. I’d rather iron an outfit at a time with fewer wrinkles than a heaping hamper of heavily wrinkled clothing all in one night.

DEAR SARA:

I am curious about the kind of apples you choose to make the apple butter in your recent recipe. I have tasted many different apple butters and believe the kind of apple chosen and the spices vary the flavor. Granny Smith, Jonathon, yellow delicious, Rome? I would like to try it. — Gale Fetters, Illinois

GALE:

I use whatever I have on hand. I’m not fond of red or golden delicious for apple butter. That’s my personal preference. But I enjoy most any other type of apple, such as Granny Smith or Gravenstein. You might find them too firm and prefer McIntosh, Fuji or Jonathon, a combination of sweet and tart, etc. A good way of knowing what type you’ll enjoy is by knowing what type of apples you like in applesauce. If you prefer a sweeter apple, add less sugar when you make it. Add sugar to your own taste.

DEAR SARA:

Just wondering: Have you poured all the different mini bottles of shampoo or body washes into one bigger one? I just found a stash of over 20 bottles. Just curious to see what the outcome would be. Should I? Shouldn’t I? I have all types such as moisturizing, energizing, creamy and clear, fruity and floral. Any suggestions/tips on this? — Libby, Canada

DEAR LIBBY:

I wouldn’t unless they were all the same type. I can’t imagine it looking or smelling good. I would use them one at a time or give them away as gifts or donate them if they were taking up too much space. Some additional uses for shampoo include using them for shaving, laundry stain removal, or cleaning the tub or hair brushes.

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