Expat Life Hacks~ Ironing

So being an expat is really cool at times. I love biking around my town and seeing things I never thought I would see up close and personal. While I do enjoy being in a foreign land, there are things I miss. A Lot!

Take for instance, a dryer. Not only does it do the job of drying fast, but it also practically irons your clothes. Like everyone else in the world, I hate ironing, I will do it if I have to, but only for myself or my child. If you are a capable adult, you are out of luck.  Yes, I am talking to you honey. 😉

Now, I have come to the entire point of this post! Not having to iron! Back home in the States, we also have Wrinkle Releaser. It is a miraculous spray that takes wrinkles out of clothing.

Enter my expat lifesaver, Pinterest! Since moving here and even before, I have found some marvelous recipes, organization ideas, and so much more on there. But, most recently, I have found the recipe for happiness…. so to speak. I found a way to MAKE wrinkle releaser. and it works!

After hearing my husband complain about his wrinkly shirts for the second time, I went to my DIY (do it yourself) haven of inspiration, Pinterest. Sure enough there were answers to my problem!

Before

After

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After

 

 

I love this stuff!

The magical recipe:

  • 1 cup or 250 ml water
  • 1 tsp. (the small spoon) liquid fabric softener
  • 1 tsp. rubbing alcohol (optional, helps the spray evaporate quicker) Put this all on a spray bottle and shake! Now you’re ready to go!
  • Spray a clean, wrinkled garment.  Dampen it, but you don’t need to soak it.
  • Tug on the garment or give it a good shake to loosen the wrinkles.
  • You can also lay the garment on a flat surface (like a bed), and do a quick “iron” with your hands.  I found that this worked well on wrinkly shirt sleeves: just spray, smooth from the middle of the sleeve out to the ends with your hands, and the wrinkles go away.
  • Hang the garment to dry, and more wrinkles will disappear as it dries. Brilliant! Problem solved. I am hooked!!
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5 thoughts on “Expat Life Hacks~ Ironing

  1. Ha ha, you clearly don’t have much patience! ‘After hearing him complain about his wrinkly shirts for the SECOND time…’ – I can usually block out stuff like that until at least the 200th time! 🙂

  2. Well, He is kinda lucky, the wrinkles were bothering me a bit too or I would have told him to do his own laundry and he will have nothing to complain about. I left out the rabbit trail I thought about putting in there about the last time he complained about not being able to find his underwear when they were all drying on the radiators. He said I hadn’t done laundry and what did I do with his clothes….. He did his own laundry for five months after that. He is a bit more careful now! 😉

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