A steamer will release wrinkles from your linens and clothes. You don't need to look any farther than your own shower for a great homemade clothes steamer. For an even quicker fix, it is easy to concoct a homemade wrinkle-releasing spray from fabric softener and water.
You select an outfit from your closet and discover it is a wrinkly mess. Take your outfit off the hanger and shake it out. Make sure that there are no new strange rumples or shapes as a result of the hanger itself. If not, put your outfit back on the hanger and bring it into the bathroom. Hang the outfit on one of your towel racks, or the outside of your shower door or on the shower curtain rod on the outside of the curtain. Turn your shower on all the way to hot, and at full power. Make sure any windows are completely closed and close the bathroom door. Watch the room get steamy!
After 10 to 30 minutes (depending on how much steam your shower is able to generate), turn off the water and let the clothes continue to hang in the humid room. Mix 1/4 cup fabric softener with 3/4 cup water in a spray bottle, and give your outfit a gentle once-over to relax any remaining fabric still trying to clutch to a wrinkle. This fabric softener solution is also a good quick fix if you're on the go and don't have time for the shower routine.
Making the Most of the Steam
Take advantage of the steam, and take a seat on your toilet (or a bathroom chair) to let the steam into your pores. Steam works wonders for clogged pores, and the humid heat helps relax muscles all over the body. Make sure to moisturize after the steaming session for a truly dewy skin reawakening! You can also conserve water by putting a bucket in the shower to capture the water, then use it to water your yard or wash your car.
Betty Quinton is a writer, teacher and actor from the Big Apple. A graduate of Brown University with a Bachelor of Arts in literary arts, Quinton has had short stories published in literary magazines across the U.S. and in Germany, Belgium, and France.