Have you ever been in a hurry and just didn’t want to pull out your iron? Then you are going to love today’s life hack. It’s a trick that helps your dryer steam your clothes. So here’s how it works.
Take what you need to get the wrinkles out of and put it in the dyer. Now before you start it up, throw in two or three ice cubes, then close the door and run the dryer on the highest heat setting for a few minutes. Now you have no more wrinkles in your clothes.
No more ironing!! Yah!
Why this works is simple science. The dyer’s high heat settings melts the ice cubes into work and it becomes hot enough to create steam. The steam mixed with the heated temperatures does what your iron would do.
Something you need to be careful about is to avoid overloading your dryer. This life hack really works best with just one or two items. You don’t want to do this with a full load. It just won’t work. I tried it with two shirts and a skirt, and that worked. But it worked better when I just did a single t-shirt.
I seriously just hate ironing. Then again who doesn’t? 🙂 So what I used to toss a shirt in the dryer on its own when I was in a super hurry, but honestly adding the ice cubes work much better.
Now let’s looking at some interesting ironing facts:
The first known use of heated metal to “iron” clothes is known to have occurred in China. The electric iron was invented in 1882, by Henry W. Seeley. Seeley patented his “electric flatiron” on June 6, 1882 (U.S. Patent no. 259,054).
Ironing is the use of a heated tool (an iron) to remove wrinkles from fabric. The heating is commonly done to a temperature of 180–220 °Celsius, depending on the fabric. Ironing works by loosening the bonds between the long-chain polymer molecules in the fibers of the material.
When the fabric is heated, the molecules are more easily reoriented. In the case of cotton fibers, which are derivatives of cellulose, the hydroxyl groups that crosslink the cellulose polymer chains are reformed at high temperatures and become somewhat “locked in place” upon cooling the item. In permanent press pressed clothes, chemical agents such as dimethylol ethylene urea are added as crosslinking agents.
Or more simply put the clothes iron on the clothes and presto! No creases.
- Irons are also known as flat irons, smoothing irons, or clothes irons.
- Irons are handheld electrical appliances used to uncrease creased clothes with it’s heated triangular surface.
- Irons remove creases due to the combination of a hard surface, and heat pressed on the fibers of the clothes which stretches and flattens the fibers.
- Henry Seeley invented the first electric iron in 1882.
- More than a thousand years ago in China, pieces of heated metal were used as an iron to uncrease clothes.
- The metal part of an iron, that is used for pressing, is called the soleplate and is generally heated to 180ºC-220°C (356°F-428ºF) when ironing.
- Irons use a combination of heat, electricity, and mechanical energy to uncrease clothes, as well as the use of steam for some items.
- Historically, a metal box made from iron was heated by charcoal and used as an iron to uncrease clothes.
- Burning coconut shells were used to heat irons instead of charcoal in India since it had a similar effect to burning charcoal.
- The Gochsheim Castle, Karlshruhe, Germany has one of the largest collections of irons, about 1300 irons.