My Friend Always Places 3 Ice Cubes In Her Dryer, And I Finally Asked To Find Out Why
Published in Oct 2018 / Updated in Oct 2021
When it comes to home cleaning hacks, everyone has a trick or two they learned from their parents or grandparents. Whatever the trick, they all seem to work pretty well. People often turn to a staple in the pantry, vinegar for the ultimate cleaning hack. Or they will take products made for one thing and use them for something totally different, like a magic eraser.
While we have tried many hacks ourselves with a lot of success, every once in a while you come across one that blows our minds. Not just because of how well it works, but because of how it replaces a very annoying task.
Many will agree one of the most annoying chores is to iron your clothes. You take them out of the drier and they looked like a crumpled piece of paper. And you have to now take an hour out of your day to tediously iron out all the wrinkles. Then I remembered visiting my neighbor and she often did something weird and it never clicked in my mind why, until now.
When we were talking while she was doing laundry, she went over to her fridge and grabbed a handful of ice. She then would walk back to her dryer and toss the ice cubes in with her clothes. I didn't want to bug her, so I just ignored it. But then one day it clicked and made sense, she did it to keep the wrinkles out of her clothes. That's when I knew I had to try it myself and see if it worked.
The next time I had to do laundry, I did as she did and threw ice cubes in with the wrinkled clothes. Then low and behold, when I took them out they were almost perfectly wrinkle-free. And I didn't have to take out the iron at all.
How it works.
So how does it work? It's pretty simple. When the ice melts and then gets heated up by the drier, it turns into steam. The steam then penetrates the clothes and as it dries the wrinkles disappear. I wouldn't recommend it if you have a ton of wrinkled clothes, it's best for small loads. If you do happen to have a lot of wrinkled clothes, it's best to do it in batches. If you try with too many clothes it just won't work as well.
It's not just us who says this works like a charm, people all over the internet who try it say it works perfectly too. While you can get the same results with ironing, this saves you so much time.
Another hack to avoid ironing.
Outside of this ice cube trick, another trick to avoid ironing is to use a hairdryer. Simply spray the wrinkled clothes with a little water and put the hairdryer on high and watch the wrinkles vanish. While this isn't as time-saving as the ice cube trick. for small wrinkles, it's much easier than taking out the iron and ironing board.
The other advantage to use a hairdryer for a small wrinkle is the money you save on your electric or gas bill. Irons use a lot of energy as compared to a hairdryer.