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Keeping Jeans from Getting Wrinkled in the Dryer

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No one really wants to iron their jeans because they came out of the dryer wrinkled. There are some easy ways to keep this from happening. This is a page about keeping jeans from getting wrinkled in the dryer.


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March 20, 2011

My brand new Wrangler blue jeans came out of the washer and dryer with horrible wrinkles. I have ironed them, but am not prepared to do that each time they're washed, and besides, the wrinkles are still there! Fabric softener will not make any difference. These are deep, deep wrinkles. Could they be defective and shall I return them?

By Jeanne from Billings, MT


March 21, 20110 found this helpful
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Try washing & drying them again. Wash in a load that gives items room to agitate. Before putting them in the dryer, stretch & shape them to get the wrinkles out. Tumble dry with a few tennis balls. Dry for 10 minutes, then check them to see if they need to be stretched/shaped again. Take them out when they are partially dry, clip them to a trouser/skirt hanger and let them finish air drying.

Make sure the washer & dryer are not overstuffed with other clothes as that contributes to wrinkling.

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March 20, 2011

Anytime I put my boyfriend's jeans in the dryer, no matter how small the load, the jeans always come out of the dryer horribly wrinkled. I have tried taking the jeans out and folding them slightly and putting them back in, but the wrinkles are still there. I have tried everything, the only thing that works is putting the jeans in the dryer alone, but I don't want to use the extra electric for 5 pairs of jeans. Help!


By Catie from OH


Jeans Getting Wrinkled in the Dryer

I use pants hangers (not the ones with the rod, but the ones that would clamp shut onto the leg) and hang them upside down (waist at the bottom). The weight of the jeans pulls out the wrinkles as they dry. (05/21/2009)

By Rebecca Jessiman

Jeans Getting Wrinkled in the Dryer

I do what ScottishYankee does except sometimes I dry them for a few minutes in the dryer first. When you hang them up smooth them out with your hands to help the wrinkles out. (05/21/2009)

By Judi

Jeans Getting Wrinkled in the Dryer

Usually the only time I have a problem with this, is with new Wrangler brand jeans that my husband likes. He has just learned to deal with it, until they become more broken in.
You can always try turning them inside out after drying, and ironing, although that doesn't get out all of the wrinkles.

You could also take them once to a dry cleaner, and have them heavy starched, it will last a long time then when you wash them at home. The cost may seem high initially, but not be as much as you are doing now, drying more in the dryer. (05/22/2009)


By Frances Adams

Jeans Getting Wrinkled in the Dryer

Try drying them on permanent press. It's a lower temperature and keeps the woven decorative bands on my towels from shrinking. (05/26/2009)

By Leslie Textor

Jeans Getting Wrinkled in the Dryer

It could be that the the heat from the drier is too hot. (05/26/2009)

By Gail

Jeans Getting Wrinkled in the Dryer

I don't know the size of your dryer, but it is possible that your loads are too large. I usually will dry my husband's five pairs of medium weight jeans as one load in the dryer and we have a very large dryer. Then again not having enough clothes in the dryer can cause wrinkles. When I don't have a large enough load, I throw in a clean towel or something of that nature. When doing this, make sure that item is the same color (dark or light) as the load. Also, try not to over dry the jeans. When I remove the jeans from the dryer, the back pockets and waist bands are usually slightly damp. Lay them flat out awhile so they can completely dry before putting them away. Good luck. (05/27/2009)


By it'

Jeans Getting Wrinkled in the Dryer

When taking the jeans out of the washer give each of them a good shake before placing in the dryer. I also agree with the other poster that perhaps you are over drying them and the other thought that comes to mind is asking the question: "Do you take them out of the dryer and shake them again 'as soon as' the dryer stops or are you leaving all the clothes sitting in the dryer until they have already cooled down before folding?" (05/27/2009)

By Deeli

Jeans Getting Wrinkled in the Dryer

You can take a little spray bottle and combine 1/2 water with 1/2 rubbing alcohol. Then lay the pants out on a flat surface and spray them lightly with the alcohol mixture, then smooth out the wrinkles with your hand. Works great! (05/27/2009)

By Cindy Oriente

Jeans Getting Wrinkled in the Dryer

Try taking them out as soon as the dryer stops, shake them and smooth the legs and hang by the waist. It works for me. (05/27/2009)


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