Haphazard ironing and wrinkles
Pay special attention to the collars and buttons of dress shirts for job interviews and special events. These features frame your face and are generally made of cotton, a fabric that is notoriously unforgiving when it comes to wrinkles. Remove cotton shirts from the dryer while they’re still moist and set your iron to high. Begin with the collar and iron both the inside and outside. Add steam to make the collar extra crisp. If any wrinkles form, push them toward the base of the collar. Iron sleeves by unbuttoning the cuff and following the seam on the shirt. Remove any arm creases by steaming the shirt. Iron and steam other items of clothing with the same amount of care. The one piece you can be more casual with? Anything made of linen—this summer fabric was made to be worn with minimal effort. Here’s how to properly care for all your summer clothing.
Diligently sort your laundry by color: Whites must be washed in their own load. Any other way and you’ll wind up with dingy grey whites. Additionally, if your towels and sheets are white, wash them separate from your everyday wear. Towels are more likely to give off lint, which could stick to items made of corduroy, permanent press clothing, and velvet. Plus, it just feels better to have an entire load devoted to linens. Try one of these handy tricks to eliminate underarm sweat marks—the bane of a white shirt’s existence. And avoid making these surprising laundry mistakes.