How to Steam a Shirt with Your Stove

When you need to be dressed to impress and you do not have an iron, how are you supposed to remove the wrinkles from the only dress shirt you were able to find? Some people are lucky enough to have steamers or hand steamers that can de-wrinkle their clothes. Even a hair straightener can work in a pinch. But what if you don’t have any of those items? Chances are, though, that you have a stove and pots. Get ready to use your stove to “iron” your shirt!


If you have a tea kettle, you can make your own stationary or hand steamer for your shirt. Simply put water in the kettle and wait until it is boiling. While waiting, place your shirt on a hanger. When the kettle whistles, you can hold it in your hand while the steam pours from the spout, moving it up and down the shirt to allow the steam to release the wrinkles. This is the more effective way to kettle-steam your shirt.

Alternatively, if you do not want to hold the kettle, you can hang your shirt securely on the cabinet above your stove and set the kettle underneath it, allowing the steam to be released and flow up to the shirt. 

See how to manage without an iron here:


Another way to use your stove to de-wrinkle your shirt is to use a pot of hot water to “press” your shirt like an iron. To do this, put a pot on your stove that is filled about ⅓ to ½ of the way with water. Allow the water to come to a rolling boil. While waiting for the water to boil, place your shirt neatly on a sturdy, flat surface. 

Once the water is boiling, put a secure lid on the pot and turn off your stove burner. Carefully bring the pot to your flattened shirt. Place the pot on top of your shirt and slowly run it up and down, smoothing the shirt as you go. This will essentially “press” your shirt.

Who Needs an Iron, Anyway?

Irons are not a necessary household item anymore because most clothes today are made to be wrinkle resistant, and there are several types of fabric softeners and wrinkle releasers that can be used during the washing and drying process. So, it isn’t a rare thing to be caught without an iron. At least now you are prepared for any future wrinkle emergencies!


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