Leilani Smith
Leilani Smith
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Smooth, Crisp Cloth Napkins (no Iron Needed!)


As much as I love using cloth napkins, they can be prone to stubborn wrinkles! I don't know about you, but I despise ironing, especially when what I am ironing refuses to get smooth. Like this napkin, for example:
smooth crisp cloth napkins no iron needed, cleaning tips
Retrieving napkins straight from the dryer also wasn't working for me because the edges still curled up!
But then I discovered this easy trick to crisp napkins with smooth edges--NO IRONING NEEDED!
smooth crisp cloth napkins no iron needed, cleaning tips
Step 1: Wash napkins. Or, if you are trying this trick with clean napkins, run them under some water until they are wet. Wring out all excess water.
smooth crisp cloth napkins no iron needed, cleaning tips
Step 2: Toss the napkins in the dryer for 5 minutes. This will loosen the fabric fibers up.
smooth crisp cloth napkins no iron needed, cleaning tips
Step 3: Smooth out your napkin and either fold in half or in a triangle or don't fold at all, however you prefer.
smooth crisp cloth napkins no iron needed, cleaning tips
Step 4: Hang napkins over a hanger and air dry completely. I stacked mine all on one hanger but you could multiple.
smooth crisp cloth napkins no iron needed, cleaning tips
Step 5: Once napkins are all dry, remove and fold once more in the design you prefer. Store in a drawer or shelf where the napkins can lie smooth. And you're done!
smooth crisp cloth napkins no iron needed, cleaning tips
For more tips on throwing a stress-free dinner party, see my blog post link below!
smooth crisp cloth napkins no iron needed, cleaning tips
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  • Arlene S. King
    on Oct 28, 2015

    I think I'd add a bit of Fabric Softener to the water.

  • Lisa ruppert
    on Jan 26, 2017

    I do the same with my jeans.Cause if I dry them to long they shrink.So I dry them just enough to get the wrinkles out.

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