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How to Fold Clothes

Don’t you just love it when you open your washing machine after a cycle and pull out fresh clothing that feels as lovely as when you first bought it? But also, don’t you just hate it when you come to wear said clothing, only to find it has transformed from something clean and crisp into a big crumpled mess? If this often happens to you too, it’s probably because you’re not folding your clothes correctly when they come out of the washing machine!

Folding clothes is actually remarkably easy once you know how. Not only can you keep your clothes looking good while they’re stored inside your wardrobe, you might even find that you can get away without ironing some garments entirely. If that’s not a reason to learn how to fold a shirt correctly, then what is?

Methods for Folding Clothes

There’s really no one way to fold clothes, it’s about finding a technique that you don’t struggle with, that saves you time, and keeps everything neat and tidy. Here are some methods you can try out at home:

How to Fold a Shirt Manually

  • Place your shirt front-side down on a flat surface. If your shirt has buttons, ensure they are all done up first.
  • Smooth out any wrinkles by hand.
  • Imagine there are two lines drawn vertically down the back of your shirt, splitting the shirt into three sections.
  • Fold one side of the shirt in towards the middle, with the fold being made on the invisible line. Repeat on the opposite side.  
  • Fold the sleeves back on themselves on both sides, so that they line up with the edges of the fold.
  • Now imagine there is a horizontal line, splitting the shirt in half. Fold the top of the shirt down over this line, and flip the shirt over for a neatly folded garment.

Folding Trousers Manually

  • Lay your trousers down on a flat surface, with any fastenings done up.
  • Smooth out any wrinkles by hand, before folding one leg over the other, so only one leg is visible.  
  • Imagine a line splitting the leg lengthways about halfway down, around where the knee would be.
  • Fold the top half of the trousers down over this line, before folding them in half again lengthways to create a rough square shape. You’ll be left with neatly folded trousers that shouldn’t crease in your drawers.

Using a Shirt Folder

A clothes folder is the ideal thing if you don’t have the time to fold clothes manually, or simply don’t want to (let’s face it – it’s not the most thrilling of chores, is it?). The handy little device comes with hinged sections that make it easy to see where you should be folding, and you get perfectly neat clothes every time. They’re inexpensive to buy, and can really save you a lot of time.

Use the Right Washing Machine Setting

Did you know that using the right setting on your washing machine can actually help keep your clothes neat and wrinkle-free? Ideally, you want to use a warm or hot wash with Surf excel Matic for garments that are particularly prone to wrinkles, as this helps relax and soften the creases – and a slow spin cycle helps prevent new creases forming in the material.

Of course, it’s wise to use your common sense, here. If you run your delicates through on a hot wash, you’ll have more than just a few creases to deal with (have you ever tried to squeeze into a shrunken woolen sweater after it’s been through a hot wash? It’s painful!); but for cottons and synthetics, hot cycles are a great way to make your job easier.

Say No to Creases!

Why spend hours standing over a hot iron when you could simply have your washing machine do most of the hard work for you, leaving just a few quick folds for you to do once the clothes are dry? There’s no harm in cheating a little!

It’s so quick to learn easy folding techniques. Go and grab one of your shirts now, and give it a go! Which methods do you use when folding clothes?