8 Best Fabrics That Don’t Need to be Ironed

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These fabrics that don’t need to be ironed are perfect if you’re traveling or trying to save time. One of my goals is to dress up a bit more even on days that I don’t really go anywhere. Since I work at home, it’s far too easy to just grab a pair of jeans and a t-shirt every day. Unless I have a Skype call, most days no one sees what I’m wearing except for family and the mailman. I’ve realized that this too casual style can have a negative impact on how I view myself. This post contains affiliate links, and I will receive compensation if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

8 Best Fabrics That Don't Need to be Ironed

8 Best Fabrics That Don’t Need to be Ironed

As much as I want to dress up a bit more, I need it to be as easy as tossing on jeans and a t-shirt. I really hate ironing, and I don’t have time in my day to iron my clothes. Thankfully there are fabrics that don’t need to be ironed. If you’re planning to travel this summer, check out the best clothes for cruise travel.

Always follow the manufacturers’ instructions on your care label to prevent damaging your clothing. One way to save time with your laundry routine is to remove clothing from the dryer immediately and hang it up. They’ll wrinkle much less than if you let them sit in the dryer for a few hour or toss them in a basket in the corner until you want to wear them.

If  you’d rather not iron, this fabric steamer is a great alternative and very affordable.


Heavier denim items should not need to be ironed when removed promptly from the dryer. Blends may need the occasional touch-up but most wrinkles will disappear soon after wearing them.


Polyester clothing should never require ironing. If you are unable to find something that’s 100% polyester, look for a polyester blend that is at least 65% polyester to avoid wrinkles.

8 Best Fabrics That Don't Need to be Ironed


Wool is a very easy fabric to work with. It generally returns to its original shape after washing. Never put wool items in the dryer. Instead lay them flat to dry and smooth carefully. You should never need to iron wool or a wool blend when cared for properly.

Permanent press

While not a fabric, permanent press clothing is a blend of polyester and cotton that is marketed to not need ironing. Simply remove it immediately from the dryer.


Cashmere is a fiber that comes from cashmere goats. It has a reputation for never needing to be ironed. If your cashmere sweater should get wrinkles, you can try gently steaming it in the shower or with a fabric steamer.

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Lyocell is a type of rayon that you probably hear referred to as Tencel. It’s machine washable and very resistant to wrinkles.


There are a variety of different types of knits including cotton knit, wool knit and synthetic knit fibers. Knit actually refers to the way a fabric is made through a process of interlocking loops of thread.


While you probably won’t want to wear an outfit entirely of Spandex, you can find it used in a variety of blends which makes them less likely to need ironing.

So, which of these fabrics that don’t need to be ironed will you buy adding to your closet?

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  1. This time of year I pull out all of my knits- I love how easy they are to wear and maintain. I didn’t recognize some of these fabrics, but I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for them now!

  2. I would not advise anyone to iron a fabric that contains a synthetic substance such as polyester because it builds up an unsightly brown film on the surface of your iron. I’ve personally made approximately 15,000 (yes, fifteen thousand) shirts since starting my shirt business in 1997 for our local tourist market, so I know what ironing can do! I only iron natural fabrics – cotton, linen and silk, which are much more iron-friendly. I use a simple spray bottle to moisten the fabric with water when ironing stubborn creases; I never use the iron’s steam feature, which is ineffective, in my experience.

  3. My mother would flip when she saw how casual I can get. Fabrics that rarely wrinkle are the best, which effective steamers second.