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Testing a life hack: Can a hot saucepan iron your clothes?

Posted at 9:00 AM, Aug 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-14 12:00:37-04

It's time to see if this is a good hack or if it's whack!

I found a life hack from 5-Minute Crafts on YouTube that suggests if your iron stops working, you can use a cooking pot, or saucepan, instead to get the wrinkles out of your clothes. I'll let you know if it's Bull or No Bull!

Click here to see the 5-Minute Crafts video, and scroll to around 4:12.

Before we started our test, we made sure the bottom of our pot was clean, so we wouldn't get our shirt dirty or leave a stain.

I used two different pots two different ways, adding about a cup of water to each. I brought them both to a boil.

I grabbed an oven mitt and then poured the water out of the first pot. I made sure the bottom of the pot was dry, and then, I immediately brought it over to the shirt on the ironing board.

We tried this several times, pushing the pot back and forth across one section, but we really didn't see much progress.

So, we grab the second pot still full of water and with the lid on tight to see if it would make a difference.

We tried multiple times on the front and the back of the shirt, but we still didn't get the results we were looking for. Instead, the shirt was still a wrinkly mess!

At first, I was hopeful, especially in one section. When the shirt was on the ironing board, it looked smooth, as if the hot pots were getting rid of those wrinkles. But, after I lifted it up, I saw that it still looked like a crumpled-up piece of paper, and we didn't make a dent.

So, where does this hack rank on our Bull or No Bull Meter? I'm going with... BULL!

These pot-pular household items could not fix our iron deficiency. Plus, it could be dangerous if you spill any of that hot, scorching water.

After our story aired, I received an email from a viewer suggesting to warm the iron up on the stove directly, and then use the iron on the shirt. We have not attempted this yet. Have you? Let me know what other hacks you've tried!

Also, email me what products you want me to try before you buy!