Steam is pretty amazing. It can wake you up in the shower, it can flash boil, melt, push, spin, cook, mix, and generally move most anything through a plant or factory on its journey through production. It can poach an egg or move a full sized locomotive. Under pressure, it can cook 5lbs of chicken gizzards and break down all of the nasty cartilage in less than 20 minutes (what can I say, my grandmother taught me the virtues of gizzards and pressure cookers).
Perhaps the most magical power that steam has is its ability to de-wrinkle fabric. Under the right conditions it can take the smoke smell out of fabric too, and generally freshen up stale or over-worn clothing. Whenever I check into a new hotel, the first thing I always do is unroll my clothes bundle and inspect for wrinkles. Some small ones always seem to find their way in there.
Anyway, I take all of the clothes and hang them on the shower rod in the bathroom in the hotel. Then I direct the shower head away from them, close the curtain, and turn on the water as hot as it will go. (You hippies who are terribly concerned about being “green” should probably stop reading at this point. Tie-die shirts look better when they’re wrinkled anyway.) Once the water gets good and hot and the steam starts to rise, I close the door and unpack the rest of my stuff.
It doesn’t take too long to steam out the wrinkles, really. I usually boot up the computer, straighten up the room, set my alarm clock, and get acquainted with the local TV channels before I even think of opening the door. Fifteen to 20 minutes should do it. When you’re ready, just sneak back into the bathroom quickly, turn off the water, and leave your clothes in there for an hour or two until the bathroom calms down and the condensed water stops running off the mirror. Your clothes will look and smell brand new, I promise! They’ll even be sanitized to an extent!
Ironing is another option, of course, and irons even use steam… it’s just that I’d rather be having dinner than standing awkwardly at an ironing board. Your mileage may vary! It’s not the “greenest” solution in the world, but it sure is the easiest!