Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Ironing Tips!


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TIPS REQUESTED!!

a reader asked us for ironing tips, and so we are asking all of you other readers to help her out! there is an excellent posting here with lots of great suggestions! here are a few of mine, that work for me: i iron 1 day a week while i watch tv! i also suggest investing in a great iron as i have noticed over the years it makes a HUGE difference. i love ROWENTA and purchased my first one used at a garage sale, & just recently had to replace it. use plenty of water to have lots of steam (when you need that) and i LOVE using DOWNY wrinkle releaser. makes all my clothes perfectly smooth, & they smell yummy! that's my tip, what are yours?

8 comments:

Briste said...

My Tip would be Don't Do It! Here is what I do and I do not iron at all. Please let me know if you have seen me wear something that I should iron though. Ok so this may sound crazy, but I hang dry absolutley everything including our G's I wash except for my towels and sheets. Then I hang everything on a hanger. I have 4 long clothes lines in our basement and put the clothes in the dryer for about 1 - 2 minutes to get the wrinkles out and then shake them to get the wrinkles out again and then just put them nicely over the clothes line. Dave even says it works and he knows I freak out if it is longer than 1 - 2 minutes in the dryer. This does a couple of things. 1. Saves energy & $ 2. Saves your clothes from getting old they last a lot longer if you hang dry them 3. Saves you from having to iron. You do need to make sure you have a dry basement or area do do this in. We have a dehumidifer running all the time in our basement.

Briste said...

Ok a couple of things I forgot. This also prevents your clothes from shrinking. That is why I get excited if they are in the dryer for more than a couple of minutes. This also could be seen as a bad thing because I do not have an excuse to go and buy anything because I have not ruined it in the laundry. So lets just say I have been wearing the same clothes for quite some time and I need a reason to go buy some new clothes.

Lizzy @ The Tip Spot said...

I second the good iron and tv tips! Also, reading the labels on your clothes so you know what iron setting is best is actually helpful.

aftie and ella's mamma said...

amen to no ironing. i hang a lot of my things, like the little girl cotton dresses and just touch them up if they need it. otherwise, i just let a big pile of ironing collect in a basket and my lovely husband irons something if he needs it. also, when my mom comes for a visit, she feels extremely happy to get my ironing done. i have learned to just let her do it! then we're both happy.

Amy said...

My mom gave me a steamer for Christmas last year. I told her "Mom, I don't iron..." but she insisted I fill it with water and hang it (permanently) over my bedroom closet door. The next Sunday morning I remembered, "Oh yeah, I DO iron. Almost every Sunday morning." (There's always at least ONE article of clothing one of the six people in our household needs ironed for church!) But the steamer is fantastic -- I'm done within minutes and I didn't even have to pull out an ironing board. Sweet.

kristenita said...

yeah - I'm with briste. no ironing here unless it's 100% necessary. hang drying or flat-drying is the best.

but when I DO have to iron:
I use a squirt bottle (like 99¢ at walmart) & squirt away while I iron. and the steam feature on the iron is nice... but sometimes it's a pain to fill & drain. I just leave my squirt bottle next to the iron & there it is - ready!

and I like nice, crispy starched - I buy the heavy starch with lemon scent. one can lasts a million years at my house!

kelly said...

I had my husband intall an in wall ironing board. I hate to iron and rarely do it. I mostly need it to do my linens (tablecloths, etc). By having this in the wall all I have to do is open the door, pull down the board, and plug in the iron, and when I'm done I just put it all up, no waiting for the iron to cool. Pulling the gear out is half the battle for me.

My other tip is to make sure no kids are anywhere near it! Do it at nap time, school, bed whatever. Too many kids can easily get into accidents and get burned and scarred.

The Favorite said...

Downy Wrinkle release huh, I'm excited to try that! Thank you to EVERYONE for giving me tips for ironing!