Ironing is becoming passé, a lost art, but this "mindless" task can smooth more than wrinkles. In the Buddhist manner, when you iron - iron. Because it takes little concentrated attention, ironing can be meditative. Here are a few ironing tricks, I've learned through the years.
Most hotels furnish irons to their clientele, but if you find yourself in need of an iron when there is no iron, here's a quick trick. Turn the shower on hot and run it at full throttle. Hang your wrinkled clothing on the shower rod, keeping clear of the running water.
Hot water produces steam that will relax wrinkles almost as efficiently as a Chinese laundry!
Wrinkled corduroy jeans and jackets are the worst! If you turn them inside out and attempt to iron, additional creases and crinkles appear from some mystical place. Here's a no-fail ironing trick to make rumpled corduroy like new.
Position your iron a couple of inches above the garment and steam it. Let it cool a few minutes, but while it is still damp and warm, gently smooth out the crumples with the palm of your hand.
Resist the urge to dry your entire closet in one load. Think smaller loads (dryer about ½ full). This gives your good clothing an opportunity to rumble and tumble about freely to stop wrinkles before they start. Occasionally you may need to tweak collars and cuffs with a quick swish of your iron.
When clothing is dried too long, especially on high-heat, they'll present with more wrinkles than visible material. There is an awesome quick-fix for this screw-up!
Dampen a couple of towels and dry the load a few minutes on the Perma-press or gentle cycle. Voila! Your clothing is seriously smooth again.
In the "old" days when we ironed everything, we'd mist them with a water bottle and store in refrigerator overnight for total ease in ironing. (Just don't procrastinate for 3-4 days or they'll stink!)
Iron dark colored satin, silk, wool and crepe inside-out to prevent "shine".
During the process, keep sliding the garment away from you, to avoid wrinkling areas you've already ironed.
If you are (still) a believer in the Art of Ironing, raise your hand!
Great tips here. H5 list.
Great ironing tips. I even ironed my hair in the 70's. lol~
I remember these. Especially #5. My mother had my sister and I do this on Friday so we knew what would happen on Saturday at the ironing board. Thank you for the help here.
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