How many of you hate ironing? Maybe, I should start with how many of you send your clothes to the dry cleaner? Well, I hate ironing too but figured out a way to iron to make it easier and cheaper.
“Oh, come on Anna.” Ironing is drudgery. Yes, I agree. I eased into my “EZ-iron” method myself. First, I made my own spray starch since I hate spending a half an hour on a shirt to find out that it wrinkled again while I was ironing. Plus, it seemed like I was drinking the spray starch I bought at the store. Basically, I was just throwing money out the window. (This could explain why I banged into the walls at night.)
Well, the homemade spray starch worked like a charm. But I have to confess that ironing was still hard and difficulty not enjoyable.
The Ez-Iron Method!
Not too often but someone the lady upstairs throws me a Tempeh bone and an idea shows up in my head. Why not iron the shirts right out of the washing machine? Check out my video below. (Oh, come one. You know I was going to shoot a video, right? I am dangerous with my new Droid.)
I remember when I was little the ironing lady sprinkled water on the sheets to iron them. Back then there wasn’t Teflon all over our clothes to prevent wrinkles. I gather my mom hated ironing too.
The first time I damp ironed, I couldn’t believe how easy it was. Seriously. If you screwed up, it is so easy to just iron right over the wrinkle. Say good-bye to the wrinkle.
Note, I have a high efficiency washer so the shirt come out a little damp. Not wet.
The beauty of the method is 90% of the shirt is already dry when you are done ironing. The only parts which are not dry are the collars and the cuffs due to the thickness of the fabric. I simply put the shirt on a hanger and let it finish drying.
And whala. I have a perfectly ironed shirt. (Well, almost. I still don’t like ironing sleeves. Nobody looks underneath the sleeve. Just nod your head in agreement and let me live my fantasy.)
Time is not On Your Side
I know. I was getting there. I wait to iron when I can carve out time to iron them damp. Usually I end up washing the shirts twice because the cavemen create the “ultimate” ring around the collar. Who knew teen /young adult boys could sweat so much? I never seem to remove that darn ring around the collar in one wash. (Got any easy, green suggestions?)
I turn the TV on and watch HGTV or some other show. And iron away.
Now truth be told. I still don’t love ironing but it has gotten a whole lot easier. Plus, I saving money by not taking the shirts to the dry cleaners. Realize maybe in a given period I might have 4-8 shirts to iron, but this isn’t every week.
Join the Conversation:
- Do you have any suggestions on how to make ironing easier?
- Do you iron or take your clothes to the dry cleaner? Hate ironing? No time?
- What is your hardest item to iron? Mine is wool pants.
- Any suggestion on how to deal with the ring around the collar?