Monday, October 22, 2012

Avoid ironing ... it works for me!

Welcome to Day 22 of the 31 Days series It Works for Me!

My mom was a stay-at-home home mom.  The kind who cooked and cleaned and sewed and made candy and had dinner-including-a-dessert on the table at 6:00 sharp.  
She also had an ironing day.  


I have nothing against it.  I love a crisply ironed shirt.  
It's not that I mind ironing ... it just feels like I don't have the time.

So I avoid it.  There are occasions when I'll break out the iron, naturally, but on a weekly basis, 
the need for ironing is mostly non-existent.  

My secret isn't dry-cleaning - although that would be nice.  

Here's what I do:

1)  If you can buy wrinkle-free, that's always a good idea ... although this trick works on other types of fabric though maybe not quite so well.  

2)  Wash your clothes, and when the cycle is complete, move them into the drier right away.  
Do not let them sit in the washer wet, because that sets in the wrinkles.

3)  Just before the dryer cycle is complete, but while it's still blowing hot air, begin to take your clothes out one at a time.  Put an item on a hanger, and spray it liberally with spray starch.  

Smooth out the wrinkles and pull the fabric straight with your hand.  
Where the wrinkles are deeper, spray on more starch. 
It's important to take the clothes out of the dryer hot ... 
if they've cooled down, the results aren't as good.

4)  Hang the clothes to finish drying.  

That's it ... the wrinkle free fabric may have more to do with it all than my little trick, 
but before, I always felt the clothes needed at least a light iron. 

Am I the last person on the planet to figure this one out?
Why didn't anyone tell me?!
With this method there's no ironing day ... it works for me!

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  1. I only iron in emergency situations! Otherwise, forget it. I hang most stuff up straight out of the washer and call it good! ;)

    1. I'm the same way ... I think my iron actually says "use only in case of emergency" ... :o)