Ironing seems to be a thing of the past. In fact, our CPA saw my receipt for my fabulous iron last year and said, “Do people even do that anymore?” Well, I do. But I realize I might be in the minority.
Not too long ago mothers ironed every piece of clothing in the house: dresses, shirts, pants, even sheets and pillowcases. I must admit I’m thankful that ironing a house full of laundry is not on my to-do list.
With the advent of chemical additives to make fabrics ‘wrinkle-free’, there is a decreased need for pressing clothes. Not to mention the synthetic fabrics which also make ironing obsolete. In addition, people just do not have the time or the know-how to iron it seems. It’s not considered a necessary skill in today’s world.
So if you don’t want to iron your clothes, how do you avoid it? A few simple ideas to save your from slaving over a hot iron:
- Fold clothes directly out of the dryer.
We’ve all left a clean load of clothes lying on the couch or in the hamper for a day or two. And when you come back, they are ridiculously wrinkled. While that might not matter if pajamas are wrinkled, it is important that your jeans are not. If you know you can’t get to them as soon as the dryer turns off, make sure the ‘tumble’ button is set so they can cycle through a few times until you can take them out.
- Use the steam-feature on the dryer.
Some dryers incorporate steam to knock the wrinkles out of a load of clothes. If you have left a load in for a day or so and the clothes are wrinkled, this feature miraculously makes them look freshly washed and dried. I use this feature often and I readily admit it is one of my favorite features on my washer and dryer. It is a must-have for this busy mama of four.
- Use a wrinkle-releaser product.
There are a few wrinkle-releaser products on the market. The product works by lightly misting the clothes, which relaxes the fibers. Tug and smooth a little with your hands and you’re left with a fairly wrinkle-free garment.
- Hang your clothes and skip the folding.
Unless you are a fairly neat person and a have a system in place, clothes get shuffled around in a drawer or a shelf. And when your drawers get messy, clothes lose their folded shape. This results in wrinkles. If you have the closet space, skip the folding altogether in order to avoid the wrinkles.
- Don’t overload your washing machine.
Overloading your washing machine is a sure way to get wrinkly clothes, even if you fold them straight out of the dryer. When you load the machine over its capacity, there is not enough room for the clothes to move around. When you soak clothes that are jam-packed against one another and then send them through a spin cycle, your result will be wrinkly clothes every time.
So are you an ironer, or one who avoids it at all costs? Tell us your tricks for keeping the iron in the closet.