Ironing tips that will help you work smarter, not harder
Whether you love or hate ironing, the key is to work smarter, not harder.
So here are 15 ironing tips that will make the ironing task faster and easier, or help you avoid the dreaded chore altogether.
Watching clothes go from pleated to perfectly pressed is a satisfying sight to watch, but to really go the distance while ironing you’ll need something to break up the monotony. Watch TV or broadcast a new series on Frenzy or Netflix is â€‹â€‹a great way to pass the time while you iron.
2. Choose your battles
Everyone knows at least one person who insists on ironing absolutely everything in sight, right down to pajamas, whole sets of bed linen and even underwear. If you like ironing, go for it! But if you’re actively trying to cut down on the amount of ironing you steam each week, be ruthless about the items you iron and fold and just put the rest away.
Iron only the clothes you absolutely need and put the rest away.
3. Invest in a good quality iron
Want to iron faster? The easiest way to do this is to invest in a good quality iron. The more steam the machine produces, the faster you can switch off the ironing stack.
When selecting an iron, look for features like a non-stick soleplate, quick heat up, and a continuous steam function. Don’t be fooled into thinking that you have to spend a fortune on a good iron (some high-end models can cost over $ 400). the Philips EasySpeed â€‹â€‹Plus steam iron, for example, is a great option that costs around $ 49.95 full price.
4. Let the garment cool before wearing it.
If you’ve ever worn a shirt immediately after ironing it and wondering why it always looks wrinkled, you’re doing it wrong. Allowing the shirt to cool before wearing it will help prevent new wrinkles from forming.
5. Sort items by fabric
Think about it: every time you adjust your iron’s temperature gauge, you have to wait. While it may seem like a matter of seconds, it all adds up. Sort clothes by fabric and start with the most delicate items. The iron will already be hot and ready by the time you hit stubborn fabrics like cotton and linen.
6. Iron inside out
Avoid burning delicate logos on clothes by ironing them inside out! Better yet, wash and dry clothes inside out too. This is a simple trick that will prevent clothes from fading when drying on the line in the sun.
7. Use a teaspoon to protect the pimples
Tired of broken or fallen shirt buttons? Part of the problem may come down to faulty stitching, faulty buttons, or wear and tear from washing, drying and ironing. It goes without saying, but you should never iron buttons. Simply cover the pimples with a teaspoon and iron around them.
8. Use aluminum foil to cut your ironing time in half.
To really speed things up, place a layer of Aluminium foil under your ironing board cover (shiny side up). The foil will retain the heat of the iron and help you smooth out creases on both sides of the garment.
So far, you might have noticed that these hacks were aimed at making the ironing task easier and faster. But what if you just don’t want to iron, period? Congratulations, you have reached the professional level of ironing hacks: skip the task altogether.
9. Select a wash setting designed to prevent wrinkling
Some washing machines have a cycle dedicated entirely to preventing wrinkles. In one LG machine, for example, when you select the â€œCrease Careâ€ option, the drum will continue to rotate slowly after the wash cycle is complete. This prevents the clothes from settling and wrinkling.
10. Add fabric softener to the mixture
Fabric softener has more uses than making clothes soft and smelling. It also helps reduce the amount of wrinkles that get embedded in clothes during the wash cycle.
11. Hang up the clothes as soon as possible
To prevent your clothes from wrinkling, hang the clothes as soon as the drying cycle is finished. As for line drying, a mom shared it time saving laundry hack involving hangers and a portable clothes rail.
Simply place damp laundry on hangers straight out of the washing machine, hang them on the portable clothes rail, and roll the hanger outside in the sun. Once dried, clothes can be put away immediately – all without ironing!
12. Let the dryer do the work.
Put dry, wrinkled clothes and an ice cube in the dryer and let the machine run on the hottest cycle for a few minutes. Once the cycle is complete, your clothes will be fresh and wrinkle-free!
The downside to this trick is that it only works with a few clothes. Perfect for a night out but not so much for a heap of ironing that seems to grow day by day. If you don’t have an ice cube, try using a wet face wash instead.
13. Use an anti-wrinkle spray
Anti-wrinkle sprays are a great option if you have more time to spare. Simply spray a product like The laundress’ fold release on the garment and hang it to dry. Once dry, the number of folds visible in the garment should be visibly reduced.
14. Get a steam cabinet
The steam cabinet trend hasn’t caught on in Australia yet, but in places like South Korea they’re all the rage – and for good reason. Imagine having a section in your closet that does the ironing for you. Samsung AirDresser Garment Care System, for example, has a wrinkle care cycle that gently disinfects, refreshes, and dries clothes while it’s working. At $ 2,999, it’s a device that doesn’t come cheap. But if you find that you are spending a fortune on dry cleaning every month, it could be a worthwhile investment.
15. Wear wrinkles with pride
Finally, do people even care about wrinkled clothes more? Wrinkled clothes, linen, for example, are so popular right now. In fact, it would probably be weird to see someone in linen who is not wrinkled! You could even say that linen fashion has normalized wrinkled clothes. So go on, wear those wrinkles with pride, and let yourself go by all the free time you have now that you’ve given the movie replay.