Top 10 tips for ironing clothes

Faster and more effective

In this blog post, "Top Ten Tips for Ironing Clothes", our writer, Ann Sheehan, provides a variety of easy tips to make ironing laundry faster and more effective. How many of these did you know about? Let us know in the Comments section below.

Page last modified on 2017-10-06

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  1. The right equipment. As with any other task, having the right equipment will make ironing a lot less burdensome.
    • Iron - irons come in a large variety of types, capabilities and price ranges. Do a little research to see what kind of iron will realistically fit your needs. Take good care of it and your iron will last for many years.
    • Ironing board - there are a lot options for ironing boards on the market, from free-standing to over-the-door to built-in, etc. Use a pretty cover and make your ironingboard an art piece.
    • Spray bottle - have a bottle full of water or a can of starch handy to make the ironing simpler. You can even make homemade liquid starch to save money.
  2. Distilled water. Only put distilled water in the iron and the spray bottle. The minerals and chemicals found in tap water can stain your clothing and will eventually ruin your iron.
  3. Aluminum Foil. Place aluminum foil underneath the ironing board cover. This will make the chore go twice as fast, as you will be ironing both sides of your garment at once.
  4. Designated area. Have an assigned place for all of your ironing equipment. Knowing you are not going to have to spend twenty minutes combing the house before you even get started will make the chore far less intimidating.
  5. Read the label. Know what setting the iron should be on before pressing any garment. Putting the iron on high will not necessarily make the chore go faster - it might even melt that favorite blouse!
  6. Separate fabric types. Iron delicate fabrics that need a low setting first, then work your way up to a higher setting. It is faster to use the iron as it is warming up rather than waiting on it to cool down.
  7. Keep it damp. Clothes are much easier to iron when they are slightly damp. You can either start ironing before the item is completely dry, use a water bottle as you go, or have an iron with a steam function on it.
  8. Hang it up. Properly hang the garment as soon as you are done ironing it. Throwing it into a neat pile to hang later will counteract all of your hard work.
  9. Devil's in the details. Iron the more difficult detailed parts of the garment such as the collar, pleats, and cuffs first. It is faster if you save the easier straightaway sections for last.
  10. Share the chore. Teach other members of your family how to iron, and share the experience!
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