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I don't want to iron anymore

Post by Jenbt85 » Thu Dec 31, 2015 8:11 pm

I have friends that never iron and it doesn't show. Do any of you lovely ladies not iron? How does that work? Is it all about the materials you buy? Do you have to do anything when the clothes are wet? I hate ironing with a passion.
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Re: I don't want to iron anymore

Post by Mummy woo! » Thu Dec 31, 2015 8:26 pm

I iron only very rarely for our clothes, but perhaps amusingly I iron for 'fun' all the time - my favourite hobby is sewing and that involves lots of ironing.

I hang shirts etc on coat hangers to dry after a good shake - that eliminates most of the wrinkles. And I don't buy many clothes that would 'need' ironing - no linen shirts around here :)
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Re: I don't want to iron anymore

Post by breastfeedingisnormal » Thu Dec 31, 2015 8:28 pm

I don't iron. I do pay someone to iron things that must be ironed (business/school shirts, cotton sheets that DH insists on shoving into the bottoms of laundry baskets, ditto jeans and tea towels). But before I threw in the town and started outsourcing, I found that ironing could be minimised by:
* using the 'shirts' cycle (less spin) on my front loader and hanging shirts and t-shirts on hangers (on the line) straight out of the machine
* hanging flat sheets flat (folded exactly in half over the line and pegged down the sides)
* using fabric softener for everything except towels (fabric softener will stop them from absorbing water)
* sorting and folding straight from the line - this requires having one basket for each family member
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Re: I don't want to iron anymore

Post by Esther » Thu Dec 31, 2015 10:09 pm

Used to iron everything - not sheets or undies!! Iron nothing now unless it really, really needs it. So about once a year?
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Post by Gwen's Mum » Thu Dec 31, 2015 10:58 pm

I have one top that I iron because it's some linen blend thing. Otherwise, I iron my wraps, and that's it. About two years after we moved house I got my iron and ironing board out, and DD said "Mum, what's that?" :lol:

Granted, I haven't been in an office job wearing clothes that require ironing to look okay, but I also have embraced clothing that is low maintenance - as well as embracing caring very little about a creaseless existence. :wink:
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Re: I don't want to iron anymore

Post by chiggins » Thu Dec 31, 2015 11:06 pm

I have to admit, I don't iron very often... I do iron things that obviously need it but with other garments, I just fold as I remove from the line. I never leave clothes in the machine either...as soon as it beeps, it's hung out straight away.
I have a dear friend in my patchwork & quilting club who irons everything. And I mean everything! Even dusting rags :shock: crazy!
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Re: I don't want to iron anymore

Post by ~WildChild~ » Fri Jan 01, 2016 7:26 am

I iron DHs work stuff & a couple of his casual shirts, & that's it. About 15 mins once a week!
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Re: I don't want to iron anymore

Post by breastfeedingisnormal » Fri Jan 01, 2016 7:41 am

~WildChild~ wrote:I iron DHs work stuff & a couple of his casual shirts
How did he lose his hands?
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Re: I don't want to iron anymore

Post by Yankee » Fri Jan 01, 2016 9:23 am

DH hated ironing so he now pays to has his shirts washed and ironed. I try to avoid it but many of my favourite work blouses and dresses need ironing. They sit on the clothes wrack sometimes for a week or two before I can be bothered to iron them!
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Re: I don't want to iron anymore

Post by Mummy woo! » Fri Jan 01, 2016 9:52 am

breastfeedingisnormal wrote:
~WildChild~ wrote:I iron DHs work stuff & a couple of his casual shirts
How did he lose his hands?
Bahahahaha!

Watching DH iron was my greatest challenge in biting my tongue! He has since 'let' me show him how to do it and does fine. (I worked in a drycleaner my first job - I can iron a shirt in about 90 seconds if I set my mind to it :))
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Re: I don't want to iron anymore

Post by mummymanda » Fri Jan 01, 2016 12:50 pm

Last time I ironed was around the 4th Jan 2008 on DD2s due date. Was part of my nesting phase. Was the hottest day that year from memory around 43deg.

How do I get away with it? By telling myself if people have a problem with crinkled clothing its their problem not mine and in the scheme of things it doesnt matter.

If we are going somewhere extra special I will give to my mum to do on her wizz bang iron.
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Re: I don't want to iron anymore

Post by Penguin » Fri Jan 01, 2016 3:25 pm

I iron very little. 10 min in the dryer seems to help most things, and I choose fabrics which will do that mostly. Thank goodness DD's school uniform is just shorts and polo shirt for next year
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Re: I don't want to iron anymore

Post by MamaMagoO? » Fri Jan 01, 2016 5:11 pm

I gave up ironing years ago. I just don't buy clothes that need it. I hang dresses, blouses etc that might otherwise need ironing very carefully when wet and they seem to dry pretty wrinkle-free.
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Re: I don't want to iron anymore

Post by Jenbt85 » Fri Jan 01, 2016 8:39 pm

breastfeedingisnormal wrote:
~WildChild~ wrote:I iron DHs work stuff & a couple of his casual shirts
How did he lose his hands?
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Re: I don't want to iron anymore

Post by Jenbt85 » Fri Jan 01, 2016 8:44 pm

Thanks :) I'll get better about how I hang things and consider what materials I purchase going forward. At most, I'm going to be working as a casual this year so my suits etc won't be in rotation. I'm fed up of having a laundry basket full of ironing that I can't be bothered doing staring at me.
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