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Did you know…Ironing

Ironing has always been one of those things that gets left to the last minute.  Lets face it, who wants to do ironing when we could be doing something far more interesting.  I can name about 12 things I would prefer to do?  From trial and error I found a way to make it quick and effective.

It takes about 5 minutes per shirt, below is the technique I use, I’m sure there might be a better but for those who aren’t to good at ironing this might help 🙂

Things You’ll Need

  • Iron
  • Ironing Board
  • Distilled Water (the experts say it should be distilled but I use tap water)

Find the tag on your shirt that indicates what it’s made of.
Plug in the iron and set the dial to the recommended setting for that fabric.

High heat is for:

  • 100% cotton and linen

Medium heat is for:

  • Wools and cotton blends:

Low heat is for:

  • Polyester, rayon, nylon. silk, acetate and acrylic

The steps:

  1. Fill the iron with distilled water if you will be using the “steam” setting on cottons or linens.
  2. Iron the back of the collar first, then the front, taking care to iron in from the edges a little at a time to avoid creases.
  3. Open cuffs fully. Iron inside first, then outside.
  4. Iron sleeves after smoothing them flat to avoid creases. Do sleeve backs first, fronts second and take extra care on armhole seams.
  5. Hang shirt over board so that one front panel of the shirt can be extended flat (collar at narrower end of board). Iron from shoulder to shirttail.
  6. Rotate shirt over board so that you iron the back next, and the other front panel last.