We just got home from vacation, and it seems that hand-in-hand with vacation goes laundry…lots of laundry. At our house, the ironing is done the same day as the laundry. We had so much ironing to do that all three girls had the opportunity to iron various articles of clothes. One sweet daughter ironed five plaid shirts. She may not wear so many once she starts ironing her own clothes.
In case you have never ironed, let me go through a few basic principles. First, the iron must be heated to the proper temperature. Cotton shirts need a higher heat than polyester pants. Otherwise, the pants would have a nice iron mark on them. The preparation of the material is just as important as the iron. It takes two hands to iron: one to smooth the cloth before the iron passes over, and the other to move the iron. If you are not careful you end up ironing wrinkles into a shirt that were not there before.
Starch and steam are also important to the process. Some wrinkles are stubborn and need a little coaxing to come out. That is where the steam comes in. Just give the steam button a little push and encourage those wrinkles to come out. I like to starch my dress shirts and Dave’s dress shirts so they get some spray starch to help make them look like they were done by a professional.
Don’t forget to iron the sleeves and press the collar. You don’t want to show up for an important appointment with your collar sticking up in various directions. Taking good care of our clothes and making sure they are clean and wrinkle free tells a lot about a person. Though we are more concerned about our hearts, taking care of what is on the outside speaks of our character. So we will keep practicing our ironing and checking the heat to make sure we do not scorch our clothes. Happy Ironing!


3 thoughts on “Ironing

  1. Ironing can be very relaxing, it is getting started that is the problem. My mom taught me sleeves first, collar next, upper fronts and yokes, then the bottom all the way around. Also keep your iron cord away from the ironed parts, sometimes difficult due to where the cord is laced on the iron.

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