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July 2nd, 2004


When it comes to clothing care, there are quite a few things one needs to do. Stains have to get out. Clothes have to be clean. Clothes have to be dry. And in many circumstances, clothes have to be wrinkle-free.

While I’m pleased that more and more shirts and pants are being touted as wrinkle-free there’s the occasional need to do something I abhor: iron.

I’m not quite sure why I hate ironing. Maybe it’s because it takes time and patience, and I usually don’t devote a night of the week to ironing. Or maybe it’s because my shirts wrinkle about five minutes after putting them back on, defeating the purpose unless it’s going under a jacket. Or maybe it’s because some wrinkled shirts are fashionable.


Is there anyone out there that likes to iron? Or, better yet, used to hate ironing but now enjoys it? I’m curious. In case you’re trying to figure out who I am, I’m the guy with the slightly wrinkled green buttondown.

Posted in Everyday Life

FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday July 2, 2004 -- 10:20:19 am
I'm always afraid I'm gonna mess up while I iron and permanently damage the shirt somehow. I **hate** ironing. To this day, I still can't figure out how my mother did all the ironing so quickly. She could do an entire load of laundry in the time it takes me to do 3 shirts.

FROM: Chris
DATE: Friday July 2, 2004 -- 10:51:42 am
Given about 45 minutes, your body heat will "iron" out the really bad wrinkles, rendering your shirt wearable for most situations.

And if that doesn't work, throw it back it in the hamper and hope it looks better after the next wash!

FROM: Cat [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday July 2, 2004 -- 11:08:54 am
So timely. Just this morning, I decided to put a note up on the building's bulleting board that says: "DO YOU LIKE TO IRON?"

Because I sure don't, but I like to look reasonably neat. I'll gladly pay someone else to do what I consider to be an onerous task.

FROM: Greg
DATE: Friday July 2, 2004 -- 11:25:56 am
You're right Cat, very timely. I was just talking to a friend that lives in a big building in Chicago. He told me the dry clearner just opened and they charge 60 cents per pound of laundry. For that, they wash, dry, iron, and fold.

Personally, ironing isn't bad if I can find the time to do it. But I'm with Paul, the damn shirt just wrinkles back up five minutes later.

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday July 2, 2004 -- 3:25:57 pm
And if that doesn't work, throw it back it in the hamper and hope it looks better after the next wash!

Chris has hit upon my personal favorite technique!

FROM: Mike
DATE: Friday July 2, 2004 -- 9:08:40 pm
I iron every workday. In the last month, I've managed to give myself burns on both hands from ironing accidents (none ever before these two though). That's one's reward for spending 20-30 minutes standing over an ironing board? Ack! I want a maid...

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Tuesday July 6, 2004 -- 3:40:17 pm
I don't mind ironing. The trick to making it last is to use lots of starch. I dream of having a fancy Swiss press, though. It takes me too long to iron, and I don't think I ever do it the same way twice.
A friend of mine's mom showed me how to iron and she could time herself to do a whole shirt in two and a half minutes. I'm lucky if I'm not still at it after ten minutes. The tricky part I despise is keeping the shirt from touching the floor. I also don't really like having to keep a jug of distilled water around just for the iron.

FROM: mel
DATE: Wednesday August 11, 2004 -- 1:41:26 pm
Hm. I always use just plain ol tap water.

FROM: Fiona
DATE: Thursday August 12, 2004 -- 12:51:51 am
Christ is right! throw it back in the wash and hope it looks better the next time around is great!

OR throw it in the dryer for 5/10 minutes.

If that fails, get a steamer.

There are the hand held travel kind ofr $15 to $20 or the industrial kind they have in clothing stores for $100 to $200.

All clothing steamers ROCK!!!! They are fun and easy to use and dont' damage clothing like regular irons do.

Do use distiled water though: minerals in tap water will gunk up the steamer.

FROM: matty shipley [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday December 13, 2004 -- 10:50:50 am
well i have to admit ironing is pretty dull and there is an excitement factor of 0.00% not that i have tried it but extreme ironing looks pretty fun check this out.
well thats all folks. byeeee

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