Monday, September 28, 2009

Have Any Ironing Tips For Me?

T oday is ironing day! I must admit, it's not a particular favorite chore of mine, but it must be done. I've been ironing the same old way ever since....well ever since my mom taught me when I was a young girl. It wasn't until recently that I was given a tip on how to use the ironing board "more efficiently".

Instead of using the round end of the board, like I've been doing all my ironing life, one is suppose to use the wider, squared end. By the way, this works especially well on shirts and blouses! Honestly it took me a while to get use to doing it this way, but now I wouldn't go back!

Why am I telling you all this? Well today, as I was getting ready to tackle my chores, I thought to myself, "Ummm! I wonder if there are any other tips out there that could make this job easier and maybe even a little enjoyable?" Then I thought, "I know who I'll ask....My Blog Friends." If anyone out there has any ironing tips and is willing to share them with me. PLEASE!!!! I will definitely try anything.

Wait that just gave me an idea! I will try any and all tips you may have for me and after I do I will post on which ones gave me the best results. Won't that be fun? Wow! I just gave myself a reason to look forward to ironing next week. Yay!!!! Can't wait !


Thank you so much for stopping by!

Wishing you all a beautiful and awesome Monday!

22 comments:

blushing rose said...

Ohh, poodie! I should be ironing, now I am going to feel even more guilty after reading your post Ana! I'm off to get it done ...
Happy autumn. Have a beautiful week. TTFN ~Marydon

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hello Ana, ok, here is my ironing tip for you... only buy clothes that you can tumble dry in the dryer and pull right out and hang up, no ironing needed! Works for me!!! Bisous... Julie Marie

Sandra said...

Hi Ana. Hmm? I don't have any tips. I keep putting it off myself. I bought some curtains that I washed and now they need to be iron. I'll get to them sometime around midnight. :D
Have a good Monday evening.
Sandra

stefanie said...

i never knew you use the wide end, i will have to try that, thanks

SherryRoseBella said...

Would you believe that I love to iron!! I guess it's just an instant gratification thing!lol The only tip I have is to turn on some loud, upbeat music & dance a little while you are ironing! It works for me!
Thanks so much for visiting my blog & please come again.
Sherry

June said...

I'm a little weird too. I, like Sherry, love to iron. I definitely will be trying out your tip on using the wide end of he board.
Hugs,
June

Dawn said...

I guess that first iron is what my mom was talking about that I mentioned in the email. That ought to be heavy enough to smash the wrinkles out of anything! Bit of a pain to heat though, huh?
I'm lucky to get mine put away before they wrinkle in the basket!
Dawn

Jen said...

Well I have the best tip...just skip it! No I'm kidding. I don't know why but I rarely have to iron ya!! I guess I buy things that don't need ironing or my dry de-wrinkles for me. Sorry Ana, no tips here.

Happy Monday!

Cindy said...

Hello Ana, I do alot of ironing, my husband is a Pastor and he wears dress shirts several times a week and they all need ironing. I have never heard of using the square end, I use it when ironing my table cloths and napkins, but never tried it on blouses and shirts, but I will try it. The only advise I could give is use a very good iron. I bought one that cost nearly $100.00 last year and the girl at Walmart told me I should buy the one for $25.00, it was just as good. Can you believe it? I told her, "Never mind, I want this one!" It is a T-fal and I love it. A good iron makes the job easier. Also, I put on a movie and watch it while I iron, it makes the time go faster. Happy ironing! Hugs, Cindy S.

Cindy said...

Wait a minute, I did think of something more useful. When ironing the collars on my dh's shirts, I iron the back, not the front. I find that it wears out the fabric ironing it on the front. Cindy S.

Jacque said...

Good morning Ana!

Well, since I have over 10 years exp working in a garment factory, I did know to use the wide end of the board for the sq areas of your garments and the round end for sleeve caps and round edges. A good steam iron, like yours makes the job faster as well.

Now, this is not a hint to help make your ironing easier EXCEPT to show you how far technology has brought us!! I can remember using a water sprinkling bottle to dampen the clothes AND putting them in the refrigerator until ironing day!! I guess that was to help release the wrinkles that were put in there when they were run thru the wringer of that old washing machine. We would hang clothes out to dry on a clothesline--nothing like the great smell of fresh laundry that has been dried by the sun! There was always a child in diapers and I've washed, hung, folded my share of those!!

My mother would make up starch and soak her crochet doilies, then place the huge ruffled edges over bottles and let them dry. Levi's were done similarly and leg stretchers were put in those, TALK about a chore!! We also had to IRON pillow cases...WOW...I am dating my self... We did use a scrub board but at least we didn't have to use Grandma's Wash Pot!!...I am so thankful for permanent press...

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Hi Ana.....I do not like to iron...my mom on the other hand used to love to iron. She ironed everything that was washed and used to "sprinkle" the clothes and roll them into jellyrolls. No steam irons in those days! When I think of my mom as a kid I always see her ironing in my memories. ~Patti

Cherished Treasures said...

I just love ironing vintage linens. A tip about ironing embroidered items --------
Put a large fluffy terrycloth towel on the ironing board and place your item to be ironed face down (embroidered side down) on the towel and then iron well with steam. This makes the embroidery stand up, or puff, on the front side and gives a lovely dimensional effect to the embroidery work. This technique works well with clothing items also.
Have a BLISSFUL week, Carol

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Oh I remember everything Jacque was telling you about ironing and wash day !Sorry no hints here either.

Lissa said...

I never iron unless someone is holding a gun to my head... sorry... no tips here. My tip is just wear it wrinkled. ;)

Atelier de Charo said...

A mi no me gusta para nada la "planchadera", pero en fin alguien lo tiene que hacer.
Siempre plancho con vapor y aparte tengo mi botella con agua para la arrugas más dificiles.
Espero te sirva.
Cariños
Charo

Aimee said...

Hi Ana,
I am not found of ironing either. Luckilly my Husband's work attire is casual, so I don't have to do it that often... I hope you figure out something to help you out...
Have a great day,
Aimee

Vicki said...

Hello, Ana,
I admire you for still ironing. I try to iron as little as possible. When I do iron, however, I will try your tip for using the wide end of the board. One thing I have found that helps the ironing go a little smoother is to leave the clothes a little damp. I think this helps to get the wrinkles out better. Happy ironing day, Ana! Vicki

Ana said...

Thank you all for your wonderful comments and tips. Can't wait to try them all.

♥Ana

elmundodetrapito said...

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Charlotte said...

Interesting post, and good tips.
The first picture brought back memories. I burned my arm on an iron like this that we had heated on top of a wood stove when I was 5 years old. The handle slipped, turned around. I had the scar the rest of my life although now it has faded so I can hardly find it.
You have a beautiful blog.

Phyllis@AROUND THE HOUSE said...

I was leaving you a message and my computer shut down, don't you just love that. Ironing, all I know is a good iron and use spray sizing instead of starch, makes things feel like new again but not stuff. Love your blog and I love the thank you card....thanks for sharing, I really need that bird nest candle lol..Phyllis..come visit