Works for Me Wednesday: Avoiding Ironing


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Have I ever mentioned how much I hate ironing? In case I haven’t: I hate ironing. So much so that my favorite technique is taking the clothes immediately out of the dryer and hanging them while they’re still warm. If I miss that window, I’ll just turn the dryer back on for ten minutes or so.

Yeah, it’s not a frugal technique, but, well, I hate ironing. I can’t even tell you when the last time was that I had my iron out.

We have a tiny little problem with the hot-out-of-the-dryer technique, though. A monkey wrench, if you will. Megan, my youngest, has a favorite shirt. She wears it every time it’s clean. And, sometimes when it’s not.

It has a sash. The sash never seems to get untied before the shirt gets washed and dried. Have you ever seen a sash that has been washed and dried while tied? Ten minutes in the dryer isn’t going to help that puppy.

Stupid iron. Then, one morning, Megan came upstairs with her favorite shirt on while I was fixing my hair. Light bulb moment! A little spritz of water and a few swipes with the flat iron does wonders for a wrinkled up sash. And, it doesn’t require an actual iron or an ironing board.

Yeah, this one most definitely works for me.

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  1. Hey, I’m so with you on the ironing thing. I. Do. Not. Iron.

    Not ever. With the exception of sewing time which is rare. I haven’t used the curling iron trick recently, but have before. Good idea!

  2. Awwww…bless your heart! I have my ironing board and iron set up in my bedroom CONSTANTLY!!!
    My family irons just about everything…everyday! It’s a thing we have.
    Sounds awful to you…..I bet! But…if I take it down…people would rise up! haha.
    Besides….I can also stack books or clothes on it when no one is needing to iron something! Teehee.

    Love the flat iron tip….hadn’t thought of that one.
    Smart!

  3. you’re a genius!!! I hate ironing too and I employ the same dryer techniques that you do. With a houseful of boys, we don’t have many sashes to iron but that idea is inspired!

  4. I’m with you on the whole hating ironing thing. I do have an iron and I even used it once, but heck if I can remember when that was.

  5. This is hilarious and sounds so good I just might have to try it! I hate ironing too but have to iron at least one Sunday outfit per month it seems.

  6. I hate to iron also. When we moved across the country a couple years ago, ours seemed to disappear. Aww, shucks. Then I had my cousins stay with me last summer. One of which IRONS EVERYTHING. I am sure it is a sickness, especially since she was ironing the clothes for her 6 month old baby! Yah, the funny/embarassing part was when she hollored across the house asking if I had an iron. Just as I was getting ready to answer. Her sister chimes in with “Duh, Stephanie, who doesn’t have an iron?!” Changing my answer then to “Not me!”

  7. I only iron for special occasions.

    I don’t have a straightening iron, but I’m wondering if you have to be careful about styling products that might be on the iron?

  8. I love to iron. There’s something about taking something wrinkles and smoothing it out that I find satisfying. That said, I’ve not time to iron! My dryer does have an “anti wrinkle” setting though. It turns itself on and off until I take the laundry out.

  9. that’s brilliant! as much of a conservationist as i think i am, we totally subscribe to the spritz and toss for ten in the dryer method.

    gotta flat iron for a buck in a garage sale last year. i’m gonna try that on my collars that dry funny.

    i’m so glad to have smart friends…

  10. Georgetta,

    I guess you might have to be careful about the styling products on the iron. I use very little product in my hair and the sash we’ve used the iron on is cotton, so I didn’t even think about it.

    You can wipe the iron pads off with a damp cloth, though, so it might be useful to do so if you were going to use it on an article of clothing.

  11. I don’t iron either. For years, the only one at my house who ironed was my MIL when she came for a visit. She bought the iron, and she used it (sometimes on my kids’ clothes…they were beautiful).

    Until my 7 yo joined Girl Scouts a couple years ago. Now I will iron on her patches, but I usually wait until she has 5 or 6 before I’ll pull out the iron.

  12. lol.. thats a great idea!!! I have a flat iron too!!

    Its actually probably the one and only thing my dear MIL gets annyoed with me for…. I dont own an iron anymore.. and I dont iron.

    I finally told my hubby if after all these years he had an issue with my wrinkle releaser srpay that he could take his shirts to his mommy to iron for him… lol… and so he did a few times.. and then realized it wasnt worth it. =)

    anyways.. my point is… I hate to iron also.. so there with you on that one!

  13. Very clever. I don’t have a flat iron however! But I really do not like to iron. I dry alot of our clothes on the rack and just figure the wrinkles will fall out eventually.

    I do iron my husband’s shirts and slacks if they need it, but I try to buy the “no wrinkle” kind if I can!

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