Welcome to my post about How I Iron My Clothes. This is a slightly misleading title if I’m honest as I only really iron shirts… I do also do some other stuff, mainly pjs- because it’s luxurious and sometimes bed sheets- but I try not to if I can help it! So here is how I iron a shirt plus some ironing tips and hacks!
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I use a Philips GC2045/40 EasySpeed Steam Iron* which I would say is pretty mid range, it isn’t super fancy but it does a really good job and it’s a fun colour! I have also had it for about 5 years and whilst it doesn’t get a huge amount of use, it’s like new! I also use ironing water. I used to think this was a complete waste of time but I like it for two reasons – one, it keeps your iron in better condition and stops you getting rusty orange spurts from your iron (we’ve all been there…). Two, you get a nice fresh scent which spruces up your clothes and keeps them smelling fresher for longer in the wardrobe. I like it in the same way I like fabric conditioner, have a look at my post about how I wash my clothes for more deets on that…
I also have a small ironing board – it isn’t very special or fancy and rather than a thin ‘new age’ board cover I have use an ‘old fashioned’ thick blanket which I love.
Preparation for ironing is key. The better you look after your clothes the easier they are to iron. Have a look at my post about how I wash my clothes for more info about that but also remember to hang out your clothes properly. Give them a good shake and hang them out as flat as you can, if the items dry without big creases they will be SO much easier to iron!
How I Iron My Clothes
Then the cuffs
Then the sleeves
Then the button hole side of the front – Top Tip: these will be so much easier to iron and will close up if you wash your shirts with the buttons undone…
Then the back, and then the button side, inside out
If you want a crisper finish round the buttons, flip it over and iron in between the buttons and run up the edge- the iron point is designed to do this. Iron any pockets on the outside
Then hang your shirt, I like to leave the collars up. I then button one button to keep the shirt on the hangar. Don’t do this on one of the top ones if you don’t intend to do that one up when you wear it, it will leave the hole gapey and that doesn’t look neat. I usually button the third or fourth one down. I also fold in the sleeves to prevent further creasing in the wardrobe.
- Wash and dry your clothes with the buttons undone to make the button holes close and better finish
- Iron embroidery inside out!!!
- If you make any mistakes while ironing (you put in more creases) then just spray with your iron so the area is damp and then re-iron
- If you want a super crisp shirt, use spray starch*
- Never put on a hot shirt straight after ironing, it will end up super creased- the cooling of the shirt sets the flatness. Wait until the shirt has cooled completely if you want to keep it as crease free as possible
What are your ironing top tips? What products would you recommend?
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