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Old 01-04-2013, 02:04 PM
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I iron my husband's dress shirts, on the very rare occasions when he wears one, and I iron some of my kids' clothes, mostly the more expensive 100% cotton dresses that are made to look homemade (why I buy those I don't know). I do iron when I'm sewing or quilting though.
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Old 01-04-2013, 02:33 PM
Location: New Jersey
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I bet some of these people are sending things to the dry cleaners that could easily be ironed. Seriously? People won't even plug up a damn iron anymore....
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Old 01-04-2013, 04:58 PM
Location: Austin, TX
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Ironing is like facial shaving to me. It's not something I like to do, but it's something I just have to do for certain clothes to get it done. Better to spend the few minutes ironing (or I take it to the cleaners) then to wear the shirt wrinkled...simply hanging it up isn't sufficient for a few of my clothes. I do make it a point to (a) often wear wrinkle-resistant button-down shirts that don't need ironing, or (b) for the garments that need it, to hold off on ironing it until I'm ready to wear it.
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Old 01-04-2013, 05:38 PM
Location: Cary NC
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I iron a lot but I'm lazy about getting clothes out of the dryer when they are finished. I have an ironing board set up in a spare bedroom and iron my clothes usually every day and my husbands a few days a week. It doesn't take very long and the clothes look nice.
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Old 01-04-2013, 05:50 PM
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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I iron my bedsheets and pillowcases. Is that excessive?
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Old 01-04-2013, 07:33 PM
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The only time i iron if When I want a warm bed on a cold night... Especially in hotels.

With laundry, I find that when I dry on low and 30 mins wrinkles dont set in. Get it out the dryer. Smooth out the wrinkles by hand. Hang it up. Wash. Rinse. Repeat.
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Old 01-04-2013, 11:59 PM
Location: Vallejo
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Dress shirts, although I've been lazy even with that. I just hang them up as soon as they come out of the dryer and pretend there aren't a few wrinkles left on the stuff with iron-free treating. The collars and cuffs just get too bad though, so I'll iron those every few wears and usually do a quick iron of the whole shirt. Same deal with suits. I'll only iron them if they're starting to look worse than a few wrinkles. Just brushing them out on the hanger usually gets rid of enough wrinkles I'm satisfied. Eventually the lapels do start getting rounded and sad looking along with the inevitable wrinkles in the back.

I have a couple non iron-free shirts, and those really don't look good unless ironed every wear. Nicer shirts than the treated cotton ones, but lazy wins for me.
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Old 01-06-2013, 01:03 AM
Location: Portlandia "burbs"
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I only iron what doesn't dry well, and it's mostly summer pieces. i'll opt for a little bit of wrinkle than iron. I hate to iron. It's my second most hated domestic task.
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Old 01-06-2013, 01:19 PM
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I also find ironing relaxing. I wash my fabric after I buy it (and pinking the raw edges), and then I have to press it flat to cut it. A lot of quilters prewash and a lot of quilters don't. The way cottons are made now, color running USUALLY isn't a problem, unless you are buying hand dyed...

If you want to step into my way back machine -- My mother used a wringer washer, and we hung our clothing out to dry for the most part. So the clothing was WRINKLED. I never understood the reasoning of washing my father's white dress shirts, hanging them to dry, pulling them off the line, sprinkling them with water, rolling them up, putting them in the freezer and then ironing them the next day.

It was a time honored tradition you did laundry on Monday and Tuesday you ironed.

I wish I could say I was in my 80's, but my mother was very old fashioned..... I'm 53, and we had a wringer washer until about the early 70's. And we had to help. I can't tell you how angry I was when I found out other girls didn't have to slave over laundry like we did.
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Old 01-06-2013, 08:15 PM
Location: Alexandria, VA by way of New Orleans
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The closest I ever get to an iron is when I play Monopoly.
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