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Unread 04-10-2013, 06:47 PM
 
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Default Ironing clothes

My clothes are so difficult to iron and I'm getting frustrated since I can't wear half my wardrobe.

I bought a cheapish (30$) steamer and it worked ok, but not great. My biggest issue is with cotton cause as soon as I wear it, it wrinkles from sitting down. Someone told me that starching cotton would prevent wrinkles as you wear your clothes. Is that true?

How do you all iron out your clothes/prevent wrinkles?
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Unread 04-10-2013, 07:12 PM
 
Location: Oakland CA
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Starching might help, but some people are wrinklers. I gave up pressing hubby's shirts because no matter what in the hour it took him to get to work, the shirt looked like he slept in it.
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Unread 04-10-2013, 07:15 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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We never iron anything. (If you pull them out of the dryer immediately after the dryer stops spinning, there are hardly any wrinkles.) And, if you wear a shirt for a couple minutes, your body's warmth and natural moisture pretty much remove any wrinkles anyway.

Life is too short to iron clothes or fold socks or fold towels.
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Unread 04-10-2013, 07:31 PM
 
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We never iron anything. (If you pull them out of the dryer immediately after the dryer stops spinning, there are hardly any wrinkles.) And, if you wear a shirt for a couple minutes, your body's warmth and natural moisture pretty much remove any wrinkles anyway.

Life is too short to iron clothes or fold socks or fold towels.

I dont' put most of my clothes in the dryer. I have too many delicates. very few of my dresses go in the dryer. I pretty much only dry my pants, regular tops and tank tops and some skirts.

Tallysmom-well I'll try starching..hopefully it helps. my clothes wrinkle from sitting on it, like a cotton skirt..its annoying.
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Unread 04-10-2013, 09:21 PM
 
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my clothes wrinkle from sitting on it, like a cotton skirt..its annoying.
Ironing will not help that....
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Unread 04-10-2013, 09:35 PM
 
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Ironing will not help that....
Evidently. so what does help it?
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Unread 04-10-2013, 09:56 PM
 
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Try a better steamer? I recommend a Jiffy. It will not only perform better but is a wise investment that will lengthen the life of your clothes over ironing.

Oddly if there is too much humidity in the air it will make your steamer fail and it will generally cause more wrinkles. If you live in a super humid environment consider combating wrinkles with either a higher quality cotton, a blend of cotton and a synthetic, or even all synthetic.

I understand none of this is ideal for your exact situation now.

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Unread 04-10-2013, 10:04 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Last time I ironed anything was in the 90's.
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Unread 04-10-2013, 10:15 PM
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Location: New England
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I buy 100% cotton and mostly jersey material. I wash it and hang it up to dry. Done. Corduroy pants in winter, same thing. Gauzy cotton skirts in summer or cotton jersey fabric, no ironing. I hate clothes dryers except for sheets and towels. Husband--well he'd better wear cotton jersey polo shirts or T shirts but if he has a shirt that needs ironing it may take me a while to get motivated. His pants get hung up to dry, inner seam to inner seam and hand creased if needed. I MAY have to iron them a little bit.

You can also buy cotton with a little bit of spandex in it and just let it line dry and it probably won't need ironing. I have a skirt like that. There are steamers and people do recommend some good ones but I'm getting by without one and just occasional ironing.
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Unread 04-10-2013, 11:34 PM
 
Location: Harbor Springs, Michigan *again*
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Buy a good quality steam iron
if you must tumble dry then take the items out before they are crispy dry
spray starch will help get the creases out and stop too many new creases being made, spray lightly and iron quickly.

I've always ironed, I wouldn't dream of going out in clothes straight out of the drier. I prefer not to look like I've just got out of bed.
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