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Old 05-21-2017, 02:41 PM
 
Location: AZ
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I have never heard that ironing is bad for clothes. It is kind of weird statement to me. I iron all my life, as a matter a fact I never fold and put away my ironing board, it is always ready for ironing. My iron needs Spring water so I buy it. I also have a special small ironing board for sleeves - I can not imagine ironing men's shirt long sleeves without it. Ironing is a good habit and skill to have. But some people do not iron anything. My partner's mother does not have an iron in her house....
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Old 05-21-2017, 02:49 PM
 
Location: Des Moines Metro
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I can't find anything that says ironing is bad for clothes, in general. Obviously, if you have a hand-made shirt with glued on flowers, that probably shouldn't get ironed.

I also agree with all of you who either take shirts to the dry cleaners or don't buy pieces that need to be ironed in the first place. Honestly, life is too short for having to iron clothing all the time!

I have an iron because I sew and need to press seams. But that's about the only time I use it.
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Old 05-21-2017, 03:41 PM
 
Location: Saint John, IN
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I have a dryer with a steam feature. Most new dryers now have these. Works great on the wrinkles
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Old 05-21-2017, 03:46 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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I take wet clothes out of the washer and hang them to dry on hangers. Most of the wrinkles fall out. If the person who wears the clothing wants more wrinkles out, they are welcome to iron them. For myself, I buy nothing that needs to be ironed. Things like dress clothes go to the cleaners anyway.
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Old 05-21-2017, 04:24 PM
 
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I tried using a Con Air steamer but it requires that a buy distilled water. Plus using the Con Air steamer takes too long to get the wrinkles out. It gets pretty cumbersome.

Whats the best and most convenient way to get wrinkles out of dress shirts?
Why is ironing bad for clothes? Never heard such a thing.

Anyhow... when you wash your clothing, don't just pull out of the washer and toss into the dryer. Take the time to shake out and loosen the clothes that are all twisted and compressed from the spin. Do not overload the dryer. Do not overdry. Clothing coming out a tiny bit damp (really barely feel it damp) is better than bone dry. And don't let clothing sit in the dryer. Pull it out and fold and hang immediately. That will get rid of most wrinkles.
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Old 05-21-2017, 04:28 PM
 
Location: 76102
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Same here. It's easier to take them to the dry cleaner and they look FAR better than any ironing my husband or I have ever done ourselves.

Back before we could afford that luxury, we learned pretty quickly that he was better off ironing his own shirts. He was just better at it. I took far longer, and my work didn't look half as good.
This is why
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Old 05-21-2017, 06:11 PM
 
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I don't iron anything, but I am not aware that either of the steamers I have require distilled water. I have used them without any difficulty with regular tap water and they don't take that long to work at all. It takes much less time to heat up the steamer than it does to get the iron set up. I had one that was awful and didn't work, but then I upgraded to better ones and they work very quickly.

That said, I damp dry most of my clothing and will try to remove most of the wrinkles when I hang them. Most of the wrinkles fall out at that point.
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Old 05-21-2017, 06:44 PM
 
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Back before we could afford that luxury, we learned pretty quickly that he was better off ironing his own shirts. He was just better at it. I took far longer, and my work didn't look half as good.
Smart on you!
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Old 05-21-2017, 08:22 PM
 
Location: here
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I don't iron, either. None of my clothes need to be ironed. I hang most of my stuff to dry. My husband's work shirts go to the dry cleaner. I tried to do them for a while to save money but they didn't turn out well.
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Old 05-21-2017, 08:27 PM
 
Location: Xtreme SW Tennessee
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What have I missed?! When did ironing become bad for your clothes?? Guess I missed that memo. Ironing board stays up in a back corner & steam iron stays full of tap water.
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