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Ironing Time-Savers

  • Do your ironing in the bedroom. You’ll be able to use the bed to sort your laundry, and you’ll have hangers close at hand in the closet.
  • Cut your ironing time by putting a piece of aluminum foil under the ironing board cover. The foil will reflect heat so you’re actually ironing from both sides at once.
  • Progress from articles or garments needing the lowest temperature to those requiring the highest.
  • For a perfect fit, place your ironing board cover on the board while it’s still damp, and let it dry in place.
  • To avoid creases, place a rolled up towel in a sleeve before ironing.

­To prevent wrinkles, keep moving freshly ironed surfaces away from you.

  • To prevent collars, cuffs, and hems from puckering, iron them on the wrong side first.
  • Iron double-thickness fabric on the inside first, then on the outside.
  • Acrylic knits can stretch out of shape if moved when wet and warm. Press each section dry, and let it cool completely before moving it on the ironing board.
  • When pressing badly wrinkled corduroy, hold the iron just above the garment and steam the fabric thoroughly. While the corduroy is still damp, quickly smooth it along the ribs with your palm.
  • Revive the nap of velvet or corduroy by pressing it right side down on a piece of the same fabric.
  • If you don’t have a sleeve board, insert a rolled-up towel in sleevesso they can be pressed without leaving creases. Or make your own sleeve board from a cardboard tube covered with soft fabric.­
  • Quick spray starch can be made at home by slowly adding 1 tablespoon cornstarch to 2 cups water. Stir until the starch is dissolved, and pour the blend into a clean spray bottle. Spray fabrics lightly when ironing.

­­Restore a shiny look to chintz by ironing the fabric right side down on waxed paper.

  • To keep from giving your wash-and-wear garments a sheen when you do touch-up ironing, turn the clothing inside out and iron the wrong side.
  • To remove wrinkles from a tie, insert a piece of cardboard cut to fit its inside. Cover the tie with cheesecloth, and press lightly with a steam iron.
  • To avoid flattening embroidery or eyelets when ironing, iron them facedown on a thick towel.
  • Hold pleats in place with paper clips when ironing. Be careful that the clips don’t snag the fabric — particularly if it has a loose weave.

 the Editors of Consumer Guide.  “Ironing Tips”  22 February 2006.  HowStuffWorks.com. <http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/home/ironing-tips.htm&gt;  22 April 2011.