Ironing Tips from the Masters


In honor of Pattie’s pressing prowess, here are some ironing tips from the masters:

The Whirlpool Institute of Home┬áScience says you should never, ever iron in circular strokes or you’ll end up stretching the fabric. TLC Home has this energy and time-saving tip: 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. Life123 celebrates the zen of ironing: “Position your ironing board in a spot where you can see out a window and rest your mind. Put some soothing music on so you can listen and enjoy the smells of warm, clean clothes.”

My favorite, though, is from AskMen.com: The first step in successfully ironing your clothes is making sure you have the right tools for the job.You’ll need a good iron, a hard surface to iron on, and some spray starch. . . Simply lay the garment down flat on the ironing board and spray the starch onto it from at least a foot away before you begin. . . Before even whipping out your iron, make sure your clothes are in tiptop shape because ironing a dirty shirt could permanently set stains into the fabric.

So, get the right tools, safety first, and think before you whip out your iron. Truly, words to live by.

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