How To Save Time Ironing
Love it or hate it, ironing consumes a lot of time and energy. With busy work schedules, ever present family demands and the occasional social activity; time has become a precious commodity. So what if we could win back some time? We share with you how to get smart with the way you iron to reap the time saving rewards…
Tip 1: Clean Your Iron
There’s nothing worse than starting to iron your favourite garment, only to have your dirty iron leave stains. Clean irons mean clear steam vents and metal plates that won’t stick (which will also make ironing a lot easier). To prevent lime scale build-up, try using distilled water. If your iron is already in dire straits simply heat your iron, use a damp rag and very carefully wipe the plate. For more stubborn stains try wiping it with baking soda and water or detergent and our incredibly gentle Walnut Scour Pads or Euro Scrubbies. It may seem like a bit of effort at first but it will help you blitz that mountain of ironing.
Tip 2: Wash Smart
Did you know that the way you wash your clothes can affect your ironing time? Consider reducing your spin cycle; it’ll moderate creases. In addition, make sure you don’t overload your washing machine. This will give your clothes room to breathe (and not crease). If you air dry your garments, place them on hangers while they’re wet, then hang them on the line. It’ll reduce the number of creases and ultimately your ironing time. Last but not least, remember to fold your clothes as you take them off the line instead of throwing them into the washing basket.
Tip 3: Choose The Right Tools
Quality ironing boards can make a world of difference to your ironing routine. You won’t believe how much time you’ll save with the right ironing surface. Our Leifheit Ironing Board Airboard has thermoreflect technology that traps heat/steam that effectively irons both sides of your garment at the same time. Their studies have shown this cuts ironing time down by a third!
As ironing can be very tiring, that is easy to adjust the height so you can stand up or sit down in comfort. Alternatively, our Wall Mounted Ironing Board simply folds out when needed and packs away out of sight and mind, quickly and easily. It’s also a great little space saver for smaller homes.
Tip 4: Get Organised
Ironing in bulk once a week not only takes less time and effort but will also help cut down on energy costs. When you have a large pile of washing ready to go, try and sort them into fabric types. Start ironing the pile with the lowest temperature and work your way through to the fabrics that need more heat.
Ensure that your ironed clothes keep their “freshly ironed” look by using an adjustable ironing rack that can be wheeled away. Quality hangers can also make a difference. Check out he Howards Hanger Guide for lots more information about choosing the right hanger.
Tip 5: Use a Garment Folder
This simple device is often described as a “miracle folder” as it quickly and easily helps you achieve a perfectly folded item everytime. You can use it to fold t-shirts, shirts, trousers, shorts, towels, sheets and more. This style of folder is used in apparel stores to help them achieve the same sized shape, which not only looks good but it also saves space. It also includes a hanging hook so you can easily store it away when not in use.
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Accurate as at July 2014.