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I always iron our clothes 1 10.00%
I iron household items: napkins, bedding, etc. 1 10.00%
I iron certain items (clothing *or* household items) regularly, but not everything 5 50.00%
I sometimes iron, depending on my moods and cycles 4 40.00%
I iron infrequently 11 100.00%
I own an iron and have no idea why 7 70.00%
I own an iron strictly for sewing purposes 5 50.00%
I do not own an iron 9 90.00%
I do not know what this "ironing" thing is, nor what purpose it serves 2 20.00%
Other--(because if I don't add it, I'll regret it!) 2 20.00%
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Do you iron?  Sometimes?  Always?  Obsessively?

 

If you do or don't, did you rebel against what your mother did?  Or do exactly as she did?

 

Don't own an iron?  Why not?  Don't care about wrinkles?  Always buy "wrinkle free"?  Send out the ironing to the cleaners?  

 

Do you iron only your clothes?  Or dp's as well?  Do you iron the pillowcases?  The sheets?  Socks?  (Don't laugh-- I had a live-in babysitter who ironed her socks.)

 

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Ironing makes no sense to me. I have a dryer, I don't need an iron! If I ever get a butler he can iron for me LOL.
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i am housework challenged. 

 

anytime spent on housework instead of research is wasted time. if i could i'd have someone else do it. 

 

i love helping others clean their house and organise it. just not mine.

 

so ironing is a task i dont plan to ever do. i gave away my iron. i throw things in the drier if required. i never buy clothes that need ironing. or dry cleaning for that matter. 

 

its just another mindless household task that is a waste of my time. 


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I iron infrequently. I purposely buy easy-care clothes, and I'm good about not overloading the washer/dryer and taking stuff out of the dryer promptly so that it doesn't have much chance to wrinkle. I will iron things like special occasion clothes for the kids, and cloth napkins before a dinner party, and I do a bit of sewing-related ironing, but it's definitely not a day-to-day chore for me. Some of DH's work shirts require ironing, but he does that himself.

A coworker told me that his mother used to iron everything, including sheets and underwear, when he was a child.

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No iron here, I ditched it after not using it for years. We either wear non-wrinkling clothing, wear wrinkles, or pop something in the dryer to steam.

I'm disturbed by the sheet ironing! But then again, I have no idea how to fold fitted sheets. :nut


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No iron here, I ditched it after not using it for years. We either wear non-wrinkling clothing, wear wrinkles, or pop something in the dryer to steam.
I'm disturbed by the sheet ironing! But then again, I have no idea how to fold fitted sheets. nut.gif

How to fold a fitted sheet:

Hold the sheet by two adjacent corners. With the sheet inside out, place one hand in each of these two corners. Then scream, crumple it up and throw it onto the closet floor.

Nailed it!!!!

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Gosh, I'm the ONE voter that irons just about all our fabrics!!

 

The scent of ironing and the hot fabrics takes me back to sitting with Mom as she ironed our clothes (ah, Faultless Starch!) each day, after school.  Dad was Air Force and uniforms had to be ironed.  She ironed our table linens and all my dresses.  This was in the days before perm press clothing and we never used paper napkins.

 

I love to iron and find it wonderfully relaxing.  I iron after things come out of the dryer (while they're still the tiniest bit damp), so every few days.  Things look so nice, crisp and bright.

 

Excepting winter coats and ski gear, all our clothes are ironed, even t-shirts (no, I don't do underwear or bras!).  Yup, jeans, too.  I iron our table linens (tablecloths and placemats, as well as napkins - we avoid paper napkins, if possible).

 

I iron our sheets, as well.  I use lavender essential oil in my water misting bottle and everything has the wonderful fragrance in it.  Whenever we have guests, they always say how much they love the feel of the perfectly smooth sheets and the fragrance!

 

I don't buy any perm press clothing or other item that are listed as "wrinkle-free," if I can avoid it (we don't want the chemicals in them).

 

I also sew, so ironing is important for that, as well.

 

I'm amazed at how many do not even own an iron!

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I used to own an iron for sewing and very special occasions only. It got lost in one of our two moves in 2012 (some time between March and September). I didn't even know it was lost until last month. So, yeah, not in a hurry to run out and get a new one any time soon.

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I used to own an iron, but it got sticky black stuff all over it and I got rid of it.  I think we still have the board somewhere.  I stay at home and live in jeans and t's, partner climbs trees with a chain saw.  We definitely don't need an iron. 

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I iron infrequently. I have a couple of items of clothing which need ironing. When I work I iron my work clothes.

DH's work clothes need ironing. He mostly does it but I will occasionally as a treat :-)

Our placemats are vinyl and we don't use tablecloths (tiny children). I imagine I will iron them once we start using them again.

I've never ironed sheets but I do like ironed pillowcases. At the moment I don't do it because, tiny children, but I probably will again once they're older.

I mostly iron while I'm sewing these days. Pre-children I ironed a lot of things.

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Ironing was my job as a kid.  I hate it.  I rarely iron now.  I do pull it out now and then though.  Truthfully, I think I should do it a bit more.  Dh's collars could use more frequent pressing, but as it stands now, they only get done when they are really bad or if he does it.  Except. . .every once in a long while I get a sudden urge to do the ironing and then lots of clothes look extra nice.  We do buy "wrinkle free" pants for dh.  He wears khaki style pants to work; they need to look nice.  

 

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How to fold a fitted sheet:

Hold the sheet by two adjacent corners. With the sheet inside out, place one hand in each of these two corners. Then scream, crumple it up and throw it onto the closet floor.

Nailed it!!!!

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Not to be a negative Nancy, but my mom's generation were slaves to ironing (ironed everything from socks to sheets), and as a result I spent a good deal of my teen years ironing clothes on Saturdays as part of my chores.  Result:  I don't iron anything unless absolutely necessary.  My mother is very critical of this, but at the same time I feel that my time as a parent is spent better on other things besides this this.  My sister, on the other hand, has adopted my mother's standards and never seems to be caught up with proverbial housework.  For me it is not a priority.  :)


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We didn't iron sheets growing up, but pillowcases and everything else (not socks).  I did all my ironing from 11yo onward and got pretty tired of it.  As a result, I don't iron much, but my cloth napkins dry up crinkly and I love casual linen clothes, and those look silly if I wear them unironed.  And I hate it when the hems of my skirts bunch up, so I try to do those. 

 

I think the pendulum has swung the other way.  My mom did loads of ironing, I do it occasionally, but my 8.5yo shows signs of finding it enjoyable and relaxing (yeah, because she doesn't have to iron for 3hours on a Saturday!) and I let her iron all the hankies and easy napkins.  No, I do not normally iron handkerchiefs, but they are very light and I could care less what they look like at the end of it, so I don't hover.  Because of her, I pull out the iron more often than I would otherwise.

 

For a former housekeeping client, I would iron her sheets for her.  She bought an expensive mangle just for the sheets.  I admit, while I would never iron my sheets, they do feel really nice that way.

 

Of course, I finally figured out another use of the iron: ironing on bazillions of scouting badges.


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Other. I own an iron, but I only own it for crafting purposes, such as iron-on decals and Perler beads. I don't sew...could never get the hang of it. (Actually, I'm extremely untalented at all things textile-related.)

 

I suppose, technically, I could have said "I iron infrequently", but "infrequently" would literally mean once in the eight years we've lived here....

 

My mom ironed - not everything, but quite a few things.


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DH works in a professional environment, and sometimes has to wear nicely pressed shirts. There's just no choice about it. He buys traveler's shirts, which are supposed to look ironed straight out of the dryer, but sometimes they need ironing anyway (probably because they're never straight out of the dryer, LOL). I get up with DH in the mornings just for the sake of getting up with him (ie, I could really sleep later if I wanted to), so if he needs something ironed I'll do it while he's in the shower. Otherwise I'd just be sitting on the bed, probably falling back asleep. :P

I don't wear anything that needs to be ironed; I pretty much live in t-shirts and jeans. I ironed my woven wrap the other day, but I think that may be the first time I've ironed something for myself in... ever. One of the bedsheets for our bed is creased all weird at the top, and stays that way no matter how often I wash it, so I've been thinking I should iron it. Of course, I've been thinking that for several months now.

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I've been intrigued with the ironed sheet thing... I'm half tempted to try it some day. The top edge of the flat sheet can be annoying because it bunches up during the laundry process. I've taken to putting it on upside down so the deep bunched up hem is by my feet and the small bottom hem is by my head...

 

I'd iron dh's clothes if he had a job interview. Or maybe if we were going to a wedding, I live in jeans and t-shirts and can't remember the last time I wore something else. I don't iron those. I'm more likely to iron for sewing than to iron clothes.


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I've been intrigued with the ironed sheet thing... I'm half tempted to try it some day. 

Try it once so you can feel the difference (cotton sheets).... and then be thrilled that you don't really have to.  I love ironed sheets.  I do not iron sheets.  MIL hates the bunchy-thing and just irons the tops.

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I fear I will fall in love with ironed sheets and want them ironed everyday, lol. I'm very picky about my sheets... Have to be all cotton and the thread count has to be just so. I once overheard a woman in a store scoffing at thread counts saying "I don't count while I'm sleeping!" I'm envious but I also pity her that she can't tell the difference:-)


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I have not owned an iron in my adult life.


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I used to iron almost everything. I kinda find it satisfying and calming. However since I'm now a part-time working mom I have cut down on it.

 

I iron my nurse scrubs. It makes me look more crisp and professional, and the extra dose of heat probably kills any germs that survived the washing.

Dh has been ironing his own clothes for years. He is very particular about his work shirts and apparently I don't do a good enough job with them. Fine by me. ;-)

 

I went to college with a girl from Indonesia. They had household servants and literally everything was ironed including the bedsheets and people's undies.


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No, DH irons.

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Infrequently. I have few clothing items that need ironing but I tend to avoid wearing them. Generally, the kids and I are pretty wrinkled. DH irons his own business shirts for work.

 

In some ways, I think this is one of the few areas where women have an advantage in the flexibility of their wardrobes and what's accepted as appropriate business wear. When I had a professional office job, I had a nice selection of knitwear eg. matching cardigans and camisoles, knitted silk short- and long-sleeved t-shirts and camisoles, and sweaters to wear either under a suit instead of a blouse or in place of a suit jacket. No fussy ironing needed. The suit itself might need a quick press but I didn't mind that so much.   

 

My mother ironed a lot. I do feel a little badly about my kids' ironing. They know how, barely, but do it even less frequently than I do. 

 

Every time I make the beds, I regret that I don't iron at least the top hem of the topsheet, so that it lays flat nicely when I fold it over the blankets. I like that fresh-pressed hotel look instead of the wrinkles and creases.  I don't regret it enough to actually do it though :o

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In the poll, I would have chosen, "I might own an iron, but I don't know where it is".

 

As a has-been seamstress, I have actively used an iron at some stages of my life, but never for my clothing, linens, or anything like that. I do have a pretty fantastic, oversized ironing board, with a special padded cover. I did once have a great (over $200!) iron.

 

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I sometimes wish I owned an iron…for craft purposes.


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Sounds like there are several ladies here that would give you their irons.... if they could locate them.


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No ironing here. We have a strong preference for wrinkle-free items. If it something that can and does get wrinkled, I pop it in the dryer.

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I suspect I iron more than most. And I'd like more ironing + ironed goods in my life.I love a nice ironed clothing whatever and I really loathe unironed cloth napkins. Ironing is by far my favorite chore.

 

I tolerate them for daily life only after three kids. They are always ironed for guests. DH wears dress shirts on occasion but usually irons them himself. 

 

As a kid, with a working mom, I was really fascinated and jealous by two SAHM I know. One had this lovely breakfast table set every morning and the other got five kids' clothes ironed every morning. 

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