We all can iron our clothes, but are we all doing it correctly? There are so many mistakes we’re making during this task. From wrong temperature to a bad technique, you never know when you’re actually ruining your outfit with your iron.
With these expert tips, you can iron your clothes in the right way. Go ironing like a pro with these useful tips.
Remove the burn marks from clothes using vinegar
Did you burn your dress with an iron? It’s not the end of the world. Dip a clean cloth in vinegar and wipe it on the stains. Rinse it with cold water to finish.
Boil the water you use for ironing
If you live in an area with hard water, boil the water before using. Hard water can block your iron. This can lead to improper iron and can even damage your iron permanently.
Turn your clothes inside out to iron the decorative areas
Don’t place the iron directly over buttons or sequins. Instead, turn your clothes inside out to prevent damaging the fine decorations.
Iron in the correct order
Always start outside in. Start with the collar, then cuffs and then iron your shirt in from there. Ironing in order will make the process less problematic.
Use bobby pins to secure the pleats
When you’re ironing a pleated skirt, use the bobby pins to pin the pleats in place. This will free your hand to iron while bobby pins put the pleats into place.
Iron on one side only
If your clothes look okay with one side iron only, then don’t bother to iron the other side at all. Save time, and moreover save electricity.
Make a DIY ironing spray
Mix equal parts of vinegar with water. Spritz it on areas with bad creases. Then iron it out simply.
Don’t iron under dull lighting
Imagine spending an hour on ironing only to find your clothes still have creases. Why to let your hard work go in vain? Don’t attempt ironing your clothes in a poorly-lit room. Put your ironing board in the best lit room.
Place an aluminium foil on your ironing board
Line your ironing board with aluminium foil. Aluminium is a good heat conductor. This means the heat from the iron will pass on to the foil and iron the other side of your garment as well. Try it out for best results!
Don’t iron dirty clothes
When your iron your dirty clothes, the stains of it will become sturdy. They’re unlikely to come off. The heat will make the stain permanent.
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Iron 100% cotton clothes when they’re still damp
Our mothers have used this trick to iron our school uniform. Isn’t it? That’s because the cotton creases are hard to come off. Iron them whilst they are damp as the heat will make the water to create steam. The steam will thereafter, smoothen the creases.
Clean your iron regularly
Imagine staining your freshly washed clothes with your iron. What a nightmare! We should maintain our irons just as we maintain our clothes. It should be cleaned regularly. Use baking soda and cotton to clean your iron.