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Why do you iron?

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DammitOedipus Thu 26-Apr-18 16:37:17

Just that, really. I understand formal shirts and fancy dresses, but ironing weekly? I am not from the UK so it is not a norm where I'm from. Why spend so much time ironing? What is it for? Are there benefits?

BakerBear Thu 26-Apr-18 16:39:40

Non ironed clothes look a mess.

I wouldnt wear something that wasnt ironed

A4710Rider Thu 26-Apr-18 16:40:41

Standards, Oedipus, standards.

Fintress Thu 26-Apr-18 16:40:44

Why spend so much time ironing?

It takes no time at all, there are only two of us. Ironed clothes fold much better for storing plus I like ironing. Anything else?

fleshmarketclose Thu 26-Apr-18 16:42:30

I iron because ironed clothes look much nicer than clothes that haven't been ironed. It's not too bad a chore I put on an audiobook and it's done in no time.

OdileDeCaray Thu 26-Apr-18 16:42:46

Ironed items take up far less space than nonironed items and looks much nicer on.

Davros Thu 26-Apr-18 16:43:15

Ironed clothes look better and I can listen to The Archers at the same time. I find it quite therapeutic but I won't do it if I struggle to find the time

RippleEffects Thu 26-Apr-18 16:44:03

Ironing kills bugs and bacteria not necessarily killed by low temperature washing. Historically I believe that was a reason people ironed.

NotUmbongoUnchained Thu 26-Apr-18 16:44:37

Because it’s relaxing.

Stops me from killing.

grasspigeons Thu 26-Apr-18 16:44:44

The hama beads don't stick together if you don't iron them

Bowlofbabelfish Thu 26-Apr-18 16:46:53

Because when you’re seeing a garment seams you just sewed need to lay flat before you sew the next one.

I don’t iron actual clothes. Not time in the day tbh.

UndomesticHousewife Thu 26-Apr-18 16:47:08

I used to iron so we would have non creased clothes
Now I don’t care if clothes are creased I put them in tumble dryer for few minutes I watch tv instead.
And teenagers just dump clothes anywhere and everywhere and make a huge mess looking for stuff in their drawers there’s no point ironing their clothes.

PinotAndPlaydough Thu 26-Apr-18 16:49:02

The clothes look better and are easier to put away. A lot of my children’s clothes are thin cotton that looks awful if not ironed. I don’t have to worry when heading out that I’ll have to quickly run an iron over something because it looks unwearable.
But I mainly iron because it stops me snacking in the evening grin

JenBarber Thu 26-Apr-18 16:51:48

I only iron at work where I get paid to do so. Don't iron my own stuff.

I admit that sheets, etc look better ironed but when you work full time who's going to spend precious hours ironing?

I did iron when I didn't work, but not now.

Jonbb Thu 26-Apr-18 16:53:35

Haven't for years, if you drip dry they don't need it.

Twounder1 Thu 26-Apr-18 16:58:48

I dont 😂

Padfootprongs Thu 26-Apr-18 17:10:33

Ha I never iron, don't get it either!

NorthEndGal Thu 26-Apr-18 17:10:54

I am not UK , over here we tumble dry and hang it up right away, so it's uniforms only that need ironing

lemonsunshinecake Thu 26-Apr-18 17:12:03

Because I don't want my kids and me to look like a crumpled mess

RoryGillmoresEvilTwin Thu 26-Apr-18 17:13:49

I think my clothes look/hang/fit better when they've been ironed.

I actually quite enjoy it. Once a week I put something on TV that I want to watch and happily iron for a couple of hours.

lynmilne65 Thu 26-Apr-18 17:14:55

I don't

Youradviceneeded Thu 26-Apr-18 17:15:42

The clothes that we choose to wear look so much better ironed. Lots of people wear styles and fabrics that don't need ironing. But our things look much better ironed. I also like getting into bed when the sheets, pillowcases and duvet cover has been ironed.

It can also be a matter of what you're used to. My mum itprons everything including socks and pants. I am not that bad!

AllMumsyWereTheBorrowedClothes Thu 26-Apr-18 17:18:46

I like the feel, and look, of ironed clothes, and I can watch daytime tv whilst ironing grin

I lived in Thailand for a couple of years, and was so impressed by how beautifully turned out everyone else was I not just ironed but starched everything. It was 35°C + and I had a rotating, floor standing fan at either end of the board to try to cool me down ❄ hmmconfused

I carried on doing it for years after we returned to the UK.blush The dcs clothes always looked so nice, but I got out of the habit eventually, thankfully.

Just off to iron now, mumsnetting while making tea...... 😳

AmazingPostVoices Thu 26-Apr-18 17:22:26

In my personal clothes look better on ironed and are easier to put away if they are ironed.

Nicely ironed bed linen makes me happy.

I don’t care what anyone else does, iron/don’t iron who cares.

Smeddum Thu 26-Apr-18 17:23:29

I find it soothing, and I like knowing everything is ironed and put away tidily so I’m not in a pickle. I don’t give a shit if anyone else irons, but I like to do our stuff. Bedding too.

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