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For those who don't iron

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bigfatgypsy Sun 02-Oct-11 22:17:32

Do you really not iron 'anything'? What about shirts and blouses that crease?

I'd love to stop ironing but I don't see how I can. I have work blouses that I just can't wear wrinkled, and things like dd's school shirts just look messy if I don't iron them.

If I put everything in the dryer and then get them out in time I can just about get away with it, but I'm often at work all day so if I put them in first thing its ages before I can get them out and by then they're creased. And if I put them on the line the wrinkles just seem to set in.

How do you do it?

Tortington Sun 02-Oct-11 22:18:17

i don't believe you can do it and wear shirts

twotesttickles Sun 02-Oct-11 22:19:40

<twitches at the thought of non ironed clothes>

I'm watching this thread having just finished three hours of ironing. I cannot abide creased clothes and frankly I. Don't. Do. Polyester.

I do not believe there is a solution.

ilovetomandjerry Sun 02-Oct-11 22:20:58

Errr ...... I get a lovely lady to do mine blush grin

FromGirders Sun 02-Oct-11 22:21:30

Dh is an academic who sometimes wears (thick) shirts. I'm a CM who normally wears t-shirts pr jumpers. However, today, I'm wearing a white blouse which I'm sure you would have ironed.
It looked slightly creased when I took it out of the wardrobe, but now it looks fine. Body heat will crease ironed things and un-crease unironed things. No-one has ever commented on my lack of ironing.
Truly, life is too short.

FromGirders Sun 02-Oct-11 22:22:11

Custy and twotestickles - you just have to not care :-)

beatenbyayellowteacup Sun 02-Oct-11 22:22:18

Shirts and skirts: a lovely lady comes in while I'm at work and hey - there they are smile

workshy Sun 02-Oct-11 22:23:10

fold them up, pulling the creases out, and then stick them in the airing cupboard

I have to wear a jacket over my shirts anyway so by the time I get to work they are fine

I work front of house and no one has ever commented about my (non ironed) shirts

SazZaVoom Sun 02-Oct-11 22:23:45

I don't wear shirts, either stretchy tops or little jumpers under suits. DH does his own ironing. DD's school clothes get tumble dried, shaken and hung up

Chewbecca Sun 02-Oct-11 22:24:29

My husband goes to work every day in an unironed shirt. They are 'non iron' ones, they go on the line, get a good shake and get hung up. They're not great but good enough for me!
He doesn't work in a really high powered city boy type job mind.
I only iron a shirt for weddings or interviews.
For some reason I don't understand I do like everything to be ironed for holidays so either iron it myself (or get it ironed) before I pack in away in a suitcase which I realise is totally illogical.

Anifrangapani Sun 02-Oct-11 22:24:38

My clothes get dropped on the floor and tuurn up in the wardrobe nice and flat ( thanks to dh and lovely lady who does the ironing)

FromGirders Sun 02-Oct-11 22:24:46

I wash them (in a washing machine) then hang on a pulley or shirts onto a hanger. I'll pull them straight and into shape.

yellowraincoat Sun 02-Oct-11 22:26:33

I iron shirts and some trousers/dresses that really need it. We don't have a tumble drier. If we did, I'd never iron ANYTHING. I only iron if stuff has big wrinkles - the small ones just fall out as you wear them.

My mother hates ironing, yet spends at least 3 hours a week on it. This is baffling to me.

I tend to choose clothes that don't wrinkle and rarely wear shirts to work. I wear dresses or a top and skirt. Things of tshirt material truly do NOT need to be ironed.

Why not try it for a week and see how it goes? See if you feel crumpled or if the creases drop out?

Maybe if no one ever ironed, a precedent would be set and no one would ever iron again!

lubeybooby Sun 02-Oct-11 22:26:34

My stuff including blouses and dd's school shirts come out of the tumble drier just fine. I use the radiators too sometimes and i'm a dab hand at getting them on there in a way that means they won't need ironing. There are a few items that are an exeption, but most things are more than fine especially with the dryer.

toddlerama Sun 02-Oct-11 22:27:34

DHs shirts are the only thing that gets ironed.

bonkers20 Sun 02-Oct-11 22:31:41

I didn't iron much at all until DS1 went to secondary school. Now I do his shirts and trousers to make them look less tatty

Then while the iron's out I think how lovely some of my tops look ironed and then I get totally carried away and iron all DS2's teeny tiny things.

I do it while watching telly.

PatriciaHolm Sun 02-Oct-11 22:32:14

Work shirts (DH's) get ironed by our cleaning lady. School polos are fab and look great unironed. Anything else can live without, or in dire straits DH will do it. Though I have been know to have things dry cleaned just to get them ironed ;-)

RoseC Sun 02-Oct-11 22:51:30

DP refuses to iron and will pay for his shirts (unless I have enough time to do his - I think it's a waste of money). OTOH my DM irons underwear and socks so it goes both ways!

PacificDogwood Sun 02-Oct-11 22:55:58

Dh's workshirts he irons himself (he is very good at it grin)

I go out of my way to buy tops that don't need ironing: jersey/cotton knit stuff mostly.

Kid's t-shirts/poloshirts - never understood why anyone would feel the need to iron them confused

I do spend a bit of time folding things neatly and 'rotate' folded tops so that everything gets its turn at the bottom of the pile = clothes' press

Oh, and we have a trouser press blush

moondog Sun 02-Oct-11 22:57:22

No way around it.
If you want to look tidy and organisied, then you need to iron.

FromGirders Sun 02-Oct-11 23:00:44

Does anyone actually look closely enough at their friends / colleagues to notice whether they iron or not? personally, I look at my friends' faces when I talk to them, not their shirts.
So you really judge the people you chat to every day? Or do you not notice and just assume that they all iron?

moondog Sun 02-Oct-11 23:02:44

Why the kneejerk reaction with the whole judging malarky?
What is it to you?
If you don't want to iron, then don't.
But don't then get arsy if someone suggesats you aren't then going to look like a fashionplate.

Cos you aint.

Clary Sun 02-Oct-11 23:05:09

OP, as an ironer big-time, I agree, there is no way that people who say they don't don't iron.

Either they do iron some things or else they live in man-made fibres, and so do their DC.

<static crackle>

SazZaVoom Sun 02-Oct-11 23:08:16

Clary - that is bullshit. I seriously do not iron anything. My DH does his own shirts. I work in a professional job and cope just fine.

This reminds me of people saying that everyone who says their baby slept 7-7 at a young age is lying. My DD1 did at 8 weeks and i most certainly was not. Why would I? confused. DD2 took 17 months to reach the same sleep levels and i didn't lie about that either.

hester Sun 02-Oct-11 23:08:37

I iron very little - about 6 times a year.

The secret is to not buy/wear things that need ironing.

Or to pay drycleaning bills.

Or to be sure to shake everything out as it comes out of the dryer.

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