Here are my best simple tips for choosing ironing tools and caring for your clothes….
IRONS: Choosing an iron with a steam feature is best and for steam irons, a plain cotton cover is the best choice for your ironing board. If you are using an older model iron without the steam feature, you can purchase a silicone-coated cover, which has a smooth surface for easy gliding and it will hold more heat. **Because it’s the heat that gets out the wrinkles.
IRONING BOARDS: Is there a difference? Yes! First of all, a well made ironing board will save you a lot of hassle and last you forever. Narrow ironing boards are better for ironing shirts, women’s and children’s clothing. (They also store easier.) Wide boards are better for men’s pants, tablecloths, curtains and sheets.
Buy one with rubber grips on the feet so it won’t wobble or slide, with adjustable height and with a secure cotton cover and pad.
Want the bells and whistles? Buy one with a built-in iron rest, cord minder, garment rack and wheels.
STARCH + SIZING: Starch is make from plants (usually corn) and it better to use on natural fibers. Sizing is made from cotton and used on synthetic materials. Both will give your clothes a crisp finish. If you want your natural-fiber clothing to be less stiff – use sizing instead of the starch.
How do you use it? Lightly coat your garment with either starch or sizing – roll it up and let it sit for a few minutes so the fibers can absorb the spray before you iron it. If you need to, you can spray more onto collars and cuffs – just spray lightly and use your fingers to spread it around the material. Let it rest for a minute and iron.
MAKE YOUR OWN STARCH: Can you? OF COURSE YOU CAN! Add 1 tablespoon of organic cornstarch to 1 pint (2 cups) of distilled water. Stir to dissolve and transfer to a spray bottle with a fine mister. Store it in the refrigerator and shake well before using to break up any clumps that may have formed while not in use.
CLOTHING: Make sure you are always using the correct setting on your iron for specific fibers – also check the label on your garments as some fibers are not meant for the iron. The best way to care for your clothes right after ironing is to let them rest for at least 5 minutes (and up to 20) before wearing or hanging back in your closet. Letting the fabric cool will make new wrinkles less likely to form.
I happen to love ironing and doing laundry. It’s a peaceful activity and I take pride in maintaining mine and my family’s clothes so they’ll last us all a very long time.
It is my intention always to be thoughtful, to speak from the heart and to share knowledge that makes my life better and that you might benefit from. Be inspired to live well and aspire to be aware. ♥
Intuitive Holistic Wellness Coach + Energy Healer.