A College Student’s Ironing Guide

According to “Ironing Tips for Organized Living,” an article on the Organization Makes Sense Website, the label tells if a garment can be ironed (iron symbol) and gives the temperature. “The more dots the higher the recommended heat.”

Ironing is a waste of time if the ironing board doesn’t have enough padding. You can buy a board cover and pad set, or add extra padding with a swatch of flannel or old blanket. Secure the extra padding with safety pins.

This prolongs the life of the iron and keeps it from spitting tiny “rocks” of lime.

This recommendation comes from “Ironing Tips,” posted on the OPH Good Housekeeping Website. Work your way to garments that are ironed on a lower setting.

This prevents accidental scorching. Instead of setting the iron on linen, for example, set it on cotton.

┬áIf your college student leaves the iron in place while talking on a cell phone, the garment could be “fried.” In fact, synthetic fabric may melt.

Stubborn wrinkles will disappear if you mist them with water before ironing. A plant mister with a spray nozzle works well for this.

After the garment has been ironed it should be hung up immediately so it doesn’t sag and get new wrinkles. Buttoning the second button from the top holds a shirt or blouse in place.

Thick fabric, fragile fabric, and polyester should be turned inside out before ironing.

The “Ironing Tips” article recommends ironing the sleeves first. I fold the sleeves along the seam line and iron them. Then I iron a front panel, the collar and back of the shirt, and finally, the second front panel.

Cool iron. Putting a hot iron on a shelf could be dangerous. The iron should cool down for 30 minutes before it is put away. Leave the cord loose to prevent kinks in the wire.

Gymnastics outfits, football jerseys, and college t-shirts usually have plastic graphics/lettering on them and they can melt. These items should be ironed on the wrong side or folded and “hand pressed” when they come out of the dryer.

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