Month: July 2014

Freshly Pressed

There is just about nothing better than a freshly pressed garment. Something about pulling that crisp fabric on makes you feel like you could take on the world. Yes, it takes a lot of time (or costs a lot of money if you choose to take it to the dry cleaners) but it is so worth it. Also, you never see anyone on GMA with a wrinkled skirt. Am I right? 🙂 Here are some of my favorite tips for getting that perfect, recently ironed look.

Clean Steam Delivered

1. Wrinkle Release and a Hair Dryer

We don’t always have time to iron clothes before we wear them, but we still need to look crisp, especially for work.  Spraying some wrinkle release on the item and then blowing it with your hairdryer could be just the trick to shake those wrinkles.  Do bear in mind, it really only works for light wrinkles and won’t get very many of the tougher crinkles out of your clothes.

2. Iron all at once – it’s an investment of time

Ironing everything at once is seriously going to save so much time in the long run.  I usually do it on Sunday afternoon.  It gives me more time in the morning, and then I have a ton of options for what I want to wear and I don’t have to factor iron time into my morning routine, which means more time for reading the news and drinking my coffee 🙂

3. Learn to Iron
It seems so simple, but so often I realize that I wasn’t exactly paying total attention to my mom all those times she was trying to teach me to iron, and now that I live away from home, I have to figure it out on my own.  Thank you Better Homes and Gardens for your article on how to iron clothes.  They take you through, step by step, how to iron everything from shirts to dresses.  It’s definitely worth a read, especially if you’re like me and you’re still learning how to iron your clothes!

4.  Steam, Steam, Steam

I LOVE my steamer.  It is one of my favorite gadgets.  It is gentle enough to use on a lot of my silk blouses, but also tough enough to get the wrinkles out of some of my cotton shirts.  

Helpful hint: If you wake up late and don’t have time to do any of this, try hanging your clothes in the bathroom while you’re in the shower.  The steam from the hot water will help release some of those wrinkles!

Do you have any ironing tips/tricks?