Ironing – Do You Do It?

Do you iron your clothes? I've tried cutting back on my ironing because as a new mum I'm running out of time - but I just don't like the look of unironed clothes. I'm looking for some tips on what I can do - leave them in the comments https://oddhogg.com/ironing/

I’m going to get a little controversial here. I’m ready to take on the hard hitting topics. I’m prepared for any backlash.

I want to talk about ironing.

Growing-up my mum ironed everything. Shirts, trousers, bed sheets, tea towels. You name it, she ironed it. So as a result I learnt to iron everything, and continue to do so now.

I have so many better things I could be doing with my time. Seriously. I could be spending time with Piglet, cooking dinner, sitting down for 5 minutes.

Time has taken a serious hit since Piglet arrived and that means the ironing pile can fairly mount up before I can tackle it.

So many people don’t do ironing but I just don’t understand how! Sure I could skip the ironing of my bedsheets, I’ll admit thats probably not strictly necessary. But the reality is I like the feel of clean, crisp, ironed sheets when I get into bed.

JHogg works in an office, it is expected of him that he will wear a shirt. So naturally they need ironed. I hate seeing someone in a shirt that clearly hasn’t been ironed. It is scruffy!

I do have a confession though – I cut corners when ironing JHogg’s shirts. He rolls his sleeves up immediately so usually I don’t bother ironing around the cuffs. Shock. Horror. I know.

What about our every day clothes? I’ve tried folding them straight from the clothes line, but there are peg marks, or they’re still crumpled. If I simply put them in the drawer they’d still be the same when I pulled them out to wear.

I hate the way crumpled clothing looks, and I would hate to think that other people were looking at my family and thought we looked scruffy.

My question to you is this – how do you do it? What is the secret to doing minimal ironing? Am I hanging my clothes up wrong? Am I just an ironing obsessive?

Send help!

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50 Comments

  1. 8th October 2016 / 11:44 pm

    Ooh, I guess I’m in one of those scruffy families. I only iron for weddings, funerals and christenings. Of course, my husband only wears polo shirts to work which don’t really show the wrinkles. My son’s school uniform is a polo shirt too and the M&S trousers do not require ironing. Also, when I did try to iron my husbands shirts he said I put something called “tramlines” in them and now does it himself if he wants it. My mother-in-law irons everything when we visit her. I have to admit it feels nice, but I’m not willing to make the sacrifice. Just please tell me you don’t do underwear or tea towels! #kcacols

    • OddHogg
      Author
      9th October 2016 / 12:36 am

      I’ll admit the odd tea towel has been shown the iron – but never underwear!!

  2. 9th October 2016 / 12:17 am

    My answer is simple: no!!! i am lucky enough that Grumpy Boyfriend doesn’t need to wear a shirt to work and I only buy stuff that doesn’t need ironing. I only do so if he has a meeting he needs to be smart or a wedding. so I reckon twice a year lol #KCACOLS

    • OddHogg
      Author
      9th October 2016 / 12:36 am

      ? I’m twice a week minimum!

  3. 9th October 2016 / 12:50 am

    I don’t iron. I have a small ironing pile in my cupboard – it has been there for about a year. Occasionally I get the ghds out on my clothes for work. You don’t need to iron the whole thing, you just target the odd crease. I am lucky I don’t have a shirt wearing husband (in fact I don’t have a husband, shirt or not). I am much more likely to take something to the dry cleaners than iron – I try to avoid dry clean only clothes too. My work wardrobe is wrap around dresses that dry, crease free over the bath. Perfect.

    • OddHogg
      Author
      9th October 2016 / 10:59 pm

      So I should ditch the husband and my problem would be solved? I’ll get right on that haha

  4. 9th October 2016 / 12:51 am

    Ah, sorry, I should have #KCACOLS on my comment above. Pen x for good measure #KCACOLS

  5. 9th October 2016 / 9:39 am

    Oyyy, I barely can get around to the folding!!!
    Seriously, I don’t remember the last time I ironed something. Actually, I’m not even sure we own an iron…

    But, kudos to you!! I know your clothes probably look much more crisp and clean than mine…haha
    Thanks for sharing! <3 #KCACOLS

    • OddHogg
      Author
      9th October 2016 / 11:08 pm

      we got a new iron for a wedding present – a fancy pants steam one that has made things easier!

  6. 9th October 2016 / 10:12 am

    I know that if I had an ironing pile I would never do it and it would get bigger and bigger. With this in mind, once clothes are dry they go back in the drawers and wardrobes. If I get something out and it needs ironing then I iron it but most of my clothes don’t! I iron for special occasions and holidays when packing. My mum ironed everything, I think I’ve rebelled! #KCACOLS

    • OddHogg
      Author
      9th October 2016 / 11:10 pm

      I tried that but I found I ended up ironing every day lol

  7. 9th October 2016 / 10:36 am

    NO.. I never Iron! I buy clothes that are jersey in style so they don’t need ironing, my children are the same, I hang them up immediately once the washer stops & they don’t have creases. This was even the case when my son had 5 school shirts a week (proper shirts) no creases. Buying the right clothes helps. My bedding never looks creased once it is on the bed and even after it has been stored in the cupboard.
    My sister has a mountain of ironing that she never gets on top of! Life is too short for it ! #bantheiron #KCACOLS

    • OddHogg
      Author
      9th October 2016 / 11:11 pm

      It is definitely too short! I’m trying to cut back but its tough getting used to the slight more rumpled look of the clothes. I’m hoping I’ll get used to it!

  8. 9th October 2016 / 3:01 pm

    Yup, I so hear you on this one. I am an ironer. Purely for my husbands work shirts. But I hate a scruffy look. Woe is me 🙂 🙂 haha – Ironing will be the death of me. #KCACOLS

    • OddHogg
      Author
      10th October 2016 / 11:37 am

      Thats me. I hate doing it….. but I hate the look of not doing it. Might aswell resign myself to a lifetime of ironing!

  9. 9th October 2016 / 6:26 pm

    I only iron what needs to be ironed, work shirts, school shirts, trousers etc. I find this keep the pile from getting too big and I don’t have to spend too long doing it.
    #KCACOLS

    • OddHogg
      Author
      10th October 2016 / 11:54 am

      I like to think I do that – but then I realise that I think everything needs to be ironed haha

  10. 9th October 2016 / 6:58 pm

    Nope not here in my house. Only if it was a very special do or if the OH has taken stuff off the line and thrown in on a heap somewhere without hanging it up first. A good shake when I hang it out and a good shake as it goes on the hanger is all the love my clothes get. I’m more obsessive with washing clothes though, they only have to see one of us and I put it in the wash!:)

    Mainy
    #KCACOLS

    • OddHogg
      Author
      10th October 2016 / 11:54 am

      What I really need is an ironing fairy haha I am also an obsessive washer though….. so you can imagine how big my ironing pile can get!

  11. 9th October 2016 / 8:34 pm

    Hmm, I like freshly ironed stuff but I’ve had to compromise with myself over the years! I iron my husband’s shirts, certain trousers and pillow cases.Then I hand smooth bedding etc when I hang it on the line or airer and then fold it really flat. It’s not quite the same but it’ll do.I agree with peg marks on tops but I try to hang on corners or under arms so less obvious! Def not my fave use of time though! #KCACOLS

    • OddHogg
      Author
      12th October 2016 / 5:38 pm

      There’s definitely a pay off somewhere!

  12. 9th October 2016 / 8:48 pm

    I do it as an when we need it and mr d irons his own shirts for work. I just hate doing it lol. I iron little mans t shirts as they get really crumply and just look crap. no tips here im afraid. I often iron with a podcast on tho! Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday!

    • OddHogg
      Author
      10th October 2016 / 11:56 am

      I often get the iron out and stick a movie on or similar to distract me from what I’m doing!

  13. 10th October 2016 / 9:54 am

    I love ironing, I just don’t have an ironing board 🙁 #KCACOL

    • OddHogg
      Author
      10th October 2016 / 11:56 am

      hahaha thats one way to not iron anything!

  14. 10th October 2016 / 12:03 pm

    It’s on a need-to-iron basis here. I iron about 20% of the laundry. It goes into a basket after it was been dried and then I will tackle it on a weekend morning for an hour. Mr C. wears a shirt to work but he looks after his own laundry entirely. He has his own basket and everything. Lol. People think it’s weird but it works for us! I have a friend who irons every single thing including underwear and teatowels AND she has three kids and a job! I really can’t fathom how! #MarvMondays

  15. 10th October 2016 / 8:23 pm

    my mum irons tea towels! and pants!!

    I used to iron nothing at all, now i do The Boy’s school uniform, or maybe the odd thing if i think it needs it, but as little as possible.

    my mum is horrified. i don’t brush my hair either which she just can’t cope with!

    #marvmondays

    • OddHogg
      Author
      11th October 2016 / 10:15 am

      I can safely say I’ve never ironed pants. Tea towels though…… I’ve done that haha How do you not brush your hair though?! Mine would be a birds nest!

  16. 10th October 2016 / 8:42 pm

    I do some ironing, I don’t iron the sheets because although I love a crisp bed to get into I just can’t be bothered anymore. We have a tumble dryer so as long as I take clothes out within half an hour of it finishing most things don’t need ironing, except for the little frilly things of the girls. I still have to do both mine and Hubbys tops and some trousers because I agree it just looks scruffy otherwise. Scruffy was ok in your early twenties but probably not anymore!
    #KCACOLS

    • OddHogg
      Author
      11th October 2016 / 10:19 am

      I’m still in my 20s 😉 but I just cant rock the “just out of bed” look! We have a tumble drier for the first time this year and I do find I can skip a bit of ironing using that – but anything that is line dried needs ironed

  17. 10th October 2016 / 10:41 pm

    I can’t not iron! If it’s not ironed it’s not getting worn. The only thing I sometimes don’t iron is the fitted sheet on the bed, I can’t not iron the duvet cover! Someone said to me I shouldn’t bother ironing my sons clothes, but I couldn’t let him out without ironed clothes!! #KCACOLS

    • OddHogg
      Author
      11th October 2016 / 10:20 am

      This is me! The duvet is done 100% of the time, as are the pillow cases. Occasionally i’ll let the fitted sheet go on unironed because I’m so over ironing by that point haha. But only because it can’t be seen!

  18. 12th October 2016 / 12:20 am

    I hate ironing. Generally I leave items that require ironing in the basket until I want to wear it. When i first got together with hubby I vowed to do more, but he would scrumple his clothes up in the draw so they never looked ironed anyway. These days its a case of fold while still warm from the dryer (we live in a flat so no washing line).
    #marvmondays

    • OddHogg
      Author
      12th October 2016 / 5:36 pm

      Im embracing folding from the tumble dried – but I like to avoid using it as much as possible

  19. 12th October 2016 / 2:16 pm

    I absolutely HATE ironing! I only do it if I really really need to. When I’m buying clothes I always think about whether it will need ironing or not! x #KCACOLS

  20. 12th October 2016 / 3:53 pm

    So I’ve been thinking about this exact same topic as my ironing basket is now full but I can’t bring myself to do it, like you I would rather do something (anything) else! I’ve recently been toying with the idea of maybe paying someone else to do it, I’ve found someone who does a whole Ikea bag full for £24, but then I’m like oh £24, I could spend that one something else – god my head hurts!!! x #KCACOLS

  21. 13th October 2016 / 1:12 pm

    I don’t iron unless it is a must and I usually buy clothes that don’t need ironing. I don’t hate ironing, it just feels like it takes too long to do it. KCACOLS

    • OddHogg
      Author
      14th October 2016 / 1:36 pm

      I think I must have the wrong clothes. Wardrobe overhaul perhaps? haha

  22. 13th October 2016 / 4:03 pm

    My iron is purple yet it’a been used twice in 7 years and that was the Mr doing his suit haha! We tend to hang our clothes & hope for the best lol #KCACOLS

    • OddHogg
      Author
      14th October 2016 / 1:37 pm

      hahaha of course your iron is purple! Mine has some purple on it too lol

  23. 13th October 2016 / 5:17 pm

    I’m honestly not sure when I last ironed anything. It must’ve been the last time we went to a wedding or a funeral! I’m lucky I suppose in that my husband doesn’t have to wear smart clothes for work, and any creases in his tshirts get hidden under his hoody! x #KCACOLS

    • OddHogg
      Author
      14th October 2016 / 1:39 pm

      haha yes I think if JHogg didn’t need a shirt I’d be less inclined to get the iron out!

  24. 14th October 2016 / 5:32 pm

    Buy non-iron shirts for the kids- they still need to be treated well and hung up immediately after washing. Husband does his own shirts as I ‘do them wrong’ anyway! All other ironing gets folded neatly and stacked in the airing cupboard- sometimes the weight of the pile is enough ? Hate ironing and avoid as much as possible!!! #KCACOLS

  25. 15th October 2016 / 1:14 am

    Im on of those terrible mums that doesnt iron 😉 I used to when our first came along, but havent for the last two – three years since! Anything to avoid the dreaded ironing pile, which I do by making the Mr iron his own clothes (mean, I know!), secondly by ironing as we go along, so I just iron what we need as it, I tumble dry so most things come out without needing an iron (not shirts obviously!) and when we hang things on the line we have these great Brabantia non crease pegs 😉 Hope this helps, thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays again. Emily

    • OddHogg
      Author
      17th October 2016 / 4:51 pm

      JHogg is too busy doing DIY around the house so no chance of him ironing anytime soon!

  26. 15th October 2016 / 2:03 am

    Mmmm we’re the scruffy family!

    The only things that get ironed are shirts, school uniforms and the odd thing that is really badly creased.

    I hope you find a balance ?

    #kcacols

    • OddHogg
      Author
      17th October 2016 / 4:51 pm

      I think balance will be key for sure. There’s no way I’m going to just stop ironing completely – but I do need to find some middle ground

  27. 15th October 2016 / 10:06 am

    Out of all the chores I kind of like ironing. I hate doing the dishes (we don’t have a dishwasher) but ironing I don’t mind as you can do it in front of the TV. I have realised though that I really want a steamer as I’ve seem how they work wonders at our local charity shop, so that’s at the top of Christmas list this year (as sad as that sounds) #KCACOLS

    Nadia – Scandimummy x

    • OddHogg
      Author
      17th October 2016 / 4:53 pm

      We got a big steam iron as a wedding present and it has definitely made life much easier when it comes to ironing

  28. 15th May 2017 / 12:03 pm

    I used to iron bed sheets…for the simple reason that it used to get so cold the sheets felt damp.. but personally official shirts need to be ironed

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