A pile of clothes folded

What Do You Have To Iron?

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 the kids, cooking dinner, sitting down for 5 minutes. Time has taken a serious hit since Zee arrived and that means the ironing pile can fairly mount up before I can tackle it.

a green iron on a shirt
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Can’t You Just Stop Ironing?

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.

I know plenty people who fold their clothes straight out of the drier, but I’ve never been that kind of person. I try to use the tumble drier as little as possible, and folding happens as and when I have time – and that is rarely while clothes are still warm.

Do You Need To Iron Shirts?

JHogg works in an office, so it is expected of him that he will wear a shirt. Naturally they need ironed, whether it is by him or by me. I hate seeing someone in a shirt that clearly hasn’t been ironed. It is scruffy and unprofessional looking.

I do have a confession though – I cut corners when ironing JHogg’s shirts and rarely iron shirts properly these days. 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.

Shirts aren’t the only items I insist on ironing. Even with 2 little kids at my feet I always feel better for it – so it’s worth investing a bit of time each week to get the ironing done. If you’re only going to iron a few items then make sure you know what you need to iron, and what can be skipped.

Mens shirts on hangers
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5 Items You Should Always Iron


Like I said above, shirts always need ironed. It always makes me cringe when I see someone in a crumpled shirt, especially in a corporate situation. Even now, when I work from home and rarely have a need for formal shirts, I still iron my casual shirts and blouses. It makes me feel more put together, even if I haven’t had a chance to wash my hair and am screeching at the kids.

Pillow Cases

If you can’t be bothered to iron the whole bedding setting – trust me when I say it is worth ironing the pillow cases. It’s not for the aesthetics, but more for the feel. Lying your head on a crisp pillow case at the end of the day feels so good.


Some of my dresses don’t need ironing – and I probably wouldn’t be lying if I said they were my favourite. But of the rest of them, I always make sure I iron them. The way a dress lies can be really affected by creases and the way it has dried. Ironing a dress and hanging it up straight after will keep it fresh for when you want to wear it.


I always find that jeans don’t really need ironed if you fold them before wearing them, but chinos definitely do. The are really easy to iron but it is totally worth the effort. Spend a few moments taking out the creases for a smarter look in the office or socially.


As with shirts, any kind of uniform should always be ironed. When you wear a uniform you are representing someone, whether it is the business you work for or a club you are part of. Put your best foot forward and iron your uniform.

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/

50 thoughts on “What Do You Have To Iron?”

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. Becky @ Educating Roversi

    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

  6. 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

    1. 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!

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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!:)


    1. 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!

  10. 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

  11. 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!

  12. ShinnersandtheBrood

    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

  13. 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!


    1. 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!

  14. 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!

    1. 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

  15. 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

    1. 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!

  16. 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).

  17. Jaylan - Diapers at Dawn

    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

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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

  21. 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 ?


    1. 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

  22. 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

  23. 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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