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Alternatives to ironing?

intlnews

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Are there alternatives to ironing? I am horrible in ironing so aside from sending everything to the dry cleaners, what other options are there? I tried a hanger and steamer system, but the results were good, but not great.
 

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Originally Posted by sho'nuff
not much else other than what you mentioned sending them to someone to have it done, steaming, or buying non-iron items. just the way the fabric is and life.

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westinghouse

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Jiffy J-2000 steamer.
 

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You might get away with not ironing if your cloth is very good and of a certain kind of weave. -> PG.
 

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honestly once you get used to ironing it's not too bad. i had a shitty $7 target one that i had trouble with, but got a pretty decent one from oddlots for $30 that normally was $80. The weight of the iron made it a lot easier, plus the tip had a nice curve to get around buttons. heck now when im traveling, in a weird way it's kind of satisfying to iron while watching some tv. it did take maybe a dozen or two times before i stopped putting in more wrinkles than i took out, but now its no longer a chore to do it.
 

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if you wash in cold and hang dry (on hangers), you don't need to iron much of an OCBD. i will do the placket and maybe the front and done.

also if you start wearing sweaters all the time, no need to iron.

non-iron shirts are not the solution.
 

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I get shirts laundered when needed and use a steam to maintain upkeep in between. For pants I'm currently experimenting with Supercrease + steaming to maintain a sharp crease and wrinkle free lap.
 

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How are you bad at ironing? I simply don't understand the concept. For me, it's not hard at all. Even with a cheap iron and one of those miniature ironing boards.
 

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No, it is a ballbreaker. Have your shirts done professionally, even if they break a button or two or otherwise sometimes damage them. Steaming is an easier alternative, but you can't really get a proper crease in pants. I even bought one of those high-end Euro steamer irons that was supposed to make it easier, but even that is a piece of shit. I share your pain.
 

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I think ironing is one of those skills that as a well-rounded person you need to master. The key is a quality ironing board and super-thick and padded cover, just like the pros use. There's a very simple order to dress shirts (yoke, front, back, other front side, arms, cuffs, collar back and front). You can cheat with suits and skip back and arms.

I can do a shirt in 5 minutes; pants in 7 or 8 (actually need to take more care with pants).

Having said all that, I take my shirts to the cleaner. $2, light starch, boxed...done! Once in a while I'll be a good samaritan and iron my wife's odd-shaped blouses etc. That usually gets me a free pass for a day or so!
 

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