How to iron a shirt / blouse

Turn sleeve over and finish off the back before ironing the second sleeve

This post will give you tips on how to make ironing easy.

Now that your shirts or blouses are clean, it is time to iron them. As you have probably found out already, some fabrics are easier to iron than others and let’s hope that your favourite top is one of them. In any case, you need to iron to iron your garments when they (still) a little damp and, of course, you remembered to give them a good shake after washing.

If you have a brand new iron and live in a hard water area, it will not work properly for very long. To keep it in tip-top condition for longer, you might want to use fragrant ironing water or distilled water (from a car accessories shop), using a water sprayer (or re-using a carefully cleaned cleaning hand-operated sprayer). But to be honest, it is hassle and you end up paying a lot of money for what is basically “just water” (I know, I have done it….). You iron will end up clogged up eventually, that’s just the way it goes. So, don’t bother buying a fantastic steam-generating beauty as it won’t last!

So, let’s assume that your iron is old (mine is not old but the steam function no longer works….), the most important thing to do is to make sure that your clothes are still damp (but not wet). So, fold or roll them in a pile to make sure they don’t dry out too quickly (of course, if you leave wet clothes in a pile for too long, they will end up mouldy and smelly). Tip: If you have a pile of dry shirts you want to iron with your newly washed shirts, hang a sturdy coat hanger over a door opening and place the shirts over each other, alternating dry and damp (so that the dry shirts soak up some of that moisture), roll them in a pile until ready to iron.

Below is how I iron my shirts. Tip: keep a water sprayer at hand for these awkward dry areas!

how to iron shirt - collar

Collar first

How to iron shirt - Back

Along the spine

How to iron shirt - sleeve

Quickly flatten with hands then iron out the sleeve

The cuff might need ironing too

Turn the sleeve over and finish off the back of the sleeve before attacking the second sleeve

Then, slide the iron between each button at the front of the shirt

Slide along the button holes at the front of the shirt

Do up every third button

Iron the bottom part of the shirt

Work your way up the shirt pulling the shirt towards you a little at a time (it might take two to four go's depending on the width of your ironing board and the length of the garment)

The shoulder area now

Fold the collar

Turn the shirt over and iron one side

Finish off with the other side

Carefully lay your shirt on the back of a chair

Depending on where your store your shirts, push a coat hanger up the shirts if they are hung in a wardrobe, or fold them neatly if they go in a drawer or on a shelf.

In any case, if your shirts or blouses are dry, don’t bother ironing them because you will be wasting your time. So, wait for the next load of laundry and re-humidify your dry shirts using your wet ones, alternating dry and wet as mentioned before.

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