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What Happened to Ironing? By Meicka “J”

Meicka1Ironing our clothes is not the priority it used to be. When was the last time you pulled out an iron? Do you even know where you stored your ironing board? Most of us will iron an item if it’s a special occasion or the item was really wrinkled. My mother would set a day aside strictly for ironing. She would iron everything from curtains to pillowcases. She still irons diligently; a can of starch and a quality iron is her best friend. I, too, inherited “ironing skills”. Ironing for me was therapeutic, while sitting in front of my favorite television shows.

I cannot tell you the last time I’ve ironed anything. I always smooth my wrinkles out by using the clothes dryer. I know it’s cheating but 15 minutes in the dryer gets the job done. Isn’t that why dryers offer “wrinkle free” settings? What’s an ironing board? Oh! It’s that thing that I store folded clothing on in my basement.

There are reasons ironing is not needed. Most fabrics do not require ironing. Clothing nowadays is spandex friendly so why bother? If you hang your clothing upon exiting the dryer, wrinkles will not have time to develop. Most of us are so consumed with other things. Is there really enough time in the day to iron? I just have better things to do with my time. It has been reported that if you place a wrinkled shirt in the dryer with a small wet towel, it will steam your shirt and knock out the wrinkles. I will continue to use the dryer to knock out my wrinkles. I still own an iron, but it only comes in handy for emergencies or when requested. I don’t think anyone notices that I rarely use an iron. I can live without creases, which is why ironing is not a priority in my life!