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How to Iron Like a Man

Get a man's perspective on the art of ironing in this post featuring some great feedback from listener Dave.

By
Amanda Thomas,

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How to Iron Like a Man

I love getting emails from Domestic CEO readers and listeners. It really helps me to get to know you and your needs better. So if you have a question or comment, don’t hesitate to email me at domesticceo@quickanddirtytips.com.

This past week I got an email from Dave, who had some great feedback on my episode, How to Iron.

Dave explained that he and his wife are in their early 40s. A few years ago his wife started developing severe rheumatoid arthritis which limits what she can do around the house. So being a great husband, Dave has taken over most of the domestic duties, including ironing. After he listed to my How to Iron episode, Dave sent me a few tips that he has learned since taking over the domestic duties in his home.

Here are Dave’s top 5 tips:

1. Get rid of the iron and ironing board and get a steamer. I've found them much easier to use and I spend much less time steaming than I did ironing.

2. Take shirts out of the dryer and hang them right away rather than letting them sit wrinkling in the dryer or in a laundry basket.

3. Donate any item of clothing that is 100% linen. And then make a resolution with yourself to never buy anything linen again. It's just not worth the hassle.

4. If you must own something made of linen, accept the fact that linen will get wrinkled and that's just the way it is. You will never be able to achieve inner peace until you accept this fact.

5. To help deal with closet wrinkle, hang clothes in the bathroom when you take a shower in the morning. It won't deal with any major wrinkles, but it will give clothes a little extra steaming to help with some of the wrinkles that happen during storage.

I guess Dave’s tips should be called, “How to NOT Iron.” Regardless of what we call them, I hope you all enjoyed his tips on how to iron as much as I did.

Man Ironing and Hole in Shirt photos from Shutterstock.

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