How to Iron

Wrinkled clothes make you look disheveled and unprofessional. Get 5 tips on how to iron from the Domestic CEO.

Amanda Thomas
6-minute read
Episode #58

How to Iron a Dress Shirt

Tip #4: Ironing Technique

Over the last few years, I’ve had the opportunity to iron several times a week for my Moxie Girl clients (since I love to iron, I really enjoy those days!). With hundreds of ironing sessions worth of experience, I’ve figured out some techniques that help improve efficiency and quality.

  • Step #1: Smooth everything out with your hands before applying the iron. This will allow you to quickly move the iron over the item without having to continuously move the item around.

  • Step #2: Move the iron in straight lines. It may be tempting to wiggle the iron around in a fancy motion, but you are exponentially increasing your risk of ironing a wrinkle into the clothes when you do that. Just put the iron on one end of the item, and pull it toward the other end. Then, move a couple of inches to the side and do it again. Any potential wrinkles will get pushed to the end of the fabric, and eventually off the item.

  • Step #3: As often as you can, only iron one side of an item. For example, let’s say you are ironing a pair of pants. If you lay one leg out flat, smooth it with your hands, and then move the iron from the crotch to the foot of the pants, there’s a good chance that you just removed wrinkles from both the front and the back of the pants. Don’t iron the back of the pants if they don’t have wrinkles. If you find yourself having to flip the pants over, and over, and over again, you probably aren’t smoothing them out enough before you iron. Take an extra few seconds before the iron touches the fabric, and you’ll save yourself minutes on each item.

Tip #5: Start Simple and Practice, Practice, Practice

If you are just learning how to iron, start with very simple items first. Typically plain cotton t-shirts and jeans are a great place to start. Even if these are items that you normally wouldn’t consider ironing, you can practice on them because they are such simple structures. Stay away from things like cargo pants, and pleated skirts for now. Those types of clothes are not for the faint of heart and take much more patience to tackle. Practice on the simpler items first, and work your way up from there.

So those are the 5 beginner’s tips on how to iron. You may be wondering about Amy’s second question about her clothes getting wrinkled soon after she irons them. This likely has little to do with the actual ironing of the clothes, and more about what fabric they are, how they are being worn, or how they are being stored. Some fabrics are very easily wrinkled, so when you sit with your back against the seat on your 30-minute commute, they will end up wrinkled no matter how much time you spend ironing them.

Or, if your closet is packed and your clothes are crammed, they aren’t able to hang straight and will therefore get wrinkled. In my episode, 6 Rules for an Organized Home, I talk about this in more detail, so make sure to check that out. If your closet is stuffed to the brim and your clothes look like they’ve been chewed, I recommend checking out my episode on How to Organize Your Closet for tips and tricks on making the most of your storage space.

When you have the space to hang your freshly ironed clothes right away, it will help keep them looking great until you put them on. Then, by taking small steps like smoothing your skirt before you sit down or pulling your shirt smooth before you lean back, you will help prevent the wrinkles that you create during your day.

Remember to keep an eye out on my Facebook wall and twitter feed where I’ll be posting pictures and blogs with specific techniques on how to iron any item in your closet. You can find me on twitter @thedomesticceo

Until next time, I’m the Domestic CEO, helping you love your home.