Why iron your clothing when most of it has synthetics in the fabric that keep it from wrinkling?
Why even bother when you have so so much else to do?!
For the most part, ironing is a lost art but an art that actually has many hidden lessons that come out as you take the time to iron. At least in my humble opinion!
So, in this mini-series, I am taking the time to share with you about the lost art of ironing and why you might want to take the time to iron.
Life Before Synthetic Fabrics
Before synthetic fabrics were common way back in the 50’s and early 60’s, women used to put starch into clothes as part of the washing process and then iron Every. Single. Item. Women used to iron pillow cases as well as dainty handkerchiefs. Starched clothes were so stiff and uncomfortable to wear.
How To Avoid Ironing
I don’t iron T-Shirts, jeans, or casual khaki pants. Just so you know, I don’t iron our pillow cases either.
Even though most clothes today have a percentage of synthetic or polyester included in the fabric blend, if you are not careful in washing your clothes, you will still end up with a wrinkled mess.
It is all in how you wash and process the clothes that will make all the difference.
Don’t overload the machine
Don’t over dry the clothes as the hems will curl
Take them out and fold them immediately or lay them flat in a stack
Folding clothes makes all the difference in keeping them relatively wrinkle free
Keeping your clothes neatly folded in your drawers or hanging them will keep them ready to wear
What I Do Iron
I iron all our church clothes even if they are made from synthetic fabric. I will just touch them up at the hems.
I wash church clothes together because even permanent pressed fabric will wrinkle when added to a heavy load of jeans and sweats.
I iron blouses and skirts.
I know that clothing gets wrinkled within minutes of putting them on but there is something about starting off fresh for the day that I love.
I like to look my best for the Lord and although someone might not ever look at my curled hem, it is the overall impression that often affects a person.
I am a daughter of the King and I want to look my part!!
I’ve never noticed if your clothes aren’t ironed. I mostly look at your face. I’m just curious, do you iron?
Photo Credit: Emmanuel Zairis (Greek artist, 1876-1948) Women Ironing