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How To Iron A Shirt
Posted By Ron On May 19, 2008 @ 2:00 AM In Debt,Frugality,Life | Comments Disabled
There are all sorts of ways to be frugal with your life. You can make your own laundry detergent , cut your own hair , shop at yard sales , of grow your own vegetables . All are great ideas! Another thing you can do is stop using the cleaners to take care of your laundry and ironing. Yikes! Did he say IRONING?
Ironing a shirt isn’t the difficult process many claim. If you’ve seen the prices ($3+/each and up), you can only imagine how much money you can save each month by doing it yourself. I usually iron about 5 shirts at a time so I have a full week’s worth of shirts available. Of course, this is also a great way to use a “carrot” for your kid’s allowance !
Equipment you’ll need:
1. Always read and follow the “proper care label” in your clothing before ironing. Read it again just to be sure. Some articles of clothing  require special care and must be ironed in certain ways with specific temperatures to avoid damage.
2. Turn the iron on and let it warm up. Irons take a few minutes to reach proper temperature so give it time to heat up to the level your article of clothing  requires.
3. If you’re ironing a shirt like the one in the picture, always start with one that is freshly laundered.
Place it on a hanger, button the top button and spray starch (lightly or heavily depending on your preference) on the entire shirt. Allow the starch to penetrate the fabric for about 30 to 45 seconds. Starch that isn’t allowed to penetrate the fabric will produce flakes that look like dandruff. Not cool.
4. Iron the collar first. I always start with the back side of the collar and when it comes to the starch, I put the spurs to it! Allow this additional starch to penetrate and then, starting with one corner, begin pressing the collar with one hand while pulling the collar gently with the other hand. This gentle pulling action will prevent wrinkles from appearing on the fabric as the iron is pushed across it. Flip the shirt over and iron the side of the collar that will be visible, taking care to press out any wrinkles that may have mysteriously appeared.
5. Iron the cuffs next. I always press mine flat, but some people prefer to iron theirs while buttoned. It’s your choice but take your time. The cuffs always drive me crazy.
6. Next, I always iron the yoke (shoulders) by sliding the shirt over the pointed end of the ironing board. Some shirts will allow me to press both shoulders, but with others I have to iron one shoulder at a time. I think it’s just how the shirt is cut. Take your time and hit the “extra steam” button if you need to.
7. Iron the sleeves next and here, I really take my time to insure I get a good crease in the sleeves. Sometimes I spray additional starch to help the crease last all day.
8. Next, move to the back. I slide the shirt over the square end of the ironing board and usually have to do this section in two passes. Don’t avoid the seams. Iron those as well.
9. Turn the shirt over and iron the right side of the front. Make sure you iron between all the front buttons, but avoid placing the iron directly on them. Buttons can melt. Trust me. Not good.
10. Iron the left side of the front. Usually the front pocket is here and I like it to be extra crisp. Pay attention to the part of the shirt where button holes are located. Skip this section and the whole shirt looks bad.
So, collar, cuffs, shoulders, sleeves, back, front. What’s so significant about the order? By ironing shirts in this order, you don’t wrinkle up the larger sections while trying to get to the smaller sections.
I know some people will claim that anything that takes time away from their other income producing activities is a net drain on their time and income so they don’t have time to iron. I agree. But please show me someone who is actively producing income 100% of the time. Use time that you aren’t actively producing income to iron a few shirts and you can save $65 or more each month to invest  in some other way. ($65/month at 8% over 35 years is almost $150,000) Heck, iron a few shirts while you’re busy watching a brain numbing TV show and at least you’ll be producing something during that time! Be sure and invest  the money though! THAT’S the key.
Don’t get caught up in the myth that “I make $25/hour at my job so I’ll pay someone $15/hour to iron my shirts.” This only makes sense if ironing actually does take time away from significant income producing opportunities. But, just for good measure, don’t iron your shirts at work unless you actually work for a dry cleaner!
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