How to Iron Clothes Quickly

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Ironing is often thought of as a time-consuming (and therefore dreaded) chore, but with a few helpful tricks it can prove to be a quick and enjoyable task.

The best approach to have with ironing is to reduce the amount of wrinkles that your clothing accumulates in the first place--this includes taking steps during the wash and dry cycles to eliminate any unnecessary creases. Many people make the mistake of leaving their freshly laundered garments in a heap until they are ready to be ironed, which only adds to the wrinkles and workload for later.

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Set up your ironing board near your wardrobe so you will be able to easily hang up your newly ironed garments. Place a sheet of aluminium foil underneath the ironing board sleeve to heat both sides of your garments when you press them.

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Fill a spray bottle with water and have your spray starch on hand. If you prefer to make your own spray starch, then add 2 tbsp of cornstarch to 2 1/2 cups of water in a separate spray bottle and shake well before each use.

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Iron your clothing that requires the lowest heat setting first--for example, delicate and wool items. It's much faster to work your way up then to wait for a hot iron to cool down. Spray any creased areas lightly with water, or use starch for clothing that needs stiffness added to it.

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Iron shirts with buttons, embroidery or graphics inside out. The creases will be removed without having to painstakingly manoeuvre around any detailing.

Fold pleated items such as skirts and trousers so they appear as you would wear them when ironed. Press from the waist band down in the direction of the pleat, and iron in sections. Pleats will look crisp without your having to iron every single panel.

Smooth out lined garments by turning them inside out and ironing the lining layer--this will get all of the major kinks out first. Continue by turning the garment right side out and pressing any remaining creases.

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Spray jeans and heavy fabrics with water before pressing for faster results. In a rush, jeans only need the legs ironed as wrinkles on the top will disappear as they are worn.

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Insert a rolled towel into cuffs and sleeves to provide an arm form. Use the steam function to blast away creases.