I moved to a new place with in-unit washer and dryer a few months ago. Since I started using those machines, my button-down casual and dress shirts come out of the laundry extremely wrinkled. Jeans also end up wrinkled enough that they usually require ironing. I've almost never had to iron clothes in the past. Now I spend quite a bit of time ironing everything, and it's especially difficult and time-consuming because the wrinkles are so severe. How can I stop this from happening? Ideally I want to go back to those blissful days of not ironing at all. A few pertinent facts inside. [more inside]
Toronto-filter: Is there a good place to get shirts (both male and female) washed and ironed for a reasonable price? I've tried dry cleaners but while male shirts seem to be ok from a price perspective (although still expensive), female shirts (exact same material, some form of cotton blend) are charged at twice and sometimes three times the price, even though they are, almost literally, just smaller men's shirts. Any recommendations would be helpful. Thanks.
Clothes lovers and metafilter others, help me find a better iron or come up with an alternative. [more inside]
Are clothes steamers a useful alternative to ironing? [more inside]
I have some cotton pants
that I just washed for the first time (prior to now, I've worn only wool pants that were dry cleaned or jeans that were very sparingly machine washed). The new cotton pants were washed on the cold cycle and came out of the dryer (warm or hot, can't remember, but the pants are machine washable/dryable) with large patches of faded-looking spidery marks on the legs. I've ironed the pants, with lots of sprayed water, but the marks are still there. Have I ruined them, or is there something that can be done to get them back to a nice even navy blue all over?
Inspired by today's question about choosing between garment steamers, I've just decided that I need need need
a garment steamer, because I am not equipped to iron. My budget is smaller, and so is my storage. [more inside]
I want to do this Ikea hack
, but I have some questions about how to make it durable, since I will be, well, ironing on it. [more inside]
How can I get faster at ironing shirts? [more inside]
Why do different pure cotton shirts suggest that they be ironed at very different temperatures? [more inside]
How do I iron a shirt? [more inside]
Help me find an honest, reliable person to come to my apartment and iron my clothes. I'm in Manhattan, Upper East. [more inside]
Why no "on/off" switch on cloth irons? [more inside]
Searching for good household cleaner for Wimbledon (SW19), London [more inside]
My ironing board is broken. The lever-thingie that you use to close it fell off, and I can't figure out how to put it back in. I would like to know how the closing mechanism works, how to release the catch, so that a) I might not need a new board or b) if I do need a new one, it won't be a pain to carry an open ironing board 5 flights down to the sidewalk.
Help me iron! [more inside]
Can using an electric iron for a long period of time and then washing your hands with cold water (or opening a refrigerator and standing in front of it) kill you?
I know this question sounds whacky... more inside-> [more inside]
Recommend a steam iron that doesn't spit and leak. [more inside]
GrowingUpFilter: In the middle of changing my look (as previous thread attests). I want to go slightly smarter, and have been buying some shirts lately. Quite expensive ones (for me, at least). Except, I can't figure out how to iron the damn things. Sleeves askew, collars curled. Should I get them laundered instead? Also, what exactly defines a good fit on a shirt? Should it look like a second skin? Where should it puff and billow?