Fashion Police Poll: Do you iron your clothes?

Ironing

When we ran our last Fashion Police Poll, on the fascinating subject of white shirts, I was intrigued by the number of people who commented on ironing, their hatred of it, and how their hatred of ironing prevents them buying clothes that require it.

Now, this was no surprise to me. I hate ironing with every fibre of my being. It is far and away my most hated household chore. Despite this, though, I am a compulsive ironer. I can’t stand the thought of putting on creased clothes, so I find myself ironing on an almost daily basis, much to my disgust.

Some people I know, however, just don’t iron. In fact, I know people who don’t even OWN an iron, and who have no intentions of buying one. None of these people use ironing services, either, so it’s always amazing to me that they manage to look perfectly well groomed, even although they will happily admit that their clothes have come straight out of the drier or off the line, and onto their bodies.

This just doesn’t work for me. If I don’t iron my clothes before I wear them, I look like I’ve been dragged through, not one, one but several hedges – backwards. For me, ironing is just one of those things I have to do if I want to look even semi-decent, and I just can’t fathom the idea of spending money on clothes and then wearing them creased – although I often think my clothes would probably last me longer if I was able to just wash and go.

What about you? Do you iron your clothes, or are you in the "don’t even own an iron" camp?

26 Comments

  • Reply March 31, 2008

    Nina

    Generally I don’t iron but a few pieces (shirts, skirts, dresses) that would look awful when creased. I’d iron more if I had (time) an ironing table, though.

  • Reply March 31, 2008

    Melissa

    Most of my clothers don’t require ironing. I try to get clothes out of the dryer right away and fold them so they don’t wrinkle. The only things I iron are a few dresses, skirts and tops, but those don’t get worn that often…mainly cause they need to be ironed. :)

  • Reply March 31, 2008

    Anne-Marie

    I too try and hang my clothes carefully straight from the machine so they don’t crease. We do own an iron but I have never used it – I am actually a bit phobic! They get hot and could burn things!

  • Reply March 31, 2008

    feike

    Thankfully, my fiancee is kind enough to do that for me… because otherwise my whining is intolerable.
    It just never suited me.

  • Reply March 31, 2008

    Haley

    I pretty much only wear cotton or wool, so if I feel like my clothes are a little wrinkly I just pop them in the dryer for a minute right before I leave. It also helps to cut down on the vast amount of cat hair that accumulates on my all-black work clothes.

  • Reply March 31, 2008

    Theresa

    I try to buy mostly no-iron-needed clothes, but I do have a few pieces that need it. And I only wear those if i have absolutely nothing else to wear.

  • Reply March 31, 2008

    Annie

    I bought my first iron today! I am tired of never being able to wear my blouses, so I will definitely be using my iron on a daily basis.

  • Reply March 31, 2008

    Heidi

    I don’t own an iron! I hate ironing with a passion. I remember back when I was a kid, my sister made me finish her ironing job. Usually resulted with me accidentally burning myself or the clothes. So no more ironing for me:) I figure if they are really winkle, I will just hang them up when I shower, the heat will loosen the wrinkles a bit;P

  • Reply March 31, 2008

    Danielle

    I iron if I have time

  • Reply March 31, 2008

    virginia

    Everything that comes out from my washing machine is carefully ironed (even my boyfriend’s boxers), folded and placed in it’s rightful placed. I hate to iron but I hate creased clothes even more…..

  • Reply March 31, 2008

    Natasa

    i do own an iron, but i never use it. i usually buy tight or stretchy clothes, so they don’t need ironing. i also dry my clothes on a clothes line rather than in a dryer, and i take care that they dry in such a position that they wrinkle as little as possible. people around me are generally quite surprised when they hear i don’t iron, so i suppose i manage to look decent most of the time. i have a few things that require ironing, but i never wear them. maybe only for weddings or similar special occasions.

  • Reply March 31, 2008

    edith

    I don’t wear anything that needs ironing. I hate ironing and I only do it if it’s absolutely necessary. That said, unfortunately I have to iron my husbands shirts.

    • Reply November 4, 2011

      Tracey

      I’m confused. Why do you have to iron your husband’s shirts? If he wants HIS shirts ironing surely he can do it himself?

  • Reply March 31, 2008

    Diana

    I don´t wear anything that needs ironing, except for those special ocasions… and I´m carefully of hanging everything so they won´t have wrinkles

  • Reply March 31, 2008

    bookmole

    It’s just a job. With an office-bound Husband and four kids, I have a lot to iron. Be positive – a heap of ironed, clean, ready-to-put-away clothes is an achievement.

  • Reply March 31, 2008

    Victoria Douglas

    I am prone to just taking things that require ironing to the drycleaners, it’s a lazy solution but at least all the work is done for you!

  • Reply April 1, 2008

    Steph

    I’m fortunate enough to be a student, and therefore bone idle. I don’t do laundry, but I presume someone does because my clothes appear back in my room washed and pressed. It’s either my dad doing it or pixies. *hangs head in shame at own laziness*

  • Reply April 1, 2008

    cristina

    My mum has always said how the clothes are dried has a lot to do with it.
    If their hung warm from the drier, they dry great. If you put shirts on coathangers and then hang the coathangers on the line for the shirt to dry, they are practically wrinkle free. If you don’t have a drier, a place with good airflow, a constant breeze, will take a lot of the wrinkles out of your clothes. Living in humid places gives your clothes less wrinkles too.
    I never used to care either way about ironing, but now that I live in a very dry city, in a badly ventilated apartment with no drier, where I have to iron every. single. little. thing. I’ve learnt to thoroughly hate it.
    Which I now go for waking up 10 minutes earlier and ironing just what I need for that day.

  • Reply April 1, 2008

    Fi

    I voted other. I actually don’t mind ironing – yes you can pay me to do yours for you – but I only iron items that really need it, like shirts and certain skirts, dresses and trousers. I never iron jeans and I know one woman who irons underwear – er, why? And another woman I used to work with would constantly bemoan her lack of time and heavy load of housework – it transpired she irons her bedsheets and duvet cover so we told her to shut up!

  • Reply April 1, 2008

    Louise

    I’m genuinely shocked at how many people don’t iron. I hate ironing shirts with a passion so I must admit I pay someone else to do those but I iron everything else (bar lycra gym gear) myself generally while watching some trashy TV. How can you stand to go out with crinkled clothes? Plus a good press can make an inexpensive shirt look infintely more expensive.

  • Reply April 1, 2008

    Chica

    I iron what I have to, i.e the bare minimum!
    I iron skirs and dresses, I hang my tops and work trousers carefully and they don’t crease, yay :o)

  • Reply April 1, 2008

    Chica

    *skirts even, gawd I can’t type today

  • Reply April 1, 2008

    Em

    I buy wrinkle free when I can, and hang everything up straight out of the dryer. If anything ends up a little wrinkly, I either hang it in the bathroom while I shower to steam out the wrinkles, or toss it in the dryer for a few minutes. I’m entirely too lazy to iron. Which may be why I haven’t worn that adorable white linen sundress in my closet in way too long.

  • Reply April 5, 2008

    AngieAreI

    I don’t even own an iron.
    =]

  • Reply April 19, 2008

    Suzann

    I will occasionally buy something that needs to be ironed before wearing, but that item almost never gets worn! Finally have decided to buy stuff that comes out of the dryer looking fairly smooth. I iron about once every two years, and that’s only if everything else is in the hamper.

  • Reply August 18, 2008

    sue

    no, I can’t be bothered

Leave a Reply