5 ways to spend less time ironing

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How to spend less time ironingEkaterina Goncharova

No one wants creased bedsheets or a scruffy looking work shirt, so while you may hate ironing, it's a necessary chore to tick off your list. Fortunately, there are ways you can speed up the process and get back to doing the things you enjoy.

We asked the experts at the GHI for five ways to spend less time ironing. Here's what they said.

1. When it comes to sheets, cheat!

There is something particularly delicious about the feeling of crisp, freshly-ironed sheets as you slip into bed for the night. But sheets and duvets can be time-consuming and cumbersome to iron, especially if you’re taking on double or king size bedding.

Save time by folding duvet covers or flat sheets in half, being careful to keep them taut to avoid wrinkles. It’s easiest to fold them lengthways so they fit better on the ironing board. Turn up your iron’s steam function to its maximum setting and just iron one half of the bedding. Providing your iron produces a decent amount of steam, it will smooth creases out of both layers.

You can just about get away with doing the same for fitted sheets if you don’t iron right into the gathered corners – good enough when they’ll be covered with pillows and other bedding anyway.

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2. Time your tumble drying strategically

Whenever possible, time the tumble dryer to finish its cycle when you can empty it straightaway. Folding T-shirts while they’re still warm will get rid of the worst of the creases, and if you can get polycotton shirts onto hangers before they cool completely, you may well get away without ironing them, either.

3. Don’t make work for yourself

There’s no point sorting laundry twice when once will do. When you take garments off the washing line, don’t sort them into ironing and non-ironing piles. Instead, set up the iron and ironing board before you take your washing in (this gives the iron time to heat up properly) then iron whatever you need to as you sort through the clean laundry.

4. Keep them damp

Don't think that they'll be easier to iron after tumble drying. Creases that are embedded during a hot dry can actually be more stubborn. Instead, get in quick and iron while your clothes are still damp.

5. Upgrade your ironing board cover

When your ironing board is next due a makeover, opt for a cover with a heat reflective metallic surface, such as the Minky Reflector Ironing Board Cover. This helps direct heat and steam from your iron back onto the underside of the fabric you are ironing, to get rid of creases more easily.

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