Sunday, June 20, 2010
Does no one iron anymore? No one I know does on a regular basis. Folks seem shocked when I mention ironing something. Even my mother. Actually, especially my mother. Growing up, we didn’t even own an ironing board. If something absolutely had to be ironed, she would put a towel on a kitchen counter and iron there. I don’t believe that Momma owned an ironing board until she and Ted lived in Chicago and the maid demanded that she get one.
I don’t like ironing, but some things need to be ironed – table linens, the khakis that I wear to work every day and I iron Mr. Kim’s dress shirts. I just don’t see wasting the money on sending them to the laundry when they take just over a minute each. It ends up taking maybe 10 minutes a week to do 5 shirts. And even figuring in the cost of water, electricity, starch, etc., I can’t believe that it doesn’t save money. Most things that used to need ironing don’t anymore. I remember going with my grandmother to drop off multiple baskets of clean laundry every week. She had a lady near her office that would iron everything in the baskets and then Grandma Jean would pick them up after work. It seemed like she put all of her laundry in those baskets – clothing, Granddaddy’s coveralls, towels, sheets. I am NOT a sheet ironer (those people really are whackaloons).
Of course, everyone has different priorities. I don’t count the pennies when I’m grocery shopping and we eat out at good restaurants a lot more than most people we know. I could care less what kind of car I drive, as long as it is dependable and cheap to drive. There is a whole other blog in the idea of what is the difference between ‘want’ and ‘need’ for folks.
So – does anyone but me iron anymore? And if not, what do they do about wrinkly stuff in their homes? Someone is buying irons. After all, you can still find an array of irons in any Target or Walmart. They aren’t exactly in the category of a wringer:
I actually remember wringer washers. My babysitter had one. If I had to deal with one of those, I'd send everything to the laundry.