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OMO Laundry Tips: Mom’s Guide to Ironing

Washing machines have made life so much easier. It’s a pity that there’s no machine that can do all of the ironing! Here at OMO, we know that laundry takes up a lot of your time so we’ve put together a step-by-step guide that will show you the best and fastest way in which to iron your family’s linen and clothing.

Step 1: Start with your Washing Machine

Cut down on a lot of the work by simply choosing the right cycle on your machine. You’ll find the specific wash care instructions on the labels of your clothing. You’ll notice that some items do not need to be ironed. For the best results, use the ‘permanent press’ option to get the creases out. Remember to invest in a quality detergent  to avoid having to wash clothes more than once in order to get rid of dirt and stains!

Step 2: Drying your Clothes

Read on for a few tips regarding tumble-drying that will help you to cut down on ironing time:

  • Before you toss the wet laundry into the dryer, a few vigorous shakes of each item will help to get rid of the bigger wrinkles, making sure that they aren’t set by the heat.
  • Select a five-minute tumble-dry cycle and then hang the clothes on hangers until dry. Once dry, most of the clothes will be almost crease-free, decreasing the amount of ironing that you will need to put on your to-do list.
  • If you hang your laundry on a clothes horse, use an extra spin cycle to get rid of any excess water. Shake and smooth out each item before hanging.
  • If you use a steam iron, you’ll get the best results by ironing clothes that are slightly damp. So don’t tumble-dry until completely dry.
  • It’s best to iron clothes straight after they come off of the line or out of the tumble-dryer. The longer that they’re folded up in a basket, the more creased the items will become.

Step 3: Steam Irons & Ironing Boards

We’ve put together a list of tips for ironing your clothes:

  • Trade in your conventional dry heat iron for a steam iron to save time.
  • Invest in a vertical steam iron. You will cut ironing time in half as you will not need to keep turning each item over in order to get rid of creases. However, it is important to keep in mind that these irons take up more space and take a few minutes longer to heat up.
  • If you have a mountain of laundry to get through, tackle the delicate fabrics first. Why? Because these fabrics need to be ironed at a lower heat. Start on a low heat and work up to a higher heat as you move on to cottons.
  • Work the iron in strokes away from your body. This ensures that any new creases aren’t forming when you lean over the item of clothing.
  • A spray of water or steam on a stubborn crease will aid in removing it when reapplying the iron.

Keep these helpful tips in mind the next time you take out the ironing board and you’ll be done in a flash, leaving you with more time to spare for your family! For even more laundry tips, click here. If you’re looking for ways in which to keep your little ones busy while you focus on your laundry care, be sure to take a look at OMO’s selection of fun kid’s activities

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