Maybe it’s your first time away from home or maybe it’s just been a while since you last had to do it, but at some point in life everyone needs to know how to use an iron. If that’s you, this guide is here to help. Read on to learn how to iron a shirt, how to iron pants, and how to prepare your clothes for ironing.
Step 1: Wash your clothes
Before you start learning how to iron clothes, you need to know how to wash them. Heat can seal in stains and odours so ironing dirty clothes will only make things harder.
First, check the clothing label for guidance on how to wash your clothes and how to iron them – if you’re not sure what all the symbols mean then our guide can help.
Next, turn your attention to your washing machine. You want to set it to the right temperature and spin cycle for the fabrics you’re washing and use a trusted detergent like Skip or Surf. For more tips, read our article on ‘how to use a washing machine’.
Step 2: Let them dry
A little moisture can help the iron glide more easily on clothes – especially if it doesn’t have a steam button – but ironing your clothes while they’re wet might damage the fabric or cause creases to be more pronounced. Make sure they’re dry before you start.
Step 3: Gather your tools
To start learning how to iron, you’ll need:
- An iron
- Some water
- An ironing board
Then you need to master how to use an iron. Once your iron is filled with water and plugged in, set the temperature dial on the iron to the correct setting and wait for it to heat up. If you’re not sure what temperature to use, start low and gradually increase. Finer materials like silk can be extra sensitive to heat so you may want to iron them through a clean cloth.