Ironed Linens


Hi everyone!

Okay, so I had some free time and of course the first thing I thought to myself was, “Hey Diann! Free Time! Woohoo! You know you want to iron some linens!” Okay, so that NEVER rarely happens. But, I really do try to iron a few linens a week.

I love to use the tabletop iron for this because I can just sit down and iron all the little hankies, doilies or napkins without destroying my back.

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But, it is so aggravating when you have spent that time ironing something and then fold it, put it back in the drawer just to pull it out one day to use and it is all wrinkled again. I used to hang them up with clips but, I just don’t have the room to do that all the time.

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Now, this is how I keep them wrinkle free for later use.

tip of the week 024Yup, an empty paper towel roll.

tip of the week 025All nice and rolled with no fold marks or wrinkles.

tip of the week 026I keep a square lined basket that I use for all the ironed and rolled linens.

tip of the week 027Now, I can just pull a roll of napkins or other small linens to use and know they are still nicely ironed. I reuse the cardboard rolls until I can’t use them any more.

So, save those cardboard paper towel rolls!

Another tip: The easiest way to iron linens is to iron them when they are still slightly damp from the dryer. If after you ironed them and they are still damp, hang them to completely dry before putting them away.

22 comments :

  1. Great tip Diann, anything to cut down on the ironing! I just read about storing pie dough rolled and in the freezer too:@)

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  3. Diane, Geez I would have never thought of this. I have a basket of linens waiting to be ironed..........when I have some free time, yeah right.

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  4. That's a great idea Diann. I am so limited on space that what few linens I have always seem to get crunched and I have to iron them before using them.

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  5. Rolling small linens is a great idea. I don't have closet space for mine either, so they are folded in a basket in the dining room.

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  6. Great tip Diann! Love the fresh look of ironed linens! I will start saving those paper towel rolls. hugs, Linda

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  7. I used to work as a makeup artist in a high end store. I vowed when I left that I would never iron (or wear tights) again! I stayed true to my word...BUT THEN...
    when Gracie was litle she had been such a good girl I took her to Cracker Barrel and told her she could have any toy she desired. In front of her was a play ironing board and iron. On the top of her little girl lungs she asked, "What is THAT THING?"
    Heads turne to look at me, eyes filled with disgust and pity toward a mother who obviously didn't care enough about her child to iron her pretty things. I was ashamed.
    Eh, it passed. We still live in yoga clothes and stretchy lycra things. Every now and then I pull out the iron to smooth the drapes or somesuch thing...just so she knows what an iron is! LOL!
    I love the clever use of the paper towel roll!
    What are you going to do with all your spare time now?

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  8. Brilliant! It always upsets me when I take a piece out of a drawer and it's wrinkled and I must start all over. Problem solved. Thanks bunches♥♥♥

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  9. Great tip! Why didn't I think of that. I have some I need to iron now but did not want to cram them in the china cabinet drawer. Thanks for sharing!

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  10. OMG. When I began reading this post, I immediately thought - tell her about the cardboard rolls fron paper towels and wrapping paper. And here you already knew it. It is something I learned from my mother-in-law.

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  11. Huh! How flippin simple is that! Clever girl.

    Jo

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  12. That is such a great idea. Thanks for sharing.
    I like the idea of the meal planning too.

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  13. I remember seeing my husband's aunt do that several years ago and thought she was so smart. Well I never did adopt that wonderful idea, thanks for the reminder and I am starting today to save my paper towel rolls.

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  14. I, too, remember seeing this done somewhere, but had forgotten about it. Great idea. How about tablecloths, how do you store those w/o having all the fold creases when you put the cloth on the table?

    That recipe for the sausage sounds delish. I will be trying that soon.
    CAS

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  15. Fantastic idea! But actually I was considering getting rid of my ironing board! I never iron!

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  16. I don't know if any of you are old enough to remember but, back in the olden days they would put the damp linens and cloths in the freezer, let them get some ice crystals on them, then iron. Beautiful!! I still do that today with my small items.

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  17. D,

    Wonderful tip! Just remember that there is acid in the paper roll, so if you are going to store your vintage linens for any amount of time you need to consider putting some acid free tissue between the roll and the linen to keep it from permanent damage.
    Love your site and view it as often as you post. Have a great Sunday!

    Michelle

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  18. Hi Diann! OMG I am so happy you stopped by my blog! I just got to stop by from my comment page and didn't realize who you were...The Thrifty Groove....I have been popping in, but never really let a comment...you have such a following and you are so inventive and inspiring. The way I use vintage hankies and towels in my creations, that tip is very handy..
    duh..why am always having these moments?
    Now that we know where we are in blogland, lets nit be strangers. The next time you stop over you'll find yourself on my bloglist;)

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  19. I love freshly ironed linens but hardly eve do it! What a great tip using the paper towel rolls. I am an ogre when it comes to letting my family use paper towels but this would make a great second use for it.

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  20. There is a haberdshery shop very near to us and I am going to go and raid the back of their shop. There are always heaps of empty fabric rolls there. I have too many linens to wait for the kitchen rolls to become available!

    Jo

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