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Our guide is packed with expert tips to help you save time on your ironing, from when to use continuous steam to how best to target really stubborn creases.
Read on for advice on buying ironing boards and if you should use ironing water.
Of all the household tasks, ironing is one many of us dread the most. It can be time-consuming and, if you get it wrong, you risk doing permanent damage to your favourite piece of clothing.
Make your life easier and avoid ruining your clothes with our top tips:
Even the most proficient ironer is only good as their iron, so you could benefit from finding a reliable, efficient model. If you think yours might be past its best, there are plenty of new models to choose from in our irons reviews area.
If you're struggling to get through your ironing pile, it's worth taking a closer look at your ironing board. Does it have a lumpy cover that means you're ironing creases into your clothes? Or is it set at an awkward height?
The best ironing boards are made of mesh and have thick padding, but even these vary considerably.
Some are better suited to those who like to iron while sitting down, others are long and wide enough for bulky bed covers or curtains, or helpfully angled to support the shoulders on shirts or blouses.
Make sure your ironing board suits your needs, or you could be spending longer than you need hunched uncomfortably or struggling to manoeuvre large items of laundry.
You might already be using ironing water - fragrant, distilled water - for your steam iron. Available in various scents, manufacturers claim that it prevents limescale build-up in irons, makes stubborn creases easier to shift and makes fabrics smell extra fresh.
It typically costs around £1-2 for a bottle, but a small handful of brands can charge up to £15 a bottle.
However, this could be one luxury that just isn’t worth your money. In fact, lots of steam iron manufacturers actually advise against using ironing water.
One of these is . A representative told us that ‘scented or treated waters can damage your iron or generator, as the chemicals leave residue which can damage seals and moving parts. Treated water can also have a higher boiling point, which can result in incomplete steam generation.’
Rather than fragranced water, advises using tap water or distilled water in your iron for the best results. If you live in a hard water area, you can also mix a combination of 50% tap water and 50% distilled water to help prevent limescale build up.