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How do you iron a shirt?

Updated on September 20, 2011

Do you know how to iron a shirt?Properly?

I am over a decade older than some of my siblings, and my mother was a lot softer on them. Well, actually completely lax and let them get away with most things.

Because of this I have siblings in their late teens, early twenties that have no idea how to iron a proper shirt at all.

So here is a hub on how to iron a shirt properly.

1) Put the iron on to the hottest setting, if the shirt is made of cotton.If not, please check the tag and do not make the iron, or iron a shirt that says, "Do not iron" on it. This will be marked by a picture of an iron with a cross over it. Then presuming that the label states it is cotton, make sure the iron has plenty of water in it for steam.

2) Lay the shirt down on the ironing board, with the body of the shirt hanging down in front of you. The inside of the collar should be facing you, facing up and flat across the ironing board. Now start at one end and press all the creases out of the collar.

3) Now turn the shirt over so that the back of the shirt is facing you. Can you see the strip seamed in that sits over the back of your neck? Put one shoulder over the end of the ironing board and iron that back piece.

4) Once the collar and back of the neck have been ironed, you need to do the sleeves of the shirt. This is where most people leave big creases in the back of the shirt sleeves. Do not iron the shirt sleeves facing you. Lay the sleeves flat down on the ironing board, as if you were looking at the back of someones shirt. Then you can lay the shirt sleeve flat and iron all the way from the shoulder to the cuff. Now repeat for the second shirt sleeve.

5) Now so one front side by laying the shoulder over the narrow point of the ironing board and then press until there are no creases.

6) Continue turning the shirt around until you have not only ironed the previous front piece, but also the back and the other front piece. There you go, you just ironed your first shirt. It should be crease less.


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  • Ddraigcoch profile image

    Emma 5 years ago from UK

    Tis an art that should be lost in some respects and one certainly shouldn't be a slave to it, yet there is nothing worse than looking like you slept in your clothes imo.

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    Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

    Ah yes, the lost art of ironing! Great job, Ddraigcoch! Voted up and sharing :)

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    Emma 5 years ago from UK

    After years of my Step father throwing me his shirts back when I missed the back of the shoulders etc, I soon learned how to do it properly. Glad this was helpful.

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    alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

    I'm always messing up on the ironing of my shirt, so I appreciate these instructions. Voting this Up and Useful.

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    Emma 5 years ago from UK

    I have a very picky husband and a mountain pile the size of Mount Snowdon,lol.

    No way could I iron socks and knickers but I am guilty of ironing teatowels so they sit nice in the drawer, haha.

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    Eugene Brennan 5 years ago from Ireland

    My extent of ironing is to iron collars and hope the rest of the creases "fall out"!

    A friend irons everything; socks, underwear, face cloths, etc. so that is going to the other extreme!

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    b. Malin 6 years ago

    A little Humor Ddraigcoch...NEVER if I can help it! I try to buy only Perma-Press. However I did find you Hub very Useful with good Sensible tips. Thanks for sharing.

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    Emma 6 years ago from UK

    Thank you kindly for your very gracious compliment Victoria. I wish I never needed to iron. It seems to swallow half of my life.

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    Victoria Lynn 6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

    I used to iron some, until I discovered a spray bottle of water and an iron works just as well or better with what I wear. Perhaps that's not true with men's button-up shirts, but with all my clothes, it works. I'm getting rid of my ironing board! Great, practical, informative hub, though, for those who DO need to iron! Voted up, useful, interesting!

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    Emma 6 years ago from UK

    Tom, that is a very cunning plan on your half, hehe. Anything to get out of ironing!! Or washing, or babysitting, or anything pretty much, if you are like my husband!8-)

    Rosemary. Thank you, I am glad I thought of something that can actually help someone. I have been struggling these last few weeks to think of ideas.

    It is suprising how many people have never been shown how to iron. And in this economy, a nicely pressed shirt could mean the difference between getting that job or not.

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    Rosemary Sadler 6 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

    A great hub. Everyone should know how to do these things so that they can step up when circumstance requires it.

    Godd instructions.

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    Tom Cornett 6 years ago from Ohio

    Hi Ddraigcoch....Nice hub. I'm not allowed to iron anything....I tend to burn stuff...even blue jeans...not allowed to wash either...a bleach thingy. :)

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    Emma 6 years ago from UK

    Somedays Sue, I wish I didn't own an iron too.

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    Sueswan 6 years ago

    Great information on how to properly iron a shirt.

    I don't own an iron. Thank God for steamers.

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    Emma 6 years ago from UK

    Barbara. I am the eldest child and that is exactly how I learned how to iron. It is boring and I have to be in the mood. I had to do it before going out on a Sunday, so that was one day I didn't get much time out.

    My training came from my step father being annoyed if I had left creases in the back of the arm joins.

    No wonder I kicked out and started my own mini teenage

    Steve, I wish my hub had been of help to you earlier, and am sorry to hear of your wifes injury. I hope she is on the mend now.

    That reminds me of when we had one of those steam generating irons, on its own stand. My husband stood there for 15 minutes saying it was broken, and that he had plugged the iron in. It wasn't warming up.

    We had only had the iron for 8 months. He had not put the standby button ON, only the wall switch.

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    Steve Mitchell 6 years ago from Cambridgeshire

    Where were you Emma when I needed you. Tracey, my wife broke her ankle around 18 weeks ago and up to that point in my life I had never had to do much ironing. For a good 10 weeks she couldn't do a result I became quite good but lacked the correct training whilst she was in hospital for a week. ( 4 breaks to tibia and 1 break to the fibula. ouch!) Great training hub for would be ironers.

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    Barbara Turpin 6 years ago from N. California

    Very good, complete instructions!! Thank God for permanent-press! That was better than sliced bread!!

    I remember as a child, ironing for hours! Every Thursday, for the whole family .... booooring!!!