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I have a list of questions.

-Is there any benefit from ironing your clothes?
-Why do people iron their clothes?
-If your shirt or pants aren't ironed what do you think people will think of you?
-Is it the end of the world if they are not ironed?
-Do you iron, why or why not?

I ask this because the topic has come up quite a few times in my life. When I was younger I used to have to iron my clothes, which became a daily ritual. As I got older I stopped ironing, I still looked good, and never got any complaints (aside from the occasional grandparents ). Now I never iron, yet there are many people who are habitual ironers, and quite a few I have met who have gotten aggravated/annoyed if they didn't find their shirt/pants ironed and had to go in them slightly wrinkled (even if they were not horribly wrinkled to begin with).

This has led me to ask here, even though it seems silly I am genuinely interested.

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I used to iron shirts that were very wrinkly, but now my dryer has an "ironing" setting. Makes life easier.
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um I guess if your fancy-ass dress clothes get wrinkled and you can't straighten them out?

the only time I ever used an iron was in life skills class
we had to iron something we were making in order to make it easier to sew
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I have and iron. I use it to smash walnuts. Works great.
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Interesting - a poll called "Why Do You Iron?" with answers in frequency.

We have an iron; seems to operate with a man at the end of it.

My personal take is: if god wanted us to iron, why make clothes with Dry Clean Only labels? Actually, I once ironed the King's dress shirts for work. Instead of saying thank you, he said they'd only get wrinkled again when he hung them in his wardrobe. One thing I can't stand is ingratitude. Another is ironing.
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My parents ironed my clothes when I was a kid. They made me iron my clothes when I grew up. My dryer doesn't have any of the fancy shamcy features so I iron my clothes, every day, even my t-shirts...
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Thanks for those who are answering. I know it seems silly but it is an interesting topic for me, I tried researching answers and I didn't get as much in depth as I would like which is why I came here.

Earlier today I witnessed someone getting angry because their nurses uniform wasn't ironed and I just didn't understand, was the world going to fall apart because there was one or two wrinkles? And so I wanted to understand by hearing what other people thought because it is a topic I am genuinely interested in (strange things fascinate me).

Some Links and stories from people answering similar questions that I found in the search engine:

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None of them have asked the questions that I am asking in detail and the answers in them have not sufficiently answered my questions which is why I am asking here. It's a social/cultural phenomenon that I am interested in and...I wonder, for some people will the world end if you don't iron your shirt and what do you think people will think of you if you don't, because I want to understand why people get so aggravated and upset by it.
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-Is there any benefit from ironing your clothes?
Not that I know of. After all, they smooth out on your body anyways.
-Why do people iron their clothes?
In some countries where dryers aren't widespread, they use ironing as a way to dry their clothes.
-If your shirt or pants aren't ironed what do you think people will think of you?
In my case, they'll probably just think oh well, blind people can't iron/dress well. For people in general, though, it depends on the context. Going to a formal business meeting and going to the store aren't exactly the same thing. I think in formal situations people probably are looking at that kind of thing.
-Is it the end of the world if they are not ironed?
No.
-Do you iron, why or why not?
No, there's no point in ironing, especially cause if you take your clothes out of the dry right after the cycle's finished, they won't be wrinkly anyway.
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Originally Posted by nimchimpsky View Post
Not that I know of. After all, they smooth out on your body anyways.

In some countries where dryers aren't widespread, they use ironing as a way to dry their clothes.

In my case, they'll probably just think that blind person can't dress. For people in general, though, it depends on the context. Going to a formal business meeting and going to the store aren't exactly the same thing. I think in formal situations people probably are looking at that kind of thing.

No.

No, there's no point in ironing, especially cause if you take your clothes out of the dry right after the cycle's finished, they won't be wrinkly anyway.
(Hmm, interesting when I quote this it's different from what ya posted).

What does someone think of a person who doesn't iron their clothes? I guess I just don't get the psychological stress some people go through if they don't iron, and what they're thinking others are thinking of them.
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Originally Posted by Ravenius View Post
(Hmm, interesting when I quote this it's different from what ya posted).

What does someone think of a person who doesn't iron their clothes? I guess I just don't get the psychological stress some people go through if they don't iron, and what they're thinking others are thinking of them.
That you don't pay attention to detail, aren't organized in your life at large. They're stupid assumptions but a lot of people do judge by first impressions, which for most people is visuals.
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The only thing I use my iron for is to put name tags on my kids clothes. Or to repair clothing with iron on mending tape when I am too lazy to sew.

I don't even iron my work shirts.
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I almost forgot. If you spray Pam on an iron you can make really great grilled cheese sandwiches with it.
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I usually wrap mine in aluminium foil but an iron does make a good chilled grease.

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Originally Posted by Gaines View Post
I have and iron. I use it to smash walnuts. Works great.
You can also use an iron to make, grilled cheese.

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Originally Posted by Q Wands View Post
I usually wrap mine in aluminium foil but an iron does make a good chilled grease.

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The walnuts made me think of the iron/grilled cheese but I was too late
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it can also be used to remove wallpaper when you use the steam setting.
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I once burned my wrist ironing. I'm fair skinned and it left a red mark after it healed, for months it looked as though I had tried to slit my wrist. Needless to say, I hate ironing and do as little as possible, which is almost never.
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Um . . . because they're wrinkly?

Ironing. The "permanent press" setting on the dryer usually takes care of this.
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-Is there any benefit from ironing your clothes?
I like the look of creases down the front of my pants, but I get it by folding them a certain way just out of the dryer.

-Why do people iron their clothes?
Some jobs require ironed creases in uniforms. My uncle works at a prison, and he irons his uniform with great precision before wearing it to work. (I don't know whether the prison actually requires that, but he learned it as a Marine, and now it's a matter of pride for him.)

-If your shirt or pants aren't ironed what do you think people will think of you?
Unless they're super wrinkly, I don't think many people notice. I certainly don't notice whether other people have ironed, unless their clothes look really crumpled.

-Is it the end of the world if they are not ironed?
Not for me.

-Do you iron, why or why not?
I don't. I make it a point to buy clothes that don't need ironing, because I can't be bothered. I like low-maintenance laundry.
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I only iron when I've gotta. For dress occasions and such. Otherwise... well... sometimes I don't even fold my clothes before stuffing them in a drawer
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I once burned my wrist ironing. I'm fair skinned and it left a red mark after it healed, for months it looked as though I had tried to slit my wrist. Needless to say, I hate ironing and do as little as possible, which is almost never.
Hate to ask but I will. Were your wrists wrinkled to the point you felt they needed a good ironing? Stop that.
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I was trying to iron the dimples out.
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I was trying to iron the dimples out.
Thanks for the visual. Holy cow!!!
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Am I the only one who irons his face to get rid of crow's feet?
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On the lowest setting it's a soothing facial.
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I love ironing, it is a great stress buster. I am very possessive of it. A friend once helped me take my clothes of the line saying 'if you fold this now, you don't have to iron it!!' She'd never heard me growl before.

There's almost nothing as satisfying as seeing a huge pile of ironing gradually reduce over a couple fo hours as you listen to music or watch your favorite movie.
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I love ironing, it is a great stress buster. I am very possessive of it. A friend once helped me take my clothes of the line saying 'if you fold this now, you don't have to iron it!!' She'd never heard me growl before.

There's almost nothing as satisfying as seeing a huge pile of ironing gradually reduce over a couple fo hours as you listen to music or watch your favorite movie.
That is the most beautiful way I have ever heard ironing described, as something relaxing. I've never thought about it that way before.
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Does that mean you might try to enjoy it more yourself now?
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I have a list of questions.
Why do people iron their clothes?
So they don't look scruffy!
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I dislike ironing and try to do as little of it as possible, but I do do it sometimes. I do it for my school clothing, because I have to wear suits and I just think they look better ironed. And sometimes if I go to a party wearing a shirt and it's not ironed, I'll do it quickly.

I think people like to have ironed clothing because they worry what others will think of them. People expect you to be well ironed for work and the like and if you have creases and the like, it just doesn't look as smart and gives the impression you don't care about your appearence, whatever the truth may be. We used to have a kid at school who's trousers had never been ironed and they were just one big crease. Again, you have to wonder how much his mother cared, sending him out like that. Of course, there were other things that indicated he didn't have the greatest parents, but that was the impression that that little bit gave people...
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