Spray And Refrigerate Shirt Before Ironing

As a kid, I learned how to iron a shirt. Most important hint: Using a spray bottle, lightly spray shirt here and there and roll into a ball. Refrigerate in a plastic bag for 5 minutes to 5 hours. First do the back of the collar, then front.


Position the shirt on the ironing board point so you can just iron the top, right front, pulling the shirt away from the iron as you push down hard. Don't be a wimp!

Do top left the same. Flip shirt to get the top back doing left then right. Don't smash the pleat. Push the point of the iron into it by jabbing left to right while you pull shirt north of point.

It's time for arms laying flat. Run point of iron through and around buttons on front, not ON buttons. Finish the leftover places ending on front. Hang and allow to "dry and set". Spray sizing and/or starch are not necessary when done this way.

Source: My momma.

By Lynn from Bridgeville, PA

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December 8, 20110 found this helpful

I remember my Mother when I was a kid spraying clothes and putting them in the refrigerator. The is the first I've ever heard of anyone else doing it.


Sure brings back a lot of memories and, gosh, how I miss my Mom.


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December 12, 20110 found this helpful

I remember this too. If you forget to put it in the refrigerator and don't iron the item right away - mildew.

December 15, 20110 found this helpful

Yah, me too! I still love the smell! But we sure had alotta clothes to iron! I'm the oldest of 8 kids, & I don't remember having knit shirts back then, only what needed ironing.

May 31, 20220 found this helpful

My grandma always ironed clothes and pillowcases after dampening and refrigerating. I have twelve cotton blend tablecloths and I am goin g to give this a try after all these years!


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