How to iron

Here's a range of adaptations and techniques to make ironing safer for people with sight loss.

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Safety considerations before ironing

Our blind hack for ironing your clothes more effectively and safely!

Ironing techniques

Step-by-step guide to ironing

  1. Check the water level by gently shaking the iron and top up if required.
  2. Decide which part of the garment you want to iron first and place it in front of you.
  3. Start ironing from the bottom of the garment so you can pull the garment towards you as you move upwards to iron the next area.
  4. When you move the iron across the fabric, always lead with the pointed end. Use systematic grid or circular movements to cover the fabric.
  5. Always put the iron back in the 'hot zone' or iron tray before you place the next part of the garment in front of you.
  6. Unplug the iron as soon as you’ve finished ironing and leave it to cool for at least 10 minutes before putting it away.

Having less ironing

  1. Consider buying ‘easy iron’ clothing or clothes that don’t need ironing at all.
  2. Make sure that anything that creases easily is hung up in the wardrobe with enough space around it so that it doesn’t get squashed.
  3. When you take clothes out of the washing machine, shake or brush out the creases and hang them as straight as possible. Putting them on coat hangers to dry is a good way to reduce creases.