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The Ultimate Ironing Tips Quiz
by Staff
Is doing the ironing the household chore you absolutely detest? Do you find that it is just a waste of time -- the clothes are still wrinkled even after you invested so much effort into ironing them? Take our quiz and get some great tips on making ironing more efficient.

Where is the best place to iron clothes?

  • the bedroom
  • the laundry
  • the basement

How can you cut down on your ironing time?

  • Iron on the hottest setting.
  • Place the clothes in the dryer for 10 minutes before ironing them.
  • Put a piece of aluminum foil under the ironing board cover.

What is the best order to iron in?

  • Iron the most difficult pieces first.
  • Iron things that need the lowest temperatures first.
  • Do sheets and tablecloths first.

How can you ensure that your ironing board cover fill fit nicely?

  • Purchase a cover that is 1/2 an inch (1.25 centimeters) smaller than your ironing board.
  • Put the cover on the board when it is still damp.
  • Purchase a cover that is 2 inches (5 centimeters) larger than your ironing board.

How can you prevent collars, cuffs and hems from puckering?

  • Iron them on the reverse side first.
  • Spray them with starch.
  • Pin them down before you iron them.

What can you use if you don't have a sleeve board?

  • extra steam
  • a sheet of cardboard
  • a rolled up towel

How can you make your own starch?

  • Mix one tablespoon of corn starch with two cups of water.
  • Mix one cup of cornstarch with two cups of water.
  • Mix two tablespoons baking soda with one cup of water.

How can you remove wrinkles from a tie?

  • Put it in the dryer for 10 minutes, then iron it on a low setting.
  • Cut a piece of cardboard to fit inside, cover it with cheesecloth and iron it.
  • Iron it on low with a lot of steam.

What water should you use inside an electric iron?

  • whatever the manufacturer's instructions specify
  • tap water
  • distilled water

What should you use to clean the vents of your iron?

  • a sharp knife
  • a toothbrush
  • a pipe cleaner

What should you use to clean your iron's soleplates?

  • a cloth dipped in baking soda
  • a cloth dipped in methylated spirits
  • a bit of steel wool dipped in baking soda

What can you do if your iron is sticky from a build up of starch?

  • Run the plates across a piece of foil, fine sandpaper or a piece of paper sprinkled with salt.
  • Use a solvent product like methylated spirits to dissolve the crystals.
  • Scrape off the starch with a knife.

When should you clean the water reservoir?

  • every few months
  • after every tenth use
  • when the steam action decreases in power

What should you use to clean the water reservoir?

  • a cup of lemon juice
  • 1/3 of a cup of vinegar and 1/3 of a cup of water
  • a cup of boiling water

What can you do to keep pleats in place when ironing them?

  • paper clip them down
  • iron atop a heavy towel
  • use a lot of steam and a very high setting