How to iron a shirt

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Laundromats and dry cleaners offer ironing and folding services so a lot of people prefer to avoid these chores. What most people don’t know is that ironing a shirt is not as complicated and taxing as it seems. Learning how to iron your own shirt will save you money and trips to the dry cleaners, especially during days when you urgently need a particular shirt.

What you will need:

  • Clean washed shirt
  • Spray bottle
  • Iron
  • Ironing board


1. Shake out the shirt after taking it out of the dryer.
2. Hang the shirt on a shirt hanger. Smoothen out the creases and close the top button.
3. Plug your iron and let it reach the proper temperature.

  • The temperatures depend on what fabric needs ironing. Check the shirt label and adjust the iron settings appropriately.

4. Spray the shirt with starch or sizing spring before removing it from the hanger.
5. Lay the garment flat on the ironing board and begin ironing the collar first.

  • Iron the points first going inward to the back of the neck.
  • Don’t forget to iron the underside of the collar too.

6. Push the sleeves into the small part of the ironing board. Press the sleeves using the iron.
7. Turn and press to the other side. Then iron the other sleeve.
8. Position the body of the shirt on the ironing board and press the buttonhole panel first.
9. Move the shirt position each time and always iron from the tail going to the collar.
10. When you are done with the front, flip the shirt carefully and iron the back.
11. Return the shirt onto the hanger and let it cool before wearing.


  • Using fabric softener can cut your ironing time.
  • Ironing board attachments such as covers that heat up a bit as you iron are available and will help you iron two sides at once.
  • Make sure to never leave your ironing unattended to avoid accidents and burnt shirts.
  • Damp shirts are the easiest to iron.
  • There are certain kinds of fabric that always appear wrinkled and there are also those that do not need to be ironed. Make sure to check the tag or manufacturer’s instructions.

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