Iron out the wrinkles

By ARM
India
December 5, 2018 10:37pm CST
In our hot climate cotton and linen are best suited for the weather. Unless of course, your work environment is air-conditioned. That makes for a lot of ironing.Lightweight and steam irons are good for clothes washed at home. However in case of cotton clothes we starch them after a couple of washes.And that's when we need to rely on the neighbourhood ironing man. More often than not he has a wooden table covered with a thick cloth or blanket under a tree or in a corner of some apartment complex.They come around in the morning collecting clothes from different people and deliver them back in the evening. And an iron like the one in the picture. Red hot charcoal is put inside and the heavy weight makes sure the wrinkles are smoothened out.
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@xFiacre (6121)
• Ireland
6 Dec
@responsiveme I remember those irons being used when I was a child living in Africa.
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• India
6 Dec
They are still used here.I can't manage my saris at home
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@andriaperry (63932)
• Anniston, Alabama
6 Dec
I have an old iron something like that one. But I use an electric iron when I need something pressed.
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• India
6 Dec
Do you need to put charcoal inside.? At homes we use the electrical one too
@cintol (8895)
• United States
6 Dec
I had the top piece of one of these irons in my basement for years, I couldn't figure out how they ironed with it since it had no cord. Now I know
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• India
6 Dec
No cord.. charcoals. Why did you have the top piece only.Not that this type of iron can be used at home
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@cintol (8895)
• United States
6 Dec
@responsiveme I don't know, I found it in the basement of the house I bought. Don't know where it came from but it was only the flat iron part. No little bucket below.
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• India
7 Dec
@cintol okay
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@sofssu (18589)
6 Dec
I thought you were going to talk about the wrinkles on your face, just kidding.. I hate ironing.. can't stand the heat, hubby does it for me or we take it to the cleaners.
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• India
6 Dec
Same here...He is very particular about his clothes. For the other type ...papaya mask
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@sofssu (18589)
6 Dec
@responsiveme Hmm.. Papaya is awesome for skin.. I eat all of it... never apply it though greedy me..
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• India
6 Dec
@sofssu you can scoop out a spoonful, mix it with honey....The tip came in my morning paper today
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@Hannihar (46533)
6 Dec
@responsiveme Is that his iron in the picture? I hate ironing.
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• India
6 Dec
Yes it is. I don't iron much myself
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@Hannihar (46533)
6 Dec
@responsiveme I am glad in winter I do not have to iron because I wear things that do not have to be ironed.
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@shaggin (39834)
• United States
8 Dec
@Hannihar same here I won't buy clothes that have to be ironed for that reason. The only time I have used my iron was for pressing perler beads when my kids made designs with them.
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@allknowing (73238)
• India
7 Dec
In our household the iron rests in a corner never to be used We have a laundry that does that work for us (lol)
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• India
7 Dec
Nothing like Pike's of neatly ironed clothes coming back
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@allknowing (73238)
• India
7 Dec
@responsiveme Our bed linen is washed there too.
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@sharon6345 (147955)
• United States
6 Dec
There are way too many irons on the market that would remove the struggle to use this one.
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• India
6 Dec
They do not have access to electricity
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@sharon6345 (147955)
• United States
6 Dec
@responsiveme That sucks in many ways.
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@allen0187 (34432)
• Philippines
6 Dec
That is an old-school iron. Are these still being used in India?
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• India
6 Dec
Yes,not in homes. But there are lots of people who earn their living thus way
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@allen0187 (34432)
• Philippines
6 Dec
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• Eugene, Oregon
6 Dec
Amazing to me. I had no idea that charcoal irons were used.
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• India
6 Dec
Now you do
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@louievill (20379)
• Philippines
6 Dec
I only wear ironed clothes when going to special occasions, most the time I wear " wash and wear" denim pants and T-shirts. I have a similar charcoal iron in my collection, we call it " plantsa de uling "
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• India
6 Dec
Yes, because of the effort many young people wear wash and wear clothes. Or clothes that just need a light ironing. This is for clothes that have been attached too
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@FayeHazel (22123)
• United States
6 Dec
I bet those old irons work pretty good too
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• India
6 Dec
They do. The clothes come out very well. It is hard work though
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@Sreekala (24432)
• India
6 Dec
Most of those workers are rich, do you know this?
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• India
6 Dec
I am glad because it is heavy work
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@Sreekala (24432)
• India
6 Dec
@responsiveme They earn so much. With the heavy iron box the work is easy.
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• India
6 Dec
@Sreekala it is so heavy to lift the iron
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@shaggin (39834)
• United States
8 Dec
Wow very neat that looks so antique to me. It's so amazing to hear how people do things in other countries. I refuse to buy any clothes that have to be ironed as I hate doing it so much. I just wash my clothes throw them in the washer and dryer add a dryer softener sheet and no need to iron.
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• India
9 Dec
Now I got to ask you what is a drier softener sheet? India is such a mix of the modern and the antique
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@shaggin (39834)
• United States
9 Dec
@responsiveme I'm not sure if they have them there or possibly call them something different. I think they are actually called Fabric softener sheets not dryer softener sheets sorry.
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• India
10 Dec
@shaggin we have fabric softener
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@ridingbet (61984)
• Philippines
6 Dec
that kind of iron is heavy and it straightens out creases in clothes.
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• India
6 Dec
Yes it does
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@ridingbet (61984)
• Philippines
7 Dec
@responsiveme the burning charcoal should be changed always if the coals cool down.
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• India
7 Dec
@ridingbet yes,that is done
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@JudyEv (142050)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Dec
This is a very old iron. I remember having one a bit similar on the farm.
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• India
6 Dec
Yes, nobody uses it at home
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@JudyEv (142050)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Dec
@responsiveme In Australia, I think you'd only find this type in museums.
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• India
6 Dec
@JudyEv going strong here
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@DianneN (92252)
• United States
12 Dec
My grandma had an iron similar to that. I use a steam iron.
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• India
12 Dec
When I iron,I use a steam one too
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@DianneN (92252)
• United States
12 Dec
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@SIMPLYD (86550)
• Philippines
11 Dec
We have that kind of iron were hot coals are what make it iron so well. We use that when there is no electricity specially after the typhoon, where for days it would be no electricity yet.
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• India
11 Dec
Our countries seem to have a lot in common. It makes sense to keep such an iron as standby when there is no electricity
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@SIMPLYD (86550)
• Philippines
11 Dec
@responsiveme Yes, we all have similarities in a lot of things we use.
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@porwest (10042)
• United States
10 Dec
I hardly ever iron anything anymore. But even then I use a modern plug in one.
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• India
11 Dec
Using this would be a bit too much for anyone. Thankful for electric irons
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@porwest (10042)
• United States
15 Dec
@responsiveme Very true. With all our modern gadgets we have become a bit spoiled though, admittedly.
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@Courage7 (21585)
• United States
7 Dec
Oh my ARM
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• India
7 Dec
I guess this is something you haven't seen
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@Courage7 (21585)
• United States
7 Dec
@responsiveme No I have not seen it ARM Gosh my comment must have got lost..I meant to say more than that..this type of old fashioned iron no I have never seen.
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@nawala123 (3612)
• Indonesia
7 Dec
i had it one
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• India
7 Dec
You must be using an electric one now
@nawala123 (3612)
• Indonesia
7 Dec
@responsiveme yes, it takes much time using the old one
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