No,I iron as little as possible these days!!! However,when I was a child and wanted to earn some extra pocket money by doing the ironing,I would always do the pillowcases!!! Oooooh! How lovely they were to sleep on!!!!
I'm 68 now; ironed everything when growing up; tea towels, towels, all undergarments etc and of course, bed linen. Crisp white (was there any other colour!?) and soooo smooth. Stopped all that nonsense once married - coming up 50 years - the ironing board comes out for craft ironing nowadays(very rarely and only when necessary!) - clothes? shake 'em up straight from the washing machine (don't use high speed spin cycles - certainly don't have a dryer at home) and hang 'em up!!! Cotton polyester has such a lot to answer for!
Sheets, no, the Sun & Wind do that for me with them!
Pillow Slips, most definitely & with spray starch, as well. Mine are 'pressed' not ironed, as I've an Elna Press! Pillowcases so simple to do, & they come out smelling beautifully, & very neat & tidy in their razor sharp folds!
No. I remember Mum ironing sheets, pillow cases and everything else when i was a child. I seem to remember her dampening things using a bottle with holes in the special lid- no steam iron. I think she used to roll some things up and pop them in the fridge for a short time before ironing, but maybe I dreamed that up, the late fifties and the sixties are such a long time ago.
No, lluxi, that's what was always done, by convention. People were proud of their ironed items. Uniforms HAD to be starched & ironed. There's nothing worse than seeing someone in crushed clothes, especially a man in a shirt. It means just plain laziness, not to iron clothes that NEED to be ironed.
These days there're are materials of which clothes are made that don't need ironing. That's good!
I've owned an Elna Press since 1974, so all our clothes were pressed. I will NOT leave the house in unpressed clothes! It would make me feel 'grubby'. This my Mother taught me: 'you never know who you might meet'. And it's true!
I do press pillow slips, but not sheets, or underclothes. Used to iron tea towels, but stopped when kids' were born, as no time to do so. Hankies must be starched, & pressed.
I have to, absolutely have to, iron the pillowcases - particularly if someone is staying overnight or whatever, else it might look like someone else has slept in the bed and I haven't changed the linen.