Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Busy Mum Tips: How to make ironing easier

I like to iron. There - I said it ;)

I know there are millions of people out there that hate ironing and don't iron at all, and I have no problem with that. If you don't like to iron, you shouldn't do it. But I really like it!

Why would anyone enjoy ironing? I love the soothing, repetitive nature of it. The way I can switch on autopilot and just enjoy watching a favourite TV show or movie while I work my way through a basket. For me, in an ideal world, it's a way to de-stress.

But I don't always live in an ideal world. A lot of the time my world is fast paced - with 2 little girls to keep entertained, commitments every day and just general every day busy-ness to handle. I love my busy life and I handle it well - but it doesn't often leave me with a couple of hours available to get into the ironing. As a result, my ironing load really adds up! This is what it usually looks like:

and I had more in a basket a little to the right of this chair!

I used to have a list of things to do to make my ironing easier and try to make the most of the time I had available. It included:

  1. Fold washing as soon as it comes off the line to prevent extra creases
  2. Sort washing before you iron it based on how hot you need your iron to be (I did jeans first, then T shirts, then worked my way down to light knits and floaty, lightweight materials), to save time waiting to the iron to heat up / cool down
  3. Have an extra jug of water next to you so you don't have to keep going to the tap to fill up your iron
  4. Use an extension cord to give you the freedom to set your iron up in front of the tv - then you are more likely to keep at it for longer
  5. Empty the water out of your iron as soon as you finish using it to prevent rust marks next time you use it
These tips are designed to help streamline the actual ironing itself, but even these little things took quite a lot of time to do, so looking back I don't know if it really saved me any time at all..

Anyway, that doesn't matter now because I have this:

It's the Phillips Perfect Care and I. Love. It. 

I love it because when I use this I don't have to do ANY of the steps I have listed above.

Seriously. You put water in, turn it on, wait 2 minutes and then iron everything. That's it.

I iron in whatever order I want - flimsy tops, then jeans, then a knitted jumper, then placemats - whatever I pick up from my basket - I don't even bother to look at it.  

It runs with lots of steam so wrinkles come out with one swipe over the material - and it doesn't give you a face full of steam (I have no idea how, but I love it).

I can iron for 2 hours after filling it up with water one time.

The water is held in the plastic base, not the iron, so no rust issues.

It has a really long cord so no extension needed - and it all packs up easily and neatly in the unit.

Now here's the thing: It's RRP is $599. That's a lot of money for an iron. Without knowing how good this iron is, I can't say I would have paid that price for it.

That's why I'm doing such a long blog post today - because it's made such a difference to my ironing, and if you feel the same way about ironing as I do, you need to know how much this will change ironing for you. 

And I feel a little guilty saying that because, until I used this iron, I was fiercely loyal to my Morphy Richards one. 

Sorry Morphy. But I can't go back (He's still in my cupboard, even though I haven't used him for over a month. I can't throw him out but I barely even notice he's there any more).

Have a look here for more information on the Phillips Perfect Care - it explains the whole 'can iron anything on a high heat' thing even better and you can find out where to buy it. I even found a $100 cash back offer here.

One final thought to leave you on: I found myself with some extra free time available once I started using this iron - so I asked little Sophie for some ideas on how we could use our extra time together. Here are her top 3 ideas:

Take more naps
Have more picnics

Play the drums more

Ok maybe I just wanted to show you those photos - she's so cute :)

** I was given a complimentary Phillips Perfect Care for the purpose of this review. My opinion of this product is my own and is 100% honest.


  1. I have been eyeing this off. Sensational. Like you, I am an ironer. Over 100 items a week. So sad that I count them!

  2. Hmmmm ironing doesn't really get a go in my place...I guess with the right one it might make it a little more appealing though!

  3. Oh no! Im such a "hang up in the bathroom when your having a shower" kinda of girl! Because I HATE HATE HATE ironing. BUT... This could change my mind, Thanks for the great review!



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