Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Ironing Making A Comeback?

The rumor is that ironing will be making a comeback. According to The Wall Street Journal, Teen Vogue magazine's fashion director, Gloria Baume, said that more families will be pulling out their irons in the coming months:

For items that do need pressing, she foresees a back-to-basics, hands-on trend. “Old-fashioned things like ironing and washing your own clothes and taking care of them — I think those things are going to come back in a big way” among teens and parents alike, she says. Among the factors she cites are parents’ resistance to high dry-cleaning bills and teens’ growing love of do-it-yourself, hands-on crafts, such as iron-on patches for clothing.
There's a health benefit to ironing things like bed linens too -- some of you may remember grandma saying to iron pillowcases & sheets when babies had rashes on their faces. While doctors may not believe that a hot iron will kill allergens, a hot iron may, according to Cheryl Mendelson in Laundry: The Home Comforts Book of Caring for Clothes and Linens, kill mites.


Of course, you'll have to balance all of this with your beauty needs; folks say that cotton linens don't slip, so they continuously tug at the delicate skin on the face and neck, causing wrinkles.

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