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What happened to wash & wear?

Posted Sunday, June 5, 2011, at 11:41 PM

When I was growing up it seemed that everything we wore had to be washed & ironed. There were suits & dress clothes that had to be sent to the cleaners. However, other things required that they be washed, sprinkled, perhaps starched, & then ironed. How I hated ironing!

Then along came wash & wear & permanent press clothes. Manufacturers learned to combine cotton with a blend of polyester to make fabrics that came out of the dryer looking rather nice. At the most they just required a lick or two with a steam iron. Now that's the kind of clothes I like. I can still buy shirts like that for my husband. They actually make shirts that are 100% cotton that wash & dry really well.

My clothes are a different story -- especially my slacks. I know they make polyester pants. I don't want those. I want the ones that look like nice smooth chinos & khakis. I go to the store & buy 100% cotton slacks, & the tag reads that they are washable, dryable, warm iron if required. IF REQUIRED? ARE THEY CRAZY? I've never seen such wrinkles. When I start to press them with the steam iron, I am constantly spraying water on the wrinkles. I might as well sprinkle & iron the old fashioned way. This is not just one pair of slacks, & they are not cheap. The black jeans I bought do the same way. It's the first time I have ever had jeans that wrinkled. No, I'm not drying them on a high temperature.

It's not that I don't have time to iron. I'm retired. What else do I have to do? Well, I didn't retire to stay home & stand over an ironing board. Maybe it's a conspiracy to make us send clothes to the laundry. Perhaps they want me to go buy the polyester with the elastic in the waist & forget the pretty sleek cotton slacks.

My husband wears slacks made of 100% cotton that only require a good press to the crease when they come out of the dryer. Maybe I need to shop in the men's department.

If you know how to get that nice look with the ladies' cotton slacks without slaving over the ironing board, please share your secret with me.

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Guess I'm strange, I actually like to iron. When I was pregnant with my youngest daughter I ironed everything I could get my hands on right down to bed sheets. Everything she wore had to be starched and ironed to perfection and I would get so upset when someone picked her up and wrinkled her clothes. I finally realized she could care less about it in grade school so I quit ironing her clothes. Throw it in the dryer seems to be the latest way to iron for lots of people. I still prefer to wear neatly ironed clothes myself

-- Posted by Disgusted on Tue, Jun 7, 2011, at 9:51 AM

I gave up trying to find wrinkle free clothing a long time ago and just take almost everything to Corner Cleaners...

-- Posted by espoontoon on Mon, Jun 6, 2011, at 11:33 AM

We just got some new shirts for me and they said wrinkle resistant. Warning, they are NOT wash and wear.

I did not know that there might be a difference in material between men and women though. Well, I know I don't wear silk too much (ties) but is the material substantially different?

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Jun 6, 2011, at 9:25 AM

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