Do you have trouble with ironing? For many people with disabilities, some household tasks may be difficult or unsafe. However, there are many strategies and low-cost options that can make tasks like ironing easier and safer.
- If you have trouble standing for long periods of time or use a wheelchair
- Purchase a tabletop ironing board or lower your ironing board so you can iron while seated
- Try a portable ironing blanket, which can be placed on a table or other surface
- Use a wall mounted, fold down ironing board which can be mounted at the appropriate height
- If the iron is too heavy:
- Want to avoid ironing all together?
- Give each item a little shake when transferring things from the washer to the dryer
- Put a smaller load of clothing in the dryer to give it room to tumble more freely
- Hang clothes up right after they come out of the dryer
- Hang a wrinkled item in a steamy bathroom while you shower
- Put your wrinkled item in the dryer with an ice cube for about 10 minutes
- Try using a hair straightener for button rows, hems, and collars
- Use wrinkle release spray
- Purchase clothing that is made of wrinkle-resistant fabrics, such as denim, polyester, and wool
- Delegate if you can: Ask a family member or friend for help or check out prices at your local dry cleaner
Do you have more ideas about how to make ironing easier and safer? Add them in the comments below.
Have an idea about an item that might make ironing or other household chores easier for you? Reach out to our program CreATe Together and we might be able to work together to make a custom piece of assistive technology.
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