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I am ironing some fabric this am and had a memory flashback to when I was young.  My mom had a friend who did ironing as a second job to have spending money.  She would always sprinkle the items she was going to iron and then stick them in the freezer.  I never knew why, and now I am curious as to why. Has anyone here ever heard of this, or done it, or knows the reasoning behind it?

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Comment by Linda "Sue" Robertson, TN on August 10, 2011 at 5:02am

Great memories, we had a maid named Laura and I loved her because she put up with me!!!! lololol   Fridays were the day she came and the afternoon was when she did the ironing.  She hung the clothes out to dry and sprinkled (yes with the coke bottle) and folded. Then I would sit and keep her company!!  That precious lady had the patience of Job, God rest her soul!!   So glad for perma press today!!!  My enjoyment of ironing is when I am ironing my seams for quilting, love to smell the fabric when it is being ironed!!!

Comment by Kathryn Benson on August 5, 2011 at 9:03am
When I was growing up in MN, we didn't have a drier.  We hung all our clothes outside, and we'd run out and check on them often to check how damp they were.  When perfect we'd pull them off the line run in and iron them.  In the winter, Mom hung the clothes in the basement on lines my dad had put up down there.  Then we sprinkled and rolled and ironed the next day.  We never did the freezer thing - our freezer was so small no laundry would fit in!
Comment by Irene Gallway on August 4, 2011 at 5:24pm
I STILL iron every week. I fold allot of things right out of the dryer but tops, shirts and pants get ironed. With the invention of the steam iron I don't sprinkle and freeze.  I do remember Mum doing all that. When I lived on Long Island in the early 60's I took in ironing. I got my first sewing machine with the money I saved. It's good to remember the good old days so we can appreciate the good "easier" days we have now.
Comment by AidaCJ/NH on August 4, 2011 at 2:41pm

Reminds me when I just got here in the US.  I did the laundry for the family the first time (we were living with the in-laws then), and I hang them outside.  Then I took out the ironing board and started ironing my cotton underpants and my DH's knit undies.  MIL was aghast! and asked my why I was doing it, so I replied, 'Our maid always ironed my clothes except for my undies, my mom expected me to do that myself'", and being married to DH I figure I would do his too.

MY DH's grandmother used to freeze her clothes too before ironing them.

Comment by Gayle/La. on August 4, 2011 at 12:02pm
Been there and done that also.  Yep, we sprinkled, rolled and chilled and ironed almost everything that got washed.
Comment by Colleen Taylor on August 4, 2011 at 11:12am

Myrna...I do like to iron and if I were near you I would be happy to assist! 

My older brothers used to pay me to iron their clothes, I also kept the dollar here and quarter there they would leave in the pockets by mistake!

Comment by Carla on August 4, 2011 at 10:31am

Wow what a wealth of info.  Good thing perma press was invented or we wouldn't have time to text today! LOL Technology you gotta love it.


Comment by Pam/NY on August 4, 2011 at 10:31am
I remember my mom would always sprinkle and freeze...she also put the whites on the lawn. Said the dew made them whiter! She hung clothes out to dry once in SD and they froze...all the legs broke off my dad's pants!
Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on August 4, 2011 at 10:20am
Wow!  Does this conversation bring back memories!  Sprinkler top Coke bottles - hot summer days in Oklahoma - haven't thought about that in years.  Laundry was rolled and refrigerated in our house for all the same reasons expressed here. In the days before perma-press cotton, we ironed EVERYTHING!  My sister and I learned to iron early in life so we could do our share.  I had to "unlearn" some ironing techniques (stretching seams, etc.) when I began quilting and needed to "press" -- not the same thing as ironing at all.
Comment by Sunshine/Mi on August 4, 2011 at 9:10am
Yep, memories here, too.  I not only had to iron my own clothes from 6th or 7th grade on, by high school, I had to purchase my own iron (Mom didn't like the way I used hers ????) We did the sprinkler and plastic bag in the freezer, too.  My oldest daughter earned some money in high school (about 1984) by ironing her uncle's country-western shirts because he was picky about them and his wife couldn't be bothered.

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