Monday, July 6, 2015

What’s Your Ironing Personality? A Quiz

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Ironing is a subject that brings up an enormous split in attitudes. Some folks achieve a Zen-like state of tranquility at the ironing board steaming their wrinkles away. Others would rather crouch on hands and knees scrubbing the bathroom floor with a toothbrush. How do you relate to this household chore? Take our tongue-in-cheek Ironing Personality Quiz and find out.

1. Which statement sums up your ironing philosophy?

A)     I press neckties, underwear and microfiber cleaning cloths.

B)      I give a quick touch-up to cotton or linen outfits once in a while.

C)      What’s an iron?

2. Do you iron your bed sheets?

A)     Of course. Fresh pressed sheets feel so deliciously crisp.

B)      I’ll try it one day … after retirement, maybe.

C)      What are bed sheets?

3. Describe your ironing board.

A)     A luxury steam-vented board with a sturdy wood frame precision adjustable to my height.

B)     A corner of the kitchen table, as long as it’s not too sticky from breakfast spills.

C)     This warning label -- Never iron clothes while they are being worn -- was written with me in mind.  

4. What’s your strategy for minimizing the ol’ ironing pile?

A)     Set aside a half hour, put on some lively music and get right to it.

B)      Dry clothes on the permapress setting and hang as soon as they’re done.

C)      Let the dog sleep on it a few weeks till it flattens to half its previous size.

5. Complete this sentence: “My ironing basket currently contains …”

A)     … two business shirts, an antique tablecloth and a few hand-embroidered hankies, but it will be emptied by tonight.

B)      … that rayon blouse I washed three weeks ago. Pretty, but not pretty enough to iron.

C)      … a stray sweat sock and my kids’ pet rat.

6. Why do you think most Americans hate ironing with such a passion?

A)     An uncouth lack of appreciation for the finer things in life.

B)      Too much housework, too little time.

C)      Past overdose on dorm-room grilled cheese sandwiches

7. What role does spray starch play in your life?

A)      Family members are planning an intervention for my addiction to the stuff.

B)      I use it now and then, to help smooth really wrinkled fabrics.

C)      No, thanks, dude. I’ve gone Paleo.

8. How do you handle ironing when you go on vacation?

A)     Bring along a travel iron with dual voltage, variable temperature control and one-touch steam.

B)      Use the “roll, don’t fold” packing life hack and end up wearing semi-wrinkled duds for 2 weeks.

C)      Stay only at hotels that offer full valet service.

9. Which method do you use to clean the plate of your iron?

A)     I regularly rub it with iron cleaning spray and a clean, soft cloth, plus cotton swabs for the steam holes.

B)      I dab at it with a paper towel when it gets really gunky, and hope for the best.

C)      I dunno … can I put it in the dishwasher? (CAUTION: 100 percent of Nashville electricians forbid trying this at home.)

10. Have you ever shown up for a job interview with unironed clothes?

A)     No, I’ve never even shown up for a day at the beach with unironed clothes.

B)      Yes, when I was short of time and a quick mirror check seemed to be OK.

C)      What’s a ... oh, never mind.


6-10 “A” answers: Congrats! You are an ironing genius.

6-10 “B” answers: Back to Home Ec class for you.

6-10 “C” answers: You and ironing are arch-enemies ... and you aim to keep it that way.

Laura Firszt writes for

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