Friday, February 03, 2012

Gotta Be Quick

Linen in the freezer questions...

Learned this one from my grandmother. Can work with any fabric, but works especially well with linen. 

After washing, roll it up and put in a plastic bag and place in the freezer. You can go back and iron it in two hours or leave it there for days if you're like me. 

Why? Well, those stubborn wrinkles will disappear like magic when you iron it. 

Why this works? 

First, the fibers are now totally saturated with water. Second, the freezer part means no mildew. And third, and here's the part that I don't have time to find corroboration for at the moment on the net - when the hot iron is applied, the water goes from its solid state to its gaseous state and that's part of the magic.

All I know is it works for me. LOL

10 comments:

Anne Bloom said...

I always put my linens damp in the freezer if I am not going to iron them right away, which is almost always!

Anna van Schurman said...

Very interesting. I'll have to try this.

CalamityJr said...

Thanks for the answer. I learned to sprinkle clothes, then roll them and place in a plastic bag from my great-grandmother, but I missed the freezer part!

dixiesamplar said...

Uhmmm, I am going to have to try that out...sounds interesting!

Terri said...

Thanks for this tip! I will (try) to remember it!!

LaDonna said...

great tip - thanks for sharing!

RuthB said...

cool -- thanks

jhm said...

THis is something that museums, etc do when they receive a donation of textiles. First to the freezer for 24 hours, out for 24 then back to the freezer for 24hours. Kills anything that might have lived there as well as helps with odors. Learned this at the local historical society.

JHM
http://needleworkerssamplings.blogspot.com/

Deborah said...

Great tip! Thanks for sharing.

Nicola said...

It's always good to learn a new trick. Wshing you a good weekend.