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A typical iron uses 1600W of power which is more than a vacuum cleaner, toaster or microwave. Do you really need carefully ironed fitted sheets, socks and pyjamas? EcoFrenzy suggest some ideas to save time, money and energy spent ironing, you can then enjoy more time having fun!

Minimise the need for ironing by less spinning after your wash cycle and hanging clothes out to dry straight away. The water still in the clothes will work with gravity to pull most wrinkles out.

Use your tumble dryer less and save money by leaving your clothes slightly damp and using the ironing process itself to finish off the drying.

If you don’t have an iron, try taking the wrinkled clothing and rolling it up very tightly. Then place it under a mattress (or something else heavy) for about an hour. When you remove the clothing and unroll it, there should be fewer wrinkles.

If you have a small problem area of wrinkles on a garment try using a kettle to steam the problem area (being careful not to burn your fingers). The steam will remove wrinkles and you can have a cup of tea afterwards!

Make your own wrinkle-removing spray with water and a small amount of fabric softener in a spray bottle. Lightly spray (make sure you don’t soak) your wrinkled clothing then hang it out to dry.

Not only is ironing a tedious chore, it also consumes energy and can deteriorate fabric.

The Furniture Reuse Network has an interactive map which will find your nearest re-use charity and many of these will take working electrical goods such as your iron. There is also the option of donating them to someone else through sites such as​ Freecycle.

The Carbon Trust (working with Morphy Richards) found that over 80% of the carbon footprint of an iron comes from using the iron, 4.5% from raw materials, 8.5% from manufacture, 0.5% from distribution and 0.2% from disposal.