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Old 07-10-2009, 11:08 AM
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How do you iron without electricity?

I know you can get those stove top irons, our ancestors used (if you can get them) or


do you just buy non-iron materials ?
Old 07-10-2009, 11:15 AM
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Bear,
I am sorry, but i don't understand (english it's not my native language).
What you want to say with "How do you iron without electricity?"

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Old 07-10-2009, 11:25 AM
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Press clothes/ iron clothes, take away the creases.
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Check out lehmans.com they have irons that are non electric. I believe they use to call them SAD's. They are very heavy and hot making ironing a tedious job. I'm sorry but if there is no electricity for me there is no ironing and I am fine with that!

I just looked and lehmans does carry a butane iron http://www.lehmans.com/store/Home_Go...__159200?Args=

Here is a link for a sad iron
http://www.lehmans.com/store/Home_Go...ron___1B?Args=

I have no affiliation with Lehmans other than having purchased things from them before and been happy with their service.
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If you don't let things sit in a dryer but rather hang them on a line they tend not to have as many wrinkles, AFAIK. I prefer things that don't need ironing, myself; ironing without electricity means a lot of work and energy expenditure [does with electricity, too, but that's another story : ) ]
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So is this for localized storm outages or where are you going in the nines when the power is out?
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I find just folding clothes neatly after bringing them in from the washing line,most things don't need ironing.
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Now, i believe there are 2 options. During comunism, when we have electricity only 2 hours per day, my mom heat the iron machine over the stove, and use it until was cold.
Another option it's use of one of this ones

It's a primitive iron machine, who use some fire charcoal instead electric heat.
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If you've got a bedboard, lift the mattress off it, put the item to be pressed down on the board in the proper position, carefully lay the mattress back down, go to sleep: Instant clothes press.

Doesn't always work, but can give sharp creases.
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you really want to iron if TSHTF? My nerves. that should be the least of your worries.
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I at least owned an old fashioned iron that I used on my wood stove. But I normally don't iron things. I just used it when I needed heat for making t-shirt print permanent.

But don't bother with it. If you get charcoal or ashes on your clothers while ironing, that just looks so much worse.
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LOL you have to be kidding me right?
If TSHTF you are going to be worried about your ironing?
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Each to his own about ironing. You can press out the creases with an item called a "flat iron", with is an iron shaped hunk of heavy metal (usually iron...how ironic! lol). My mom used them as door stoppers, but I used them as weights and to threaten my brother with . ...my grandma and Dad showed me how to use them by heating on the top of the stove. You should be able to find one in an antique store or second hand place.

When using a flat iron, you will want to have some kind of sprinkler bottle to dampen the material. This will create steam. However, the best idea is to get iron free material and not worry so much. You won't be the only one with a few wrinkles if TSHTF.
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I had family that had a cast iron iron. They didn't use it anymore but I got to see how it worked once. You heat it on a metal plate over an open flame like a gas stove then use it until it cools down. I found this on ebay. Very similar to what they had.
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When I saw the title I thought this would go on my list of stupidest forum posts ever. But then I thought about it. After the inevitable storms around here there are people who are without utilities for three to four weeks. Not everyone, of course, but some. Their employers do not care. They are expected to show up for work pressed, primped, and with a big smile of their face. They can lose their jobs over their wardrobe.

Too many "survivalists" have an either/or attitude. They are tip toeing through the daisies or they are digging bullets out while gunning down zombies. The real world does not work that way. There are a lot of in between places.

Since I am a bloke I can dress in salaryman bland. I just take my clothes out the the dryer when they are still damp and hanger press them.
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Looking to make a fashion statement in a post-SHTF world?

Just askin'...
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I never iron.

The reason people ironed more back then was the material, it wrinked easier. I think.
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They do have spray wrinkle releasers you can buy in the grocery store now. At least it's something you can stock up on. I hate ironing personally and only do it when I have to. I normally just wash my clothes on permanent press and take them out of the dryer before they are completely dry, and hang them up right away.

http://www.downy.com/en_US/products/wrinklereleaser.jsp
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You don't necessarily need a special iron when there is no electricity.
Simply take your electric iron,place it on your wood stove/any other stove to heat.
You can also place a thin,flat piece of metal over the flame on your kerosene/camping stove.
Put the electric iron on the stove plate/piece of metal.
Then once the bottom of your iron is hot,iron your clothing as usual.

I did this when we had power outages last year.
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