Don’t tell me you didn’t read the care label before ironing that damn silk blouse. ‘Cause neither did I. I cut it off as soon as I bought the shirt, and entrusted its destiny to my own rational mind and its power of calculated decisions.

Asking what went wrong and at what point would be an understatement. Ironing fails are not for the faint-hearted, so be sure to arm yourself with the ability to laugh at yourself. Bored Panda has compiled a list of the funniest and, indeed, most painful cases of ironing gone wrong.

It serves as a tribute to all the people out there who thought they were going to take back control of their lives by getting that iron heated up on questionable materials and surfaces.

#1

My Friend Has An Ironing Board That's Haunted By The Ghost Of Jaws

My Friend Has An Ironing Board That's Haunted By The Ghost Of Jaws

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Nagawa (Cofa) Kishiki
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11 months ago

You're gonna need a bigger board.

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#2

My Mother's Pressing Iron Fell Onto Our Synthetic Carpet And Left A Perfect Mold

My Mother's Pressing Iron Fell Onto Our Synthetic Carpet And Left A Perfect Mold

I thought the bottom of the iron came off when I lifted the iron but it really is molten plastic

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Candace Fitzpatrick
Community Member
11 months ago

Carpet is ruined but that result is really neat!

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#3

I Guess It Happened On Monday

I Guess It Happened On Monday

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DEKU x TODOROKI
Community Member
11 months ago

oh. my.

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In a perfect world, nobody would ever have to do ironing (or washing), like, ever again. But surprise, surprise, we know very well that the world is far from perfect and you do need to iron that goddamn shirt from time to time.

Asking for help is one way to go about it, but if you want to feel like a responsible, independent adult, you’ll have to do it on your own. In order to make that time easy and pain-free, there are some basic principles when it comes to the art of ironing. I know this sounds like I’m being sarcastic, but trust me, making those creases even with a heated iron block is a form of art not meant for everyone.

The logic is simple: in order to master ironing, one has to try and avoid it all costs. I told you ironing is not for the faint-hearted, but if you go through this five-step program, the chances are you won’t see that fearful device any time soon.

#4

My Poor Girlfriend Wakes Up To Her Laptop With A Hot Iron On Top Of It Courtesy Of Her Brother

My Poor Girlfriend Wakes Up To Her Laptop With A Hot Iron On Top Of It Courtesy Of Her Brother

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Troux
Community Member
11 months ago

I hope she had a firewall enabled.

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#5

Well... Crap

Well... Crap

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Francis
Community Member
11 months ago

why would you wanna iron something like that?

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#6

After Investigating A Complaint (Smell), They Found That Guests Got High And Were Using The Hotel's Iron To Cook Dry-Rubbed Steaks

After Investigating A Complaint (Smell), They Found That Guests Got High And Were Using The Hotel's Iron To Cook Dry-Rubbed Steaks

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Johnny
Community Member
11 months ago

Desperate times call for desperate measures, and being high and hungry makes for desperate times.

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First, fold your clothes as soon as the dryer is done, because as soon as these crisp garments dry, they’ll develop creases and it will be too late.

The second step is not to dry your clothes fully, but leave them until they’re 80% done drying. Line-drying things would be the best and most crease-free way, but then you have to be patient and deal with humidity for longer than it’s necessary.

The third step is getting a garment steamer, which may sound like it’s a cousin of the iron, but trust me, it’s not. Steamers are easy to use and help with those daily touch-ups. Running the steamer gently over the surface takes a few minutes and you’re good to go.

#7

A Piece Of Furniture My Great Granny Used For Ironing

A Piece Of Furniture My Great Granny Used For Ironing

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btaglln
Community Member
11 months ago

That's pretty nice actually

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#8

My Steam Iron Wasn't Working Properly So I Decided To Run It With Vinegar, Thinking It Might Be Related To Calcium Deposits... Guess I Was Right

My Steam Iron Wasn't Working Properly So I Decided To Run It With Vinegar, Thinking It Might Be Related To Calcium Deposits... Guess I Was Right

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Sara Rodrigues
Community Member
11 months ago

The hot iron has a setting that helps remove the calcium deposits by expelling hot water. Usually I do it several times and it works like a charm!

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#9

Girlfriend Turned The New Iron On Without Checking The Bottom. She Turned It Into A Boiling Plastic Spreader

Girlfriend Turned The New Iron On Without Checking The Bottom. She Turned It Into A Boiling Plastic Spreader

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Ms.GB
Community Member
11 months ago

Honestly that's a pretty stupid move on the part of the iron manufacturer.

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The last step is simply to try ironing for once in your life and see how it goes. Even if it’s not for everyone, and most of humanity (especially millennials) refuses to come to terms with it, it doesn’t mean you can’t do it. Calling your friend, girlfriend, and mom (if you’re willing to spend an hour or so talking about auntie Betsy and her new retriever puppies) is always a good idea.

#10

When You Put Volvic Flavoured Water In Your Iron, It Doesn't Make Your Clothes Smell Of Forest Fruits It Just Melts All The Sugar And Ruins Your Iron And Top

When You Put Volvic Flavoured Water In Your Iron, It Doesn't Make Your Clothes Smell Of Forest Fruits It Just Melts All The Sugar And Ruins Your Iron And Top

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Stimpy
Community Member
11 months ago

Oh well, the curious minds will learn...

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#11

Oops. Someone Left The Iron On For Too Long

Oops. Someone Left The Iron On For Too Long

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Troux
Community Member
11 months ago

That's a pretty clean cut through though!

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#12

A Perfect Example Of Why I Hate Ironing

A Perfect Example Of Why I Hate Ironing

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zims
Community Member
11 months ago

This is why you 1. read the care instructions 2. iron things inside-out and 3. do a test patch

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#13

Ironing The New UK Notes... Great Idea

Ironing The New UK Notes... Great Idea

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Francis
Community Member
11 months ago

just why?!

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#14

"I Ironed My Shirt On The Board. I Thought I Could Do It On My Body. I Was Fine Until I Hit The Steam"

"I Ironed My Shirt On The Board. I Thought I Could Do It On My Body. I Was Fine Until I Hit The Steam"

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DEKU x TODOROKI
Community Member
11 months ago

wHy iN tHe wOrLd wOulD yOu iRoN a sHiRt ON yOuR bOdY!?!?!??

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#15

Someone At Work Accidentally Set A Hot Iron On The Table And It Melted Through

Someone At Work Accidentally Set A Hot Iron On The Table And It Melted Through

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zims
Community Member
11 months ago

Do people really think you're supposed to put the iron face-down when not in use?

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#16

Ripped Up The Carpet In My Room And Found The Shape Of An Iron Burned Into The Hardwood

Ripped Up The Carpet In My Room And Found The Shape Of An Iron Burned Into The Hardwood

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zims
Community Member
11 months ago

The only way to make this funnier is if you ripped up the carpet because you dropped an iron on it and it left a mark

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#17

There Was An Attempt To Iron My Mask

There Was An Attempt To Iron My Mask

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
11 months ago (edited)

But that's a paper mask?

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#18

Oh... Well, I Guess I've Got One Less Interview Outfit Then

Oh... Well, I Guess I've Got One Less Interview Outfit Then

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Francis
Community Member
11 months ago

do these people not read how to clean/wash/iron their clothes?

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#19

An Iron Melted Through This Plastic Table

An Iron Melted Through This Plastic Table

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Elizabeth Stewart
Community Member
11 months ago

This one is a lot more believable than others in this post.

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#20

Roommate Left The Iron On

Roommate Left The Iron On

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Ekate
Community Member
11 months ago

Do a few more - make a pressed flower shape!

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#21

Lesson Learned

Lesson Learned

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Andrew Gibb
Community Member
11 months ago

should be the dunce warehouse

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#22

We Do Not Sow

We Do Not Sow

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Tabitha L
Community Member
11 months ago

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#23

Ummm. Well, I Need A New Iron

Ummm. Well, I Need A New Iron

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zims
Community Member
11 months ago

How

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#24

Well Who Would Have Known Ties Don't Iron

Well Who Would Have Known Ties Don't Iron

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Sara Rodrigues
Community Member
11 months ago (edited)

They do but you have to put them underneath another cloth! I wonder if all these people never learned how ro iron... Well at least they're trying ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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#25

My Iron Fell And I Didn't Notice

My Iron Fell And I Didn't Notice

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Sarina Greenhaven
Community Member
11 months ago

Obviously

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#26

My House Is Littered With Evidence Of My Epic Housewife Skills. Stuff Like This

My House Is Littered With Evidence Of My Epic Housewife Skills. Stuff Like This

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Marcellus the Third
Community Member
11 months ago

Time to move the furniture and nobody knows. "Why this sidetable just off the centre of this room?" "Feng shui, that's why!"

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#27

Someone Put Sugar Syrup In The Iron

Someone Put Sugar Syrup In The Iron

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Verena Gitterle
Community Member
11 months ago

thats mean!

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#28

Clothes Iron Fell From The Other Side

Clothes Iron Fell From The Other Side

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(っ◔◡◔)っ im a domestic weeb
Community Member
11 months ago

may your wallet and computer rest in peace

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#29

Dropped A Hot Iron On The Hardwood

Dropped A Hot Iron On The Hardwood

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justagirl
Community Member
11 months ago

Sand paper and lacquer will solve it.

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#30

The Carpet Has Battle Scars

The Carpet Has Battle Scars

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Happy Days
Community Member
11 months ago

Don't know why everyone irons.....I just use the dryer, never have wrinkles!

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