Ironing was one of my assigned chores when I was growing up. My mother started me with pillowcases and dresser scarves. When I had pressed them to her satisfaction, I was promoted to ironing my brother's shirts. I liked to see the row of hangers on the top door frame, displaying the crisply, pressed shirts.
It was essential to dampen the fabric to aid in the process. I remember using a bowl of warm water, dipping my fingers in it, and then flicking the water off of my fingers onto the fabric.
Mom also had the cork device with holes in the top that was placed a top a soda pop bottle. I preferred the finger-flicking method to the bottle topper. One by one, the pillow cases, scarves, and shirts were dampened and rolled and placed at the end of the ironing board. By the time all of the items were dampened, the first items were ready to press. To me, the smell of that damp fabric being pressed with a hot iron was heavenly: it smelled of the sunshine because all the laundry was sun-dried.
Now, of course clothing can be pulled out of the dryer before too many wrinkles set in, but ironing is still necessary for 100% cotton items. The spritzer bottle has replaced finger-flicking. Yet, with all the modern conveniences it is hard to obtain a nice pressed finish. At least, it was until I discovered Mary Ellen's Best Press.
I love this product! I haven't had such nicely pressed pillow cases in years. It is easy to use and makes ironing effortless. My iron just glides over the fabric and even deep-set wrinkles disappear quickly. In my opinion, Mary Ellen is a genius. If you have vintage linens that need pressing, I recommend this product. If you want to add a light touch of starch to your favorite cotton shirt, try Best Press. I don't think you will be disappointed.