When it comes to pastimes, ironing is normally seen as housework more than a hobby, but there are actually people out there who have a real passion for pressing clothes, but choose to keep their ironing obsession behind closed doors.
Although women statistically still do the majority of the ironing in the home, the men who do iron do tend to enjoy the task at hand. (If you know any, let us know!)
It’s not just the average man or woman in the street who enjoys ironing though. A number of celebrities have come out of the woodwork who have a passion for steaming their shirts too!
The former Justice Secretary Jack Straw is one such public figure who finds ironing a pleasure. The Labour MP for Blackburn admits he likes to do it whilst watching football and finds the task relaxing. He also said he gets satisfaction from finishing a shirt.
Daybreak presenter Christine Bleakley describes her ironing hobby as one of the weirdest hobbies imaginable adding “I know it’s boring but I’m madly obsessed”.
Another celebrity who lists ironing as a hobby (along with knitting) is Amy Winehouse. A number of reports in the media suggest she can’t get enough of ironing anything from shirts to bed sheets.
There are even secret ironing fans in the world of sports too where you might not expect to find them. In an interview a few days after becoming the IBF World Heavyweight Champion in 2006, boxer Wladimir Klitschko said his favourite way to relax was by ironing! He added he never let anyone else touch his shirts (and we wouldn’t argue with that!)
Former England Rugby League boss and current Wakefield Wildcat head coach uses ironing as a way of coping with the pressure of big matches, finding it therapeutic and relaxing working through a large load of laundry.
We don’t think there is any need to apologise for having a passion for ironing. Thousands of people up and down the country do. Let us know if you are, like us, an ironing fan.
Whether you’re a secret ironing fan or not you could bag yourself £500 just by doing the ironing! We’ve got three lots of £500 to give away and three golden irons in our video competition The World Ironing Championships! Check out the official competition page to find out you can win.