Each Friday morning I do my ironing. Mainly place mats and my monogrammed handkerchiefs. It is a chore, but by having it on Friday’s to do list it gets done and I don’t dread it all weekend. This system has worked well for me ever since I was a little kid.
I’ve always thought the whole ironing process was clunky and inefficient. The ironing board makes a horrendous sound as I unfold it and the iron always needs water and the cord gets tangled constantly. A few years back I had just finished up my ironing when I happen to see one of my hankies on the ground near my mailbox. I frequently use one to cover my mouth and nose when I check the mail because of all the smoke and pollen (and horseflies). I must have dropped it without realizing it when being chased by a horsefly. Anyway, I went out and picked it up and decided to go ahead and iron it and put it away in my hankie drawer (downstairs bathroom). I had already unplugged the iron, but I thought it was still hot enough to iron just one more small handkerchief.
It was plenty hot and did a great job without even being plugged in. I was amazed at how much easier and freer the ironing was without the entanglement of a cord. I started thinking about developing a cordless iron. I usually do my invention brainstorming sessions on Saturday morning, but I have to tell you that I was so jazzed about this concept that I rescheduled changing the litter box (Fridays) and decided to go ahead and delve into the invention session immediately following the ironing session.
I must say I have had a very difficult time trying to figure out how to heat the iron and maintain a high degree of heat without electricity. I thought about batteries, but I always put them in backwards and have basically sworn them off. I thought about microwaving the iron to get it hot, but that caused my microwave to spark and catch on fire. Plus carrying the microwave to my ironing area (garage) each Friday morning seemed a bit excessive and strenuous. It has been a long three years and I’ve estimated (if you count all the drawings and clay models) that I have spent over 20 minutes over the course to these three years trying to come up with a cordless iron solution.
I am happy to report that my latest design has solved this vexing problem. I’m able to create and maintain an appropriate amount of heat to iron even the most wrinkled place mats. (How do they get so wrinkled? Beats me). I have designed and iron with a little tiny furnace. Once you build the fire (you have to blow on it) and get it really going you have all the heat you need to iron and iron very effectively. My next invention will be a saw that can be used to saw up the little tiny bits of firewood required for the wood burning iron.
Also, I need to go change the litter box and give my cat a tetnus shot. He so dirty. Dirty cat.