Regular istriwallas across South India are getting a makeover. They will soon replace charcoal and electric iron with a cost-effective iron box which runs on Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG). Many laundry services in Coimbatore are slowly preferring this environment-friendly option over the traditional variety.
While speaking to NDTV about the feasibility of this innovative option, a presser from Coimbatore who uses the LPG-powered iron said that LPG-run irons were safer and far more economical as compared to the traditional charcoal-fired iron box and the regular electric irons.
“Earlier we used to use charcoal for ironing. There was always a fear that fire pieces or ash may fall on the clothes and damage them. We then started using electric iron box, but there was always a fear of electric shocks.”
Talking about the cost-effectiveness of this trendy option, he said that ‘5 kgs of gas could iron more than 800 clothes’. He also stated that the handy gas-run irons take lesser time as compared to the conventional methods to iron clothes.
Also, this new device prevents pollution. In the traditional charcoal powered variety of irons, the launderers end up inhaling carbon dioxide for a long time, leading to several respiratory issues.