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can u iron money straight

okay in the movie "Get Rich or Die Trying" it shows 50 ironing some money. is it possible to iron bills straight if so on what level(cotton,ETC)?

Kiteman5 years ago
As long as the note does not contain a high proportion of plastic fibres (check under the microscope - they look smooth and featureless), or has unusual laminations, the answer is "yes".

Most modern bank-notes are mainly cotton-based (which is why old, crumpled notes feel so much like cloth), but some modern anti-forgery technologies use plastic fibres, or sections of plastic foil stuck to or in the note.

Lay your notes under a cotton handkerchief or teatowel, and iron on a steam setting.  Do not use a dry heat, or you may burn the paper.
Quenyan1 year ago
There is a better way to straighten money if you have the patience. You need a hand sanitizer (preferably something that smells nice - your choice), paper towel that can absorb a lot of water and gloves if you have really dry skin (alcohol in the sanitizer can harm your skin).

Apply tiny squeezes of sanitizer on the notes use your hand to spread the sanitzer evenly on the note. Let it stay for 10 seconds. Use the paper towel to gently straighten the note out. At the same time, the paper towel absorbs the remaining moisture. Put this note in a sturdy book and leave it.

If you use soap water for this purpose, water takes a long time to dry while alcohol dries our pretty quick. I always use this method to straighten my currency as the vending machines sometimes do not accept crumpled notes and it gets really irritating when its the only note in your pocket.
Gorfram5 years ago
(Well, if you're going to launder it, it only makes sense to iron it , too. :)

Sure. Wash it (warm water with a drop or two or dishwashing detergent, rinse well, hang to dry), and then iron it while it's still damp. Or you can just dampen it with a spray bottle before ironing it.

The "Silk" setting should probably work fine. If not, don't turn the iron up past the "Rayon" setting (unless you want that browned, "antiqued" look that Burf mentions). Rayon and paper are both based on the cellulose molecule, and should react to heat about the same.
Gorfram Gorfram5 years ago
Yikes - I forgot all about the plastic fibers Kiteman mentioned. I think some of the latest anti-counterfeit technologies may even involve embedding eensy-beensy little microchips in the paper.

The advice I gave above applies only to "old money" - the kind that, for US currency, is only the one greenback/color-of-money green.
(Note: all of the following applies only to US currency, which is the the only kind I have any sort of experience with.)
For the new bills - the ones printed with extra colors of ink, and where the relevant president has escaped from his traditional oval frame - I don't know.

If you feel like risking it, use the lowest (probably "Acetate/Acrylic") setting on the iron. You might want to do a test run on the smallest available bill first, and get it verified at the bank before doing all your bills.

Or you could try flattening a damp bill carefully onto a paper or thin cotton towel; covering it with a second towel while making sure it remains perfectly flat (this bit can be tricky); putting a flat, heavy, and preferably waterproof object on top; and letting it dry (at least) overnight. If you got the bill perfectly flat between the two towels, it should come out perfectly flat when dry.
Yes.  "Paper" money is actually made from linen.  Back when I still acted on my OCD, I used to starch it as well; this made for extra-crisp bills.
I must admit to having done this myself just to get nice neat bills to go in the wallet...creased wrinkly money is no fun!
orksecurity5 years ago
Simpler answer: Bring it to a bank, ask for fresh bills.
V-Man7375 years ago
Yes!
The bills need to be moist, as Kiteman mentioned, to keep them from burning. The cloth fibers in them give them significant toughness. After ironing them, hang them up to dry. But be careful the cops don't catch you laundering the money!
jonrb5 years ago
i think your safest bet would be to put it underneath some kind of fabric and iron on top of that. that way you have much less chance of tearing of soaking the money, thus ruining it 
Burf5 years ago
Sure. I can't say I have ever ironed money but I have ironed some high cotton content paper that I was trying to give an antique look. I wadded the paper into tight balls then dampened it and ironed it smooth again. It worked very well.
I just set the iron at one of the middle settings and kept ironing it until it started to take on that brown, aged look. You can do the same with money, just stop ironing it a little sooner.
Now I gotta ask, what are you planning on doing?