Yes, the home automator in you is going to look at this and protest. Yes you could do this with a Z-Wave socket or whatever and a home automation controller and some of your finest logic scripting. But sometimes the KISS principal is best obeyed and simple is often better for members of the family who are, shall we say, less technically adept than you.
So here’s a great little £11 product, the Belkin Energy Saving Socket with Timer, which has dozens of uses around any home. First select the timer value from the switch on the side – 30 minutes, 3 hours or 6 hours. Then plugin your appliance and hit the Start button on top.
Hopefully thats the last time you’ll hear those immortal words, “did I turn the iron off!?”.