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Irons are a handy appliance to have, even if you take your laundry and dry cleaning to a professional.  You never know when you’ll need to touch up a few items.

I’ve been asked several times how to keep an iron clean, and free from dirt or starch build-up.  Below are a few tips to help you clean that iron and keep it in tip-top shape!

  1. If you use a steam iron, NEVER use water from the tap.  ALWAYS use distilled water, as this will eliminate mineral build up on the face of the iron.
  2. After each use, let the iron cool down and empty any remaining water in the reservoir tank
  3. To clean the iron, mix a paste of 2 tablespoons of baking soda with 1 tablespoon of water.  Using a soft cloth or paper towel, spread the past all over the face of the iron.  Let it sit just a few minutes.
  4. Remove the paste with a soft damp cloth
  5. To remove dirt and starch build-up from steam holes, dampen a Q-tip with distilled water, and clean each steam hole
  6. Fill the water reservoir about 1/2 full, and turn on your iron.  Allow it plenty of time to heat up
  7. Iron over a soft dish cloth or hand towel, using steam periodically to clean out the steam holes thoroughly.  Do this for about 5 minutes
  8. Allow the iron to cool and empty any remaining water
  9. Wipe down the face of the iron after completely cooled, with a soft damp cloth

Taking just a few minutes to clean your iron and care for it properly will help keep it in great operating shape and eliminate any unfortunate staining from dirt or mineral deposits.


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July 11, 2011 at 8:51 pm


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Many of you are do-it-your-selfers…meaning that if there’s something to be done, instead of leaving it to the experts, you will do it yourself.  That’s great; if you know what you are doing! 

When it comes to ironing, people take one of three approaches:

  1. Some of you will go ahead and take everything to the dry cleaner because you either don’t have time or don’t know how to iron clothes properly. 
  2. Some of you will skip the ironing of clothes completely.  You think that a few wrinkles won’t matter, and you just go for it!  But when you step out of the house, your clothes are screaming “Hey, guess what – I skipped the ironing…wrinkles rock!”
  3. Then there are some of you who are the do-it-your-selfers…you jump in there and iron your clothes and save yourself the money it would have cost to take it to the cleaners.  That’s great; however, make sure you know the proper way to iron, so that when you step out of the house, your clothes don’t say “Hey, I ironed this shirt myself!”

For all of you do-it-your-selfers, I’d like to share this entertaining, yet informative video with you so that you can learn how to iron a shirt like a pro.


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June 20, 2011 at 7:00 am