Cleaning Your Iron Will Make the Task Easier
One of the dreaded tasks that fall into the household cleaning and tidying category is ironing. These days there are thankfully many new miracle fabrics that require little or no ironing. But what about your absolutely favorite linen suit or a Navy uniform? These items must be ironed. The problem with many irons, especially less expensive ones is that the sole plate (the bottom of the iron) gets a buildup that can stain clothing. Cleaning the sole plate will be an easy task. Just let the iron cool off and wipe the sole plate with a sudsy nylon scrubbing pad. Be sure to thoroughly rinse the area. If the sole plate still needs more work, use a soft cloth with white vinegar and some dissolved salt. Never use abrasive pads on the sole plate.
Cleaning the reservoir is also important. Fill it with white vinegar about half full. Then iron a soft cloth until the reservoir is empty. Run some plain distilled water through to rinse out the vinegar. Pour the water out through the front of the iron so the reservoir is empty. Store the iron standing upright. Never store the iron with water in the reservoir.
If you can afford it, it’s generally worth spending a little more on a really good iron. Rowenta makes particularly great irons. They supply irons to designers during New York Fashion Week. One thing I like about these irons is that the sole plates feature over 400 vent holes versus under 100 in most irons you can find in discount stores. The iron features a power steam setting so that you can actually steam your clothing while on hangers rather than on an ironing board.
Cleaning Red Wine Stains From Fabric
There is a magic way of cleaning red wine out of fabric. As soon as the spill happens and while it is still damp, soak the fabric in white wine…yes white wine! It will neutralize the red wine stain and your blouse, table cloth or sweater will look like new.
Editor’s Note: We originally published this article in September 2015. We have edited it for freshness, accuracy and comprehensiveness.