Cleaning Steam Irons
Avoid being steamed by steam!
The first U.S. steamboat sailed up the Red River in 1859. Steam was soon being used for many things, from power generators to automobiles. At home, steam irons took wrinkles out of clothes. But over time these wonderful inventions become clogged with mineral deposits, causing them to sputter and spit, steaming housewives instead of laundered clothes.
When steam vents get clogged, drain water from the reservoir and refill it with white vinegar. Since most irons steam in the ironing position only, you won’t have to stand there and hold it. Turn the iron on and place it face down on the broiler pan from your oven. The steam will pass right through the slots and collect in the pan below. Later, use a pipe cleaner or toothpick to fully clear vent holes in the bottom plate.