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Vinegar in the Laundry: Steam Iron Cleaner

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Vinegar in the Laundry: Steam Iron Cleaner

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Mineral deposits can clog an iron's steam vents and spray nozzles. To remove those deposits,fill the water chamber with a solution of equal parts white distilled vinegar and distilled water. Set the iron in an upright position on a heatproof surface and let it steam for about five minutes. When the iron is cool, rinse the tank with water. Then refill the iron and shake water through the vents onto an old cloth. Iron an old cloth for several minutes before moving on to wearable garments.

To remove scorch marks from the faceplate of an iron, rub with a warmed-up solution of equal parts white distilled vinegar and salt. Finish with a cloth dampened with full-strength white distilled vinegar.

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