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Looking after your iron
You need to maintain your iron in the right way to give it a longer lifetime. If you know that you live in an area where the water is very hard, it can be useful to use distilled water. This way you avoid having to descale it so often. Cleaning is also important. Cleaning the iron from time to time is essential to avoid getting a nasty surprise when you iron a white shirt. To avoid scratching the soleplate, you can use a soft cloth, vinegar and water. Cotton buds are practical for cleaning the holes.
If the iron needs to be cleaned internally, you can make a strong vinegar solution and pour it in. The iron should then be allowed to steam until all of the liquid is used up. You then fill it up again with just water, and allow this to steam through. It's important to always read the manual. Some irons are self-cleaning and it's also important to check exactly what your iron can handle
When you've finished ironing, it's important to empty it of water. Otherwise there's a risk that it can leak water down to the soleplate, which can be damaged and discoloured. This reduces both the lifetime of the iron and increases the risk of spots.
You particularly want to be able to wear best clothes when you're on holiday. But after they've been stuffed into a case, an iron is pretty well essential to achieve a respectable appearance. You can often borrow irons at the hotel, but there are also small irons which are perfect to take with you. However, it's important to check whether you can have one in your hand baggage and/or hold baggage to avoid a nasty surprise at the security check.
If you have an old product and it's time for a new iron, you need to recycle your old one. Irons are disposed of as electrical waste, but make sure you remove any batteries first as these should be recycled separately.