How to Maintain your Iron

After my post yesterday, one of our readers, David, emailed with a helpful note saying any good iron should have a self-cleaning setting. You should use the feature about once a month. Another reader, JT, noted that some irons, like the Rowenta I pictured, should not be used with distilled water. I Googled the manual and apparently the company recommends bottled spring water. Probably always best to check your own users’ manual. 

Jesse also sent me this link, which covers almost anything and everything you’d want to know about ironing, including how to clean your machines. It’s from a book that he’s recommended before, and after reading a few pages, I’m convinced that I need to get my own copy. Seriously, take a look at the link he sent - the section alone on ironing is probably enough to make you a world’s expert on the subject. DealOz shows a bunch of sites that will sell you a copy for about $10. 

I got so pumped up when I recommended Home Comforts on the blog the other day that I recommended it on my TV show.

When I was researching the Q&A for episode four of Put This On, I reached for one of my favorite reference books, “Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House,” by Cheryl Mendelson. Ms. Mendelson is a true domestic goddess.
The book offers practical advice and explanations of everything from laundry to vacuuming to sewing to entertaining. It’s exceptionally well-written and absolutely fascinating. The advice is consistently excellent, as well. It’s my shortcut to figuring out how to do things the Right Way.
Of particular note to readers of the blog are the careful explanations of the valuable properties of various fabrics, the simple explanations of clothing repair techniques, and the rundowns on ironing and stain removal. Whether you live alone, or share home care duties with a partner, it’s essential information.
The book costs less than twenty bucks, and it’s worth every penny.

When I was researching the Q&A for episode four of Put This On, I reached for one of my favorite reference books, “Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House,” by Cheryl Mendelson. Ms. Mendelson is a true domestic goddess.

The book offers practical advice and explanations of everything from laundry to vacuuming to sewing to entertaining. It’s exceptionally well-written and absolutely fascinating. The advice is consistently excellent, as well. It’s my shortcut to figuring out how to do things the Right Way.

Of particular note to readers of the blog are the careful explanations of the valuable properties of various fabrics, the simple explanations of clothing repair techniques, and the rundowns on ironing and stain removal. Whether you live alone, or share home care duties with a partner, it’s essential information.

The book costs less than twenty bucks, and it’s worth every penny.