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Thread: Well I feel like an idiot

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    Today I poured about a 1/4 cup of water in my iron and went along my merry way. A few minutes later I noticed a funny smell, but I thought it was some starch that had oversprayed on the ironing board. Later it was worse and I suddenly realized that what I thought was water was flat Sprite.

    I rinsed the iron out as well as I could just by pouring water in and dumping it out again, but is there any way to get the inside of the iron clean?

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    rinse and dump
    rinse and dump
    rinse and dump

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    are sewing late at night? I know it's time for me to go to bed when I make silly mistakes.

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    I was afraid of that.

    Now I'm worried it's going to have bits of burned sugar inside and when i'm pressing quilt pieces it will leave big brown blotches.

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    Rinse thoroughly several times with warm water and you should be fine. Test it on scrap fabric first, though, just to be certain. You're not the only person who's done something silly. Don't worry about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bertadel
    are sewing late at night? I know it's time for me to go to bed when I make silly mistakes.
    No, midmorning, I just wasn't thinking. :oops: I pretty much have banned myself from sewing after 9:00 at night, though. I tend to make a lot of cutting and math mistakes at that point.

    By the way, I like the sampler quilt in your avatar.

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    Oh wow! I hope you get it all out! If not...just think how "sweet" your quilts will be!! :/
    Best of luck!

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    HAve you seen the commercial where the guy starts the BBQ and when he notices a funny smell, the camera pans to the bag of dog food. LOL Just clean it out well and all should be OK.

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    Does your iron have the steam all the time button ? After a few rinses I would turn the iron up all the way, push in the button and let it run thru all the water, do that a few times to make sure you get the pop out from the holes :thumbup: Good Luck and keep us posted

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    Well, I rinsed and dumped, plugged it in again and let it heat up, ran it with steam awhile, rinsed and dumped again. It doesn't seem to be leaving stains, but we'll see. You know how it goes, on an old stained tea towel it will do just fine, but on my $9 a yard quilt fabric it might leave big stains.

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    You can also try adding vinegar to the iron and letting it steam out. It will smell a bit. You can steam it out into an old towel. It should remove any sticky build up from the Sprite and any hard water or mineral deposits inside the iron.

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    I agree with letting it steam itself out. Fill it with vinager water (1/4-3/4) and set the iron on a folded cotton towel with the steam button pushed in. Let the iron just sit there and go through the entire tank. Do this a couple of times. And when you do start to use the iron, use a pressing cloth for the first several times. Hope this helps.

    OH - - you might also want to check with the person qwho takes care of your sewing machine. Most of their techs can also work on irons. Although if the iron is just a regular iron and not one of the really expensive ones, it might be worth it just to pitch the irohn and buy a new one. With me I would probably just buy a new iron and see the $$s as the price for my sanity.

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    Butterfly, I did that very same thing years ago. Just did the dump and repeat thing, but also after several times of that, I filled with water and held the iron over the sink and just kept steaming.

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    I would pour some white vinager into it and turn it on steam and set it over the sink. then do plain water

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    All sound like great tips for the boo boo.

    Vinegar works wonders and it should help with the residue.

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    I was going to suggest vinegar also.

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    Vinegar. Just like for your coffeemaker you can clean out an iron. Put the vinegar in and let it heat up and then steam the heck out of it on a towel. Then rinse out the water tank and replace with refresh water and steam again to make sure vinegar is out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by texas granny
    I would pour some white vinager into it and turn it on steam and set it over the sink. then do plain water
    White vinegar, set heat to the highest level, steam away. Rinse a couple times with clear water and you should be good to go. I only drink hot coffee or hot tea in my sewing room for fear of doing that very thing. :?

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    lmao, so sorry for your mstake, but it is funny. hope your iron gets better

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    Well if nothing else you made me feel better. I'm not the only one that does things like that.

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    Well yuk, glad I'm not the only one with brain flight moments, Good Luck !!

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    Sounds like something I would do! NO soda allowed near my iron! Thanks for the tips on cleaning an iron with vinegar, everyone. Mine has been leaving white chalky mineral stuff on things when I iron, time to clean it!

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    :lol: :lol: Sorry, I can't help but laugh! It sounds like something I would do!!

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    white vinegar, same as you would use in your coffee maker. then rinse.

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    I always put some white vinigar in my iron with the water. it seems to make the steam steamier and wrinkles fall out of the fabric quicker.

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