Dear Heloise: I have a NONSTICK IRON that has sticky residue on it. The residue comes off on clothes when I try to use the iron. How do I get rid of the sticky residue without harming the nonstick surface? How do I prevent my iron from getting the residue again? -- A Reader, via e-mail
First, check your owner’s manual or the company’s Web site. Or you can use one of my favorite cleaning products, vinegar. Take a damp cloth, soak it in diluted white or apple-cider vinegar and wipe the bottom surface of the COOL iron. Do this only while the iron is UNPLUGGED. This should remove the buildup, but it may take several tries. You also can use a plastic scrubbie.
The residue can come from many things: a fabric that melted onto the iron; or, if you use starch, especially spray starch, it can leave a buildup that needs to be cleaned occasionally. Want to know what else vinegar can do for you? Order my Heloise’s Fantabulous Vinegar Hints and More pamphlet by sending $5 and a long, self-addressed, stamped (65 cents) envelope to: Heloise/Vinegar, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. Have an aluminum pot that is discolored? Put 1 cup of vinegar and 1 cup of water in the pot and boil away the stain. -- Heloise