A wonderful thing happened when my iron quit on me. I found a whole new community of iron women who wanted to tell their iron stories and share their experiences and advice (and even emailed pictures of their irons, which I loved to see). There were women who loved the irons which they had for 20 years or more, women who can’t seem to find the right iron and everything in between.
So I learned a lot. But even with all the advice, there is no consensus and I still have to draw from my own experience and knowledge and intuition and make decisions based on all the information.
Before my iron died, I had no idea you could use an iron without water. I had this idea that the iron would fry without water. (I don’t know where this idea came from, it just seemed logical to me. So much for my logic) Now knowing that an iron works without steam (and some people say even better) I’ve decided to use my iron dry and to use a spray bottle for the tough wrinkles. I’ll see how this works and if I like it, the next time I’m in the market for an iron, I’ll get one of the irons from the Vermont Country Store that are not steam irons. I’ve heard they last forever. (I’ve also decided if I do choose to use my iron as a steam iron, I’ll use distilled water not tap water) The other think I’ll do is return my Shark iron (I saved all the receipts and warranties) and buy an inexpensive iron as a back up.
So, it’s simple, but that’s my latest plan, thanks to all of you for your help and advice. And if you stick around long enough, I’m sure you’ll see, as I will, what works and what doesn’t.