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My iron smells bad and transfers the smell to clothing. I have had my iron for 10 years and love it, but my housekeeper left water in it.

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    Can hear the pump working, but water is not being transferred from the filling dock to the iron

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Hey, You have a "Mildew" issue. Just like leaving clothes in the washer too long before putting them into the dryer. If you read your iron's manual, it is recommended to use "Distilled" water...not tap water. Tap water has impurities...Distilled water does not. Here's the fix...MAKE SURE YOU ARE HOME WHEN YOU DO THIS! Get distilled water (From Grocery Store) Mix 1/2 cup distilled water with 1/2 cup vinegar. Put this into your iron and leave it on. To help it along, push the "Steam" button frequently. You can do this several times...the acid in the vinegar will clean out the residue. Once this is done, fill the iron with water, add a couple of drops of lemon juice and you'll be good to go. I know this to be fact...just did it myself : )

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Yes, it is ALWAYS best to use distilled water in any iron, no matter what a specific manufacturer may, or may not, say. The reason is simple: There's nothing in distilled water to contaminate your iron, and as a result, you will not have stained clothes.

If your iron is already dirty from using tap water... clean with mixture of vinegar and water by pouring mixture into iron, bring to full temp for a few mins, flush through steam vents, and rinse with distilled water. You may need to invert your iron to purge the water from tank as well. Repeat as many times as needed until perfectly clean.

Once clean, NEVER use any other type of water in you iron. Period. Always use distilled water. Hope this helps...

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