The first step in a new project for me is to choose the fabrics. Back in January, I picked up the border stripe and accompanying scatter fabric for the table runner. I thought I had also purchased the large sunflower print, but it is nowhere to be found in my stash (until the dash of course). I spent an hour or so digging through buckets to find the accompanying fabrics and checking them under the ott lite.
So I pulled out a hand towel and squeezed out some Dritz hot iron cleaner. The directions on the tube state to rub the hot iron (set to cotton) on the folded rag in a circular motion.
As you can see, the towel now has the dirt. And that will wash out.
This is a dry iron, from Vermont Country Store. I like it because it does not have the steam holes, so nothing to catch the fabric in when pressing, and much easier to maintain. I keep a spray bottle of water near by to spritz in case I feel the need to steam a seam. This works well for me, as I also don't have to worry about steam burns while using the iron. And I no longer have the problem of an iron spitting hot water at me.