At the risk of encroaching on an old thread, I'd like to share a rather unusual tip I was given, courtesy of the housekeeper at Chatsworth House. (I might add it was via her book 'Tips, Tales and Tipples.) To clean an iron that has burnt on fibres, rub a paracetamol tablet over the scorched part and it will come up like new! ( I hasten to add that it doesn't work with a plastic coated capsule...) It really does work! Anyone else any unlikely tips?