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malana3 | 15:05 Sat 02nd Jan 2016 | Home & Garden
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When I purchased a Tefal steam iron some 2 or 3 years ago I recall that the instructions specifically advised against using tumble drier condensate as a source of water to refill its water container. I have now purchased a condensing
tumble drier and the condensate would appear to be totally pure. Can any ABer please advise why this water, which must be lime free, is unsuitable to use in a steam iron. Many thanks.

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It would be okay if you are absolutely positive that there is no lint or bits in the water.
The water in your tumble drier is just the last rinse water from your washing machine - the bit that was not removed by spinning. It's no different from tap water except that it will have traces of detergent in it.
not quite BHG, it will have been evaporated off the clothes and condensed into the reservoir in the machine, so no hardness but often bits of lint seem to get blown into mine.
Yes you're right Woolfie - I think the lint will be more of a problem to the iron as it will block the jets.
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Thank you all for your responses. It would seem that the presence of lint in the condensate could well be the reason that Tefal advised against its use. Following the comments I put a sample of condensate into a clear beaker and the amount of lint floating about was surprising. I'm glad I asked.
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