How To Clean Iron: Baking Soda, Vinegar And 4 More Quick And Easy Methods To Wipe The Stains Away

December 4, 2019 10:48

Learning how to clean iron isn't a particularly difficult task. In fact, of all the many household DIY hacks out there, this chore is actually one of the simple ones. Plus, there are so many options out there that it's easy to find one that works for you based on the ingredients you have at home.

Before we get into all that, though, you may want to know a quick way to remove burnt fabric from iron. This can come in handy if you just burnt your clothes and need to remove the fabric so you can iron another.

According to Homeguides, all you need to do is plug the iron in and put it in the lowest heat setting. When it warms up, the burnt fabric will start to soften. You can then scrape it off with a wooden spatula or similar object.

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How to clean iron - 6 simple methods

For this DIY, we'll go through a few simple ways, courtesy of Handy, to get those stains out of your iron and leave it sparkling clean.

1. Baking soda and water combo

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Mix some baking soda with a little water so you get a paste. Rub the paste on the bottom of the iron and use a soft brush to scrub. Finally, wipe away with some clean water. Ensure the iron dries before you use it again.

2. Clean an iron with vinegar and baking soda

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Make a solution with some vinegar and baking soda then soak a towel in it. Afterward, lay the soaked towel on a flat surface and run the (turned off) iron over the towel as if you're ironing it.

3. The toothpaste method

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You can also clean an iron bottom with some white toothpaste. Simply rub this on the iron's soleplate then wipe off with a damp cloth.

4. Kitchen sponges

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These can come in handy too, especially if you use a non-scratch kitchen sponge. Scrub the bottom of the iron with soap and water. Wipe with a dry towel.

5. Dishwashing detergent

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Pour a few drops of this liquid soap into some water. Then soak a small, soft rag in it which you'd then use to wipe off stains from the iron's soleplate.

6. Salt

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For this method, you'd have to turn your iron on. Pour an ample amount of salt on a sheet of paper then run your warm iron over that paper. Do this a few times then unplug the iron and leave it to cool. When it's cool, wipe away the salt with a soft cloth.

Some ironing tips

To keep from burning your clothes and constantly needing to clean your iron, ensure you follow the garment care instructions carefully.

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According to Persil, when lowering your iron heat setting, wait for the indicator light to come up then go off before ironing. You should also avoid ironing over sharp areas like buttons and zips.

For many people, ironing is a soothing chore. But it can quickly become frustrating if you burn your fabric or if you're using an unclean iron. So we hope these tips and methods have made things much easier for you. Be sure to share them with others too.

This material is provided for informational purposes only. Some of the products and items discussed in this article may cause an allergic reaction and damage your health. Before use, consult a certified technician/specialist. The editorial board is not responsible for any harm or other consequences that may be caused by the use of the methods, products or items described in this article.

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