Your clothes look good after ironing them, but you may notice your iron looks dull and overused. Bring your iron back to life with a quick cleaning. We have several easy methods that will help you get a clean iron.
Use Water And Vinegar
First make sure the iron is unplugged and cool before cleaning it. Then grab a bowl and add 1 teaspoon of water and 2 teaspoons of baking soda. Stir well until the mixture is a paste.
Apply the paste all over the face of the iron with a cloth or sponge and scrub gently. Grab a clean slightly damp cloth and wipe off the paste. Make sure there is none left on the face of the iron.
Don’t forget about the steam holes! Insert a wet cotton swab into the holes and scrub until you’re satisfied. Then fill the reservoir with 3/4 cup of water and 1/4 cup of vinegar. Turn the iron on and let the steam flush out the vent holes. The vinegar-water mix will remove any build-up or grime from the holes and prevent clogs.
Pour out any extra liquid and let the iron cool (but don’t forget to add water next time you use it). You’re done! Your iron should be nice and sparkly.
Quick tip: emptying the water out after every use prevents mineral deposits and grime build-up in the reservoir.
Use Coarse Salt
Make sure the iron is unplugged and completely cool before cleaning it. Place a clean paper towel on a flat surface and sprinkle 1 tablespoon of coarse salt over the surface. Turn the iron to the highest possible setting and turn the steam off completely.
Lightly press the iron down on the salted paper towel. Move it back and forth a few times. That should be all you need to do! Rub the iron across the salt until your iron’s surface is clean. Unplug and let it cool.
A Clean Iron for Crisp Clothes
Now the iron will glide over your clothes! An iron only needs to be cleaned a couple times a year (depending on how much it is used). If you ever need a refresher, come back and check out our tip when it’s time to clean the iron again.