Quick Tips for Caring for Your Clothes Iron: Irons need to be maintained just like any other appliance. Follow these tips to make the process easy and fast.
Wipe clean after every use. The best way to prevent your iron from requiring a deep cleaning is to wipe it down every time you use it. Let the iron cool completely before cleaning so you don’t burn yourself. Spray a cleaning cloth or paper towel lightly with all-purpose spray, and wipe the iron clean, paying special attention to the ironing plate.
Empty the water reservoir every time. It may be tempting to leave the water in your iron after use, but this can allow bacteria, mold, and minerals to build up, which can be difficult to clean and may shorten the life of your iron.
Clean starch from your iron with baking soda. Form a thick paste with baking soda and distilled water. Dip a white cloth or paper towel into the paste, and use to scrub the soleplate. Wipe the plate clean with a damp microfiber cloth. If any baking soda residue remains, rinse with a little white vinegar, then wipe again with the damp microfiber cloth.
Iron salt to remove stains and residue from the soleplate. Pour some salt on a piece of paper, and run your iron over the salt several times to remove stains and residue left behind from ironing clothes. Unplug the iron, and once cooled, wipe it with a clean cloth.
Unclog a steam iron with vinegar. Mix 1/2 cup of white vinegar with 1/2 cup of distilled water. Use distilled water because the clog is most likely caused by minerals in your tap water. Pour the mixture into a completely cool and unplugged iron. Put the iron in an upright position, and look at the steam ducts in the soleplate. If you see any mineral deposits, clean them with a microfiber cloth or old toothbrush. Turn on the iron, and set it to steam. Once it heats up, press the steam button several times to circulate the vinegar through the steam ducts. Turn off the iron, and let it cool completely. Pour out any remaining vinegar solution, and put away the iron.
Use ice cubes to remove melted plastic. Fill a sturdy bowl or pan with ice cubes, place the stained part of the iron on the ice, and let it sit for 10 minutes. Once the plastic hardens from the cold, use a plastic putty knife to remove the plastic, then clean the iron with a thick paste made with baking soda and distilled water. If the melted plastic gets on clothes, put them in the freezer, and use the putty knife to scrape away the hardened plastic.
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