My husband Keith LOVES his iron. He irons absolutely everything! I'm not kidding - everything! He got a new iron for Christmas. It is already getting a brown buildup on the plate. He was hoping I could find a homemade cleaning solution. I scoured the internet. There were so many different ideas out there. Some were pretty weird. One idea that seemed to pop up in many different methods was using was using white vinegar. I poured some on a clean soft cloth and started rubbing the plate.
*** Our iron had a shiny metal plate on the bottom, I don't know if this method should be used on teflon coated plates ***
I was able to get the iron pretty clean, but as you can see, there was still some stubborn bits. I decided to try the second most popular natural cleaner - salt!
I poured a little more vinegar on the rag and sprinkled plain table salt onto the rag and scrubbed the remaining burnt bits off the iron.
The iron looks like new again! I would recommend trying the just the vinegar first. The salt worked great, but it was a little messy. Salt went everywhere and got stuck in the steam holes. The salt came off easily, but I had to pick it out with a toothpick.
However, I DON'T recommend holding your iron (full of water) over your freshly washed couch to take pictures of it!