Wednesday, February 20, 2013

How to Clean Your Iron!




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!






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12 comments:

  1. LOL I have spilled the water out of those darn things more than once makes you wish they had a plug!
    But Oh my goodness! A man that irons! My husband never would so after he got out of the military I hung up my iron and said NO MORE.
    Seems like the salt & vinegar did the trick though. I'll have to remember this, thanks!

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    1. So funny, it was the army that turned my husband into an obsessive ironer. He even irons his undershirts! I don't remember the last time I used the iron! (I drive him crazy!) :)

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  2. kinda late, but u know what works well ? U can use a bit of all purpose baking soda, on a damp towel. works every time. even on the stove. leaves everything really clean, and shiny.

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  3. I've had the same iron for 20 years. I don't think I've ever cleaned it. I'm going to give this a shot, maybe it'll inspire me to iron. carpet cleaning Silver Spring MD

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  4. oh the iron is whistle clean Rebecca now what did you do with your couch to clean it.

    My daughters hubby irons his shirts as he is concerned how the way the crease is done.

    I must admit it is tricky to iron a shirt. I am awful at that. One side looks good and then you turn over and the other side you have done is creased again.

    So aye my daughter is in her glory. he does his own.

    Soon as the wash is finished. He hangs his shirts on a plastic hanger thicker hanger and will not put in a dryer any of his shirts or sweaters.

    I must say he is the best dressed guy when they go out or around the house.

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