Monday, 4 March 2013

How to Clean an Iron

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I don't know what it is about March, but as soon as the crocuses and daffodils start popping up I get the sudden urge to deep clean my home. I recently shared how I cleaned my dishwasher - which to be honest I'd been intending to do since before Christmas because it needed it - and this week's job has been tackling my not-so-shiny iron. It was kind of getting to the stage where it sometimes left grubby marks on the clothes, so it got bumped up my "deep cleaning" list.

Here is how my iron was looking before I cleaned it...

Not so bad? Take a closer look:

Yuck. To clean gunk off your iron you will need white vinegar,  baking soda and a clean cloth.

First, put a little white vinegar on a cloth and gently scrub the surface of the iron. If it isn't too dirty then this may be all you need to do. If that doesn't get enough of the gunk off, mix a tablespoon of baking soda with a drop of white vinegar and stir it to create a paste. Put the paste on your cloth and use this to scrub the iron thoroughly.

If that doesn't do the job soak a clean cloth in white vinegar and place it over the sole plate. Leave for about an hour then take the cloth off and give the iron a good scrub. The hardened residue should now come off easily. If you are having problems cleaning out the vents use a cotton swab or old toothbrush. I like to finish off by wiping with a damp cloth (soaked in water) just to make doubly sure there is no baking soda/vinegar residue left on there. 

This is how the sole plate on my iron looked after following this process:

Ah, much better.

You should also regularly clean out the water chamber on your iron, especially if you live in a hard water area. To do this, mix one part white vinegar to one part water and pour it into the chamber. Switch on the iron and let it steam for 5 minutes or so. Drain the iron and then repeat the process with water to remove traces of the vinegar. White vinegar won't harm your clothes - in fact, you can use it as a fabric softener - but noone wants to smell stink of vinegar.

What's on your spring cleaning to do list?


  1. Thank you! I really need to do this! My husband is always saying how nasty ours is. I swear, he did it and I didn't!

  2. What a great idea!! Thanks!!!

  3. Oh, I really needed this recipe!
    I can't wait to try it tomorrow.

  4. Great idea! I was just thinking I need to clean my iron. Perfect timing!

  5. Great idea!. I've had my iron for years and have never cleaned it! Oops. Looks like I need to get on it! I'm having a link party on my blog and I'd love for you to join!

  6. Great tips, thanks. I've never actually read about how to clean my steam iron before, and I think it needs it. Visiting from The Shabby Nest Frugal Friday.

  7. i use vinegar in my washing machine as a fabric softener and they come out smelling very clean and this also removes soap residue from the clothes. I am very pleased with it and the clothes never stink of vinegar. Saves money too and if I really need a real fabric softener I use a coupon and then buy small bottle as it isn't used often enough for big one. My husband likes the vinegar idea and not just because of the money saved.


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