5 Quick Hacks On How To Clean An Iron At Home

5 Quick Hacks On How To Clean An Iron At Home

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Spring is here, and though it is still a bit chilly in many parts of the country, millions of people are transitioning from wearing thick bulky clothes to lighter pieces that just might require the administration of a hot iron.

So as you are reorganizing your closets, and putting away the winter gear for those garbs needed for springtime, let us help you with some quick tips on how to clean an iron.

How to Clean Your Iron

One of the essential tools of any home is an iron.

However, there are times when we get a little distracted and the result is a groan, followed with an “OMG,” followed by a feeling of horror at having burnt our clothes.

However, while we can replace a clothing item easily, we might not want to have to replace an iron every time it gets some impenetrable substance stuck to the bottom.

Don’t worry!

There are a few ways that you can quickly rid your iron of this mess.

1. Clean Your Iron with Salt

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Your kitchen will offer a surprising item that will help you with your troubles.

Go to kitchen, open your cupboards, and pull out that container of salt. Get a sheet of paper as well. Then proceed to sprinkle some salt on its surface.

Place your warm iron on the paper and salt and proceed to run the iron over the salt. After a few tries, unplug your iron and let it cool. In a few minutes, you should be able to use a soft cloth to wipe off any remaining residue, on the iron surface.

2. Clean Your Iron with Baking Soda

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Another way your iron can become clogged up with residue is from long-term use. It can build up gunk from the excess of starch or mineral deposits from water.

So clean your iron with baking soda.

If you do this regularly, your iron will be in good condition for many years to come.

Again, your kitchen proves very useful.

Combine about two tablespoons of baking soda with one tablespoon of distilled water. You are trying to get the mixture a little runny, but still thick enough to stick to the bottom of the iron. Distribute the mixture directly to the bottom of the iron, using your fingers. For an even clean, spread the paste on the entire area, rather than just the section with the residue.

Allow the paste to remain on the iron for a few minutes.

Later, use a wet sponge or a clean, damp cloth to wipe away the residue thoroughly. You can also use a q-tip to get rid of any residue left in the small steam holes, at the bottom of your iron.

If there is a lot of residue, more than one q-tip may be required.

3. Clean Your Iron with Vinegar

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Sometimes it might prove difficult to clean the small steam holes on an iron. But you should take time to clean them – they can harbor hidden particles that may ruin your favorite blouse.

Grab your iron and if there is any water in the reservoir, pour it out. Then fill it with distilled water.

Another alternative is vinegar.

Ensure that you review your owner’s manual to see whether the implement is compatible with the substance. If so, mix a combination of ¼ cup of vinegar and ¾ cup of water. Then plug in and turn on your iron. Adjust the setting on the iron to its highest point, and then turn on the steam setting.

Be careful not to be burnt by the steam.

You will notice afterwards that the steam has done the job for you and your residue in the steam holes is gone.

4. Clean Your Iron with Toothpaste

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Another quick tip is to use toothpaste to clean your iron.

It is a little-known secret that toothpaste can clean much more than your teeth.

Go into your bathroom and grab your toothpaste. The white paste is preferred. Add a bit of the paste to a soft cloth.

With your iron turned off, and cool, apply the paste to the iron plate. Use a little vigor to rub the difficult spots. Then, turn on your steam setting and rub the iron on a cleaning cloth for a few minutes.

5. Clean Your Iron with a Dryer Sheet

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Another friendly helper for cleaning your iron plate is a dryer sheet.

Proceed to your laundry room and obtain a dryer sheet from your shelves. Then use it to rub the surface of your iron on just the bottom.

With your iron on the lowest setting, carefully buff the surface of the iron to remove residue build up. Afterwards, adjust the heat setting a bit higher and proceed to press a clean rag for a few minutes. Whatever elements were left behind should come off on the rag.

Wrap Up

Even though all these steps are helpful, the most important bit of advice is to do these tasks with caution. Try not to burn yourself.

If the items highlighted above cannot be found in your cupboards and shelves, then they all are available at any local supermarket or convenience store.

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Preston D. Harris

Preston is our most junior writer, still studying for a graduate degree in philosophy. He began his writing while covering sports club activities for his high school newspaper and discovered he liked it too much to let it go post-graduation.
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