How to Clean an Iron

Learning how to clean an iron correctly is one more necessary duty we all must deal with. Ironing clothes is not what most people would call enjoyable, but it is a necessary duty, especially if you work in an office. The last thing you want on your dress shirt or dress is a blotch caused by a dirty iron.

How to Clean an Iron the Correct Way
To clean a clothes iron the proper way, you first have to become acquainted with your iron. If the manufacturer included directions on how to clean your iron, please follow the directions as indicated. If not, however, the following directions work well on most irons.

For a quick cleaning, a clean soft cloth and a little bit of warm soapy water will do, but for a thorough cleaning you'll need a few supplies. Collect salt, white vinegar, baking soda, distilled water and a soft cloth.

Important tips before you begin:

  • Never clean an iron that is plugged in.
  • Never clean a hot iron.
  • Never use a metal scouring pad.

After you have thoroughly cleaned your iron, you may find that a monthly cleaning routine is the best way to keep your iron in tip-top shape.

  • After each use, unplug the iron, wipe the fingerprints from the outside of the iron and store the iron on a fire-resistant iron rest in a safe place far from the prying fingers of children.
  • To remove white mineral deposits from the reservoir and soleplate of a steam iron, fill the reservoir with 1/8 cup white vinegar and 1/8 cup distilled water, turn the iron on, and then use a clean cloth to iron on until the reservoir has emptied; repeat the process with distilled water.
  • To clean the soleplate, pour Kosher salt onto a brown paper bag and then run the iron over it several times to scrap off buildup; finish with warm soapy water and a clean cloth.

Store your iron in a safe place that is far from the prying fingers of children. To avoid mineral stains, always empty the reservoir before storing and always use distilled water. 

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