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The Right Way to Clean the Iron

Dirty irons can cause a lot of trouble, especially if you have a pile of clothes that are plenty for ironing.
Over time, water can leave mineral deposits. If you use spray on starch (kanji spray) or other products, it can leave the dirt behind the ironing plate.
Fortunately, irons are relatively easy to clean, especially if you do it regularly.

Method 1

Cleaning the Iron with Baking Soda

1. Make pasta. 
Make a paste consisting of 1 tablespoon of water and 2 tablespoons baking soda.
The paste should be slightly watery, but still thick enough to stick to the ironing plate.
Use filtered water or distilled water, if possible.

2. Apply the paste on the ironing plate. 
You can apply the paste directly on the ironing plate. If the iron is only dirty in one part, you do not need to apply all of the paste. If it's just a normal cleaning, it's okay to apply pasta all over the ironing plate.
  • You can use your fingers to apply a paste or use a spatula.
  • You can silence the paste on the iron for a few minutes if there is a lot of dirt buildup on the iron.

3. Prepare a clean wet cloth. 
You will use this cloth to remove the paste, so make sure the cloth is clean. Wet the cloth. Squeeze excess water and wipe the pasta in the iron.

Apply a lot of pasta, especially if the iron is very dirty.

4. Use cotton pentol to clean the steam hole. 
Dip the cotton pentol (commonly used to clean the ears) into fresh distilled water. Clean each steam hole using cotton pentol.

You may need to use more than one cotton pentol if there is a lot of dirt coming out of the hole. Use a new cotton pad if there is a lot of dirt on the cotton.

5. Fill in the ironing booth. 
If there is any remaining water in the iron, be sure to empty it first. You can do this by opening a hole in the water spot and reversed. Once empty, use distilled or filtered water and fill about one-third of the water.
You can also fill the ironing booth with a mixture of 180 ml of water and 60 ml white vinegar to produce a stronger cleaning solution. However you should read the ironing manual instructions to make sure the iron is resistant to vinegar.

6. Turn on the iron. 
Turn on the iron with the highest settings and make sure the steam setting is also turned on. In this step, steam and heat will clean the dirt and mineral deposits that are in the steam hole.

Be careful when handling hot irons. Do not let the hands burn by the steam coming out of the iron.

7. Set clean wipe for a few minutes. 
Choose a clean cloth that does not matter if it's dirty. If there is dirt attached to the iron, it can leave the brown lines on the lap. You just need to iron a cloth to clean the iron.

If there is a manual steam button on the iron, press the button frequently to help release more steam.
A kitchen towel may be used for this step.

8. Turn the iron off and leave it to cool. 
Make sure the iron is on a protected surface (eg towel coated kitchen table). When the iron cools, the remnants of old dirt will flow out of the iron.

If there is any remaining water in the ironing water, be sure to remove it.

Method 2

Cleaning the Iron with Vinegar and Salt

1. Mix two parts white vinegar and one part salt. 
This mixture will be heated over the stove with medium heat. Heat until the salt dissolves, but vinegar should not boil.

Unfortunately, the smell of this solution may smell sharp, but it will be a good cleanser for the iron.

2. Allow the solution to cool. Allow hot vinegar to cool. 
The solution should be warm, but not hot so it can cause burns.
Wear food gloves to protect hands from the smell of vinegar.

3. Dip a clean cloth in a vinegar mixture. 
This mixture will be used to clean the iron plate by rubbing the already cold mixture on the bottom of the iron.

You can also use a soft brush to do it, except for an iron that has a Teflon layer because the brush can scratch the layer. Do not use a wire brush as this will damage the iron plate.
This is a great way to get rid of burnt stains on the iron.

4. Rinse the iron. 
After cleaning, the remaining residual solution should be removed from the mixture. You can do this by dipping a clean cloth in white vinegar and cleaning the iron again gently.

After that, you can turn on the iron and use to iron a clean but clean cloth. This will help remove any residual solution that may be left behind.

Method 3

Other Ways to Clean the Iron

1. Rub the dryer sheet (thin sheet like a tissue put in the washer dryer to soften the clothes) new to the iron. 
Turn on the iron with the lowest setting. Take a new dryer sheet and gently rub the iron until all the dirt is gone.

When done, turn on the heat irons and set clean laps to get rid of the debris left by the dry sheet.

2. Fill the water container on the iron. 
You should use white vinegar and distilled water, or filtered water, if available. Turn on the steam feature on the iron and set a thick piece of cotton cloth for five minutes.

Remove the vinegar solution from the ironing board and clean the ironing plate with a clean towel.

Be sure to check the manufacturer's manual instructions to make sure the iron holds with the vinegar that is in the ironing box.

3. Use toothpaste to clean the ironing plate. 
Rub a small amount of toothpaste directly on the cold iron plate, making sure to clean the dirty parts. Wipe the toothpaste with a clean cloth. Turn on the steam feature on the iron and steam the cloth for five minutes.

4. Clean the sticky iron with the newspaper. 
If there is something sticky on the bottom of the iron, turn on the iron and turn off the ironing steam feature. Rub a hot iron over the newspaper until it is clean.

If the iron is sticky, you can sprinkle some salt on the newspaper and repeat the process. This can remove any sticky substances.


If you want to clean the other parts of the iron (other than the plates), use a clean, damp cloth to wipe the iron gently. Remember, this is electrical equipment, too much water can damage the iron.

There is also a commercial iron cleaner, if you want to use it. Follow the instructions carefully if you use this method.

If using a steam iron, you should always empty the excess water in the iron. This will help prevent the formation of precipitate in the iron.

It is usually best to use filtered water for irons and not distilled or tap water.


Read the manufacturer's manual that came with the iron carefully. The manual instructions have specific instructions on how to clean the iron without damaging it.

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