You probably can’t remember when you last cleaned your iron, or like many people haven’t ever attempted this. But, if you do iron, even occasionally, over time water minerals and other debris can build up and clog up your iron’s undersurface. So periodic cleaning can help make your iron work more efficiently and prevent transferring unwanted chemicals onto your clothing.

Cleaning your iron isn’t really that difficult. Here are some helpful steps to accomplish this task with ease.

How to Know When to Clean Your Iron

How often you clean your iron depends on how often you use it to iron clothing. A good way to tell when it’s time is when your iron starts to drag on your clothes and doesn’t glide smoothly any longer. The dragging is a sign that there is a buildup of junk on the underside and it’s time for a cleaning.

Using Baking Soda and Water for Cleaning

Baking soda is a wonderful natural cleaning agent that will help eliminate buildup from your iron’s soleplate.

What you will need:

  • baking soda
  • distilled water
  • small bowl
  • microfiber cloths
  • cotton swabs
  1. Combine one part distilled water with two parts baking soda in a bowl.

Note: Use distilled water as it will not leave mineral deposits in your iron.

  1. With a cool iron, apply the paste all over the soleplate.
  2. Take a dampened microfiber cloth and wipe all the paste away.
  3. Use a cotton swab dipped into distilled water to clean out the holes on the soleplate.

Make sure the iron is completely dry before using it again.

Using Vinegar for Cleaning

Vinegar is a great universal cleaning product, except for cleaning stone and the inner workings of some home appliances.

What you will need:

  • one-half cup distilled white vinegar
  • microwave-safe bowl
  • spray bottle
  • microfiber cloth
  1. Pour the distilled white vinegar into the microwave-safe bowl and heat for one minute in your microwave.
  2. Pour the vinegar into your spray bottle.
  3. Lightly spray the microfiber cloth until it’s damp, but not soaking.
  4. Wipe off the iron’s soleplate with the dampened cloth.
  5. Repeat this process until the soleplate is clean.

Iron Maintenance Tips

Follow these tips to help keep your iron clean, so you won’t have to scrub it as often.

  • Use distilled water to stop mineral deposit buildup.
  • Empty the iron’s water reservoir after each use.
  • After ironing, and making sure your iron is cooled completely, wipe off the underside with a damp cloth to prevent any residue buildup.

By following these tips and cleaning steps you can easily improve your iron’s performance and make ironing a breeze.

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