How to clean an iron

Keeping your iron clean is essential for ensuring that your clothes look neat and wrinkle-free. Over time, mineral buildup, fabric residue, and other stains can accumulate on your iron, affecting its performance and causing it to stain your clothes. Fortunately, cleaning your iron is a simple process that can be done with a few household items.

Here’s how to clean an iron:

  1. Unplug the iron and let it cool down completely before you start cleaning.
  2. Mix a solution of equal parts water and vinegar in a bowl.
  3. Dip a clean cloth into the solution and wring out the excess liquid.
  4. Use the damp cloth to wipe the soleplate (the bottom of the iron). Be gentle, and avoid scrubbing too hard, as this could scratch the surface.
  5. If there are stubborn stains on the soleplate, make a paste of baking soda and water and apply it to the stains. Let the paste sit for a few minutes before wiping it away with a damp cloth.
  6. To clean the steam vents, dip a cotton swab into the vinegar solution and use it to clean the vents.
  7. If there is mineral buildup in the water reservoir, fill it with a mixture of half water and half vinegar. Allow the mixture to sit for an hour, then empty it and rinse the reservoir with clean water.
  8. Finally, wipe the outside of the iron with a clean, damp cloth to remove any dust or dirt.

By following these simple steps, you can keep your iron clean and functioning properly. It’s a quick and easy task that should be done regularly to ensure that your clothes always look their best.

FAQs about how to clean an iron:

Q: Can I use commercial iron cleaner to clean my iron? A: Yes, you can use a commercial iron cleaner, but it’s always best to use natural ingredients like vinegar and baking soda.

Q: How often should I clean my iron? A: It’s a good idea to clean your iron after every use to prevent buildup.

Q: What should I do if my iron has rust stains? A: Make a paste of baking soda and water, and apply it to the rust stains. Let it sit for a few minutes before wiping it away with a damp cloth.

Q: Is it safe to use a cleaning solution on the outside of the iron? A: Yes, it’s safe to use a mild cleaning solution on the outside of the iron, but be sure to avoid getting any solution inside the iron itself.