The iron you use to press your clothes can gradually get dirty and the dirt can also transfer onto our clean clothes. So, here are some tips to follow once you notice that dirt is building up on the bottom of your iron.
- Cleaning it With Vinegar
You can use a solution of salt dissolved in vinegar or a paste of vinegar and baking soda and use it to a sponge or gently scrub the dirt and burn marks on your iron. Make sure not to use metal scrubbers to avoid damaging your iron.
- Wiping Down the Iron
If you want to quickly get rid of the dirt build up on your iron without any fuss, you can simply wipe the iron. For this method, you will either need a newspaper or a dryer sheet. Turn off the steam and turn the iron up then run it across the surface of the material. This will get rid of any sticky substance on your iron.
- Targeting the Steam Holes
Over time as gunk builds up, it can block off the steam holes, preventing the iron from letting out any steam. Simply washing the iron will not help with this problem as it does not remove the dirt from the holes.
In order to remove dirt from the steam holes, dip a cotton swab in water and use it to dig out the dirt from the holes.
- Toothpaste to Clean Your Iron
You can also use other household items such as toothpaste to clean your iron. Simply unplug your iron and then rub white toothpaste on the cold surface of the iron, putting in extra effort where dirt is more prominent. Next, remove the toothpaste from the surface then set it to steam while wiping it on a surface such as a newspaper or dryer sheet.
- Nail Polish Remover to Remove Dirt
Nail polish remover can be used as a chemical cleaner for your iron as it breaks down and softens the stubborn dirt and stains on an iron. All you have to do is wipe down the iron with nail polish remover and let the dirt soften a bit.
Furthermore, use material such as wood to scrub or scratch off the dirt on the iron. Make sure not to use metal scrubbers and also be sure to wear gloves while using this method.
- Proactive Measures
Taking steps to minimize the buildup of dirt or scorch marks is also included in the topic of cleaning irons. To prevent scorch marks, always be careful about the heat setting of your iron. If the heat is higher than the fabric can take, it will cause the fabric to burn and will make your iron dirty again.
It is important to take care of your iron just like you take care of any other household appliance. Neglecting your iron can lead to it malfunctioning and you might also end up burning your clothes. By following these simple tricks, you will have a spotless iron to work with the next time you iron clothes.