If you’ve had the same iron for the past decade, chances are the soleplate is covered with brown stains. If these stains are left to build up overtime, they could begin to transfer from the iron to your favorite clothing. Protect your precious wardrobe from potential iron stains by cleaning the soleplate with this quick and easy tutorial.
- Green nylon dish scrubbers
- Baking soda
- White vinegar
- Cotton swabs
- Kitchen towels and pillowcase (that you don’t care about staining)
Step 1: Mix baking soda and white vinegar in a bowl until the consistency resembles a thick paste.
Step 2: Apply the paste to any brown stains on the metal soleplate and let sit for 10 minutes before scrubbing away with the dish scrubbers.
Step 3: Use cotton swabs to clean out the little steam holes of the soleplate.
Step 4: Fill your iron with water and turn it on to steam at its hottest setting. Next apply the hot iron to your old kitchen towels to remove any excess baking soda and brown goop in the holes. If you find the holes are getting clogged with the same brown gunk, try spraying water directly into the holes with a spray bottle while the iron is still at its hottest setting (the steam will help work out the remaining gunk in the holes).
Step 5: When you think your iron is clean, test it on an old pillowcase first before using on your favorite shirt.
If you’re still having difficulty with clearing the steam holes, there are also cleaners made especially for irons that you can buy to help unclog any stubborn gunk. The cleaner goes into the water chamber and cleans the iron from the inside out. With the right tools and a little bit of elbow grease, your iron will be good as new. Now you can finally work through that basket of clothes you’ve been meaning to iron for the past few months!