How to Clean an Iron
Over time, the reservoir for the water and the bottom of the iron gets covered with scale. Most manufacturers recommend descaling irons every 1-4 months depending on how often you use them. This will make them slide perfectly and prevent any problems, like causing stains while ironing.
5-Minute Crafts offers simple ways to descale your iron. You’ll need materials and tools you can easily find at home, like a kitchen sponge, detergent, an old toothbrush, baking soda, and vinegar.
1. Sponge and detergent
New dirt can easily be removed with a regular sponge and the detergent you use for your dishes.
- Put a few drops of detergent on the bottom of the iron.
- Create some foam with the soft side of the sponge.
- Wipe the surface for a minute.
- Remove the foam and wipe the bottom with a towel.
2. Baking soda paste
For older dirt, you’ll need baking soda paste.
- Mix 2 tbsp of baking soda and 1 tbsp of water.
- Wipe the bottom of the iron with the paste using an old toothbrush.
- Try to avoid getting the soda into the steam holes.
- Remove the paste and wipe the surface with a towel.
If you need to clean the water reservoir and remove the scale, you’ll need vinegar.
- Mix 2 tbsp of vinegar and 2 tbsp of water.
- Open the reservoir and pour the mixture inside.
- Turn on the iron and set it to the highest temperature.
- Take an old rag you don’t need or an old sheet and iron it. The scale will come out, along with the vinegar, through the steam holes.