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Irons are great and necessary tools to keep our clothing nice and wrinkle-free. It's easy to think of an iron as a cleaning tool, and forget that it needs to be cleaned occasionally. These easy steps will get your iron clean.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 20-30 minutes

Here's How:

  1. Dump out any old water from the reservoir tank of your iron. After making sure that the iron is off, unplugged, and cooled down, remove any old water from the tank. Removing the old water first will make sure that you don't accidentally dump any out while you are cleaning.
  2. Make a baking soda paste. Use 1 tablespoon of water and 2 tablespoons of baking soda, mixed together to make a paste.
  3. Apply the paste to the plate of your iron. Using a flexible plastic spatula, or a soft cloth or sponge, apply the paste mixture onto the plate of the iron. Be sure to pay extra attention to stained or dirty spots.
  4. Wipe the paste off of your iron. Use a clean damp cloth to wipe the paste off of the plate of your iron.
  5. Clean the steam holes on your iron. Use a cotton swab dipped in distilled water to clean out the steam holes on the front of your iron.
  6. Pour distilled water into the iron's tank. Using distilled water, fill the reservoir tank of your iron 1/4 to 1/3 of the way full.
  7. Turn on the iron. Plug in your iron and turn it to a high steam setting. Take a clean dry cleaning cloth and iron it with the iron to allow the steam to clean out the steam vents.
  8. Pour out any extra water. Turn off the iron and unplug it. When it has cooled down a little, pour out any of the remaining water in the tank. Place the iron on a cleaning cloth that will catch any dripping sediment that may come out of the iron as it fully cools down.
  9. Wipe the iron down one last time. After the iron is completely cool, use a fresh damp cleaning cloth to wipe down the plate of the iron one final time to remove any sediment residue.
  10. Inspect the cord. As a final step, inspect the cord of your iron for any fraying or exposed wires which would indicate a need for replacement or repair. A quick wipe down of the unplugged cord with a damp cleaning cloth can remove any dust or dirt from the cord.

Tips:

  1. To prevent mineral deposits, empty the tank of your iron after every use.
  2. For a stronger cleaning solution in step 6, fill the tank with a solution of 1/4 cup of vinegar and 3/4 of a cup of water. Be sure to rinse the tank out in step 8 to make sure all vinegar has been removed.

What You Need

  • Baking soda
  • Water
  • Flexible spatula, sponge, or cleaning cloth
  • Cleaning cloths
  • Cotton swabs
  • Distilled water
  • Vinegar (optional)
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