Years of starch and mineral build-up can leave a nasty residue on your iron’s soleplate (the metal “hot” part of the iron). Here’s the low down in 6 easy steps. No special equipment required – all you need is some elbow grease and a few items that are right in your pantry!
- iron, empty of water and unplugged
- old terry cloth towel
- 2 tablespoons baking soda
- 1 tablespoon course salt
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1/2 cup white vinegar
- a few cleaning rags
- cotton swabs
- distilled water
- Make a paste out of the baking soda, salt and water. Spread the paste on unplugged, cool iron’s soleplate (the metal area).
- Using a soft rag, scrub until all residue is removed.
- Wipe down with a damp rag, then clean out steam vents with a cotton swab that has been dipped in vinegar.
- Fill water reservoir with 1/4 cup water and 1/4 cup vinegar, then plug in iron and heat to hottest setting.
- Placing iron on “steam” setting, run it over the terry cloth towel until all vents are clear and iron’s surface is clean!
- Unplug iron, allow it to cool, then empty water reservoir and re-fill with distilled water (most manufacturers suggest this over tap water).
Photography by Heather Kinkel