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How To Clean an Iron


Molly Maid does not offer this service; however, here are some do-it-yourself ideas if you would like to learn how to clean an iron plate.

How much easier is it when the iron is clean and glides effortlessly across your shirts, slacks and dresses? When the soleplates of irons get sticky or oily from dust, fabric softeners or the melting of synthetic fibers onto the soleplate, it's time to clean your iron. And fast!

Best Way to Clean an Iron

The best way to clean an iron may change from model to model. We recommend starting with the owner's manual! If it's not in your files, it's usually a quick job to look it up online. Be sure to follow any special instructions outlined in the manual to make sure your iron remains in tip-top working order.

Beyond that, here are some common, green, family-friendly methods from Molly Maid how to clean an iron soleplate:

Lady looking at iron

How to Clean a Sticky Iron

Believe it or not, newspaper makes a great iron cleaner, especially when the soleplate is sticky. Turn your iron up to the highest setting and turn steam off completely. Now run the hot dry iron across newspaper or paper toweling until it's clean. Still sticky? Sprinkle a tablespoon of salt on the newspaper, paper towel or dry cotton towel and repeat.

How to Clean an Iron with Oily Residue

Simple solutions work surprisingly well for irons suffering from some oily residue on the soleplate. Make sure the iron is unplugged and completely cool. Wipe the soleplate with a clean rag dipped in vinegar. Then rinse with a soft rag dipped in water. If vinegar didn’t do the trick, repeat the process starting with a rag dipped in ammonia. Dry with soft cloth or paper toweling. Done!

How to Clean an Iron Plate With Mineral Buildup

Mineral deposit buildup in the vents and on the face of the iron can cause issues with the steaming function of your iron.

To clean your iron of mineral buildup, follow these steps:

  1. Start by making a homemade iron cleaner. Mix together a 2-1 ratio of baking soda and water, which will create a paste.
  2. Apply the paste to the iron's soleplate, coating the areas with heavy mineral deposits and wipe off with a wet cloth.
  3. Dip Q-tips in distilled water and insert the ends into the steam vents.
  4. Empty any water from the reservoir and add some distilled water or a mixture of ¼ cup white vinegar and ¾ cup distilled water. Run the iron on full steam.

Your vents should be clean, and so should the soleplate. From now on, be sure to empty the steam reservoir after each use, which will help prevent mineral buildup.

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