How to Clean Your Iron

To ensure that your clothes stay looking their best, one thing that you must do on a regular basis is to iron your clothes. You also want to make sure that your iron stays clean. With a little time and effort, you can make sure that your iron stays clean and working to its best ability.

What you will need

  • White Vinegar
  • Sponge
  • Dish Soap
  • Salt

Cleaning the Reservoir
Minerals can be left and start depositing themselves on your clothes. It is of best practice to empty the water out of the iron every time you are done ironing, if not then clean it regularly, once per week. One way to clean the reservoir is to fill the empty reservoir ¼ of the way with white vinegar, next turn on the iron on the steam setting and allow the steam to come out to do this you can just iron onto a rag and it will remove the deposits. If you are still able to see the mineral deposits you can fill it with clear water and run it through the iron. To help prevent mineral deposits, used distilled water in your iron.

Cleaning the Soleplate
Another part of the iron, that is known for getting buildup and deposits, is the soleplate. If this is not cleaned properly it can leave stains and marks on your clothing.
To clean the soleplate, start off with a cold iron, and dish soap. Wipe the soleplate with a rag that is damp with water and dish soap. If you notice deposits that will not easily be removed with dish soap, then you can use white vinegar, which should cut through the deposits. If you still need something stronger, then you can warm up the vinegar and dissolve some salt in it, the salt will act as a gentle abrasive. After the deposits are gone, then go back over with warm water. Do not use brillo pads on the surface of the soleplate because you can cause scratches.

Cleaning the Exterior of the Iron
The exterior is most likely made of plastic and can be cleaned easily with a wet rag and some dish soap. This can be done periodically.

Storing the Iron
The iron should be emptied after each use and cooled down before storing in a cabinet or on a shelf.