Hey, does your shirt look still crisped after ironing? Are you tired of ironing your clothes and see worse results than before? Maybe you should look at your iron and see if its sole plate is clean as mirror. If not, it means that guy needs a cleaning!
Irons are one of the most used house-chore devices, so it’s so crucial to clean properly them. Lack of cleaning might cause sticky sole plate and we know how bad it is. Who wants to burn their fancy clothes and waste their time because of just a dirty iron?
Well then, today I would like to share few little tips that will help you keep your iron clean and to maintain it to work properly for many years. These tips are just a “piece of cake”, and a good habit of proper cleaning method will ensure your iron to work perfect for a long time.
Method 1: Salt and Vinegar
Mix vinegar and salt as a proportion of 50/50. Then heat it on the stove with a high temperature. The smell might be uncomfortable, but if you don’t mind I would say it’s a great cleaner for irons.
Then cool it down, or if you are comfortable with a warm mixture you can use it. I highly advice you to wear gloves if you don’t want your hands smell bad.
Next, use a soft brush or a damp cloth and dip it to the mixture. Just rub the dirty sole plate and then rinse the leftover with clean water. Yay, your iron is clean now!
Method 2: Water and Baking soda
Prepare a paste of water and baking soda as a proportion of 1:2 (water 1: baking soda 2). Try to use filtered water if possible.
After that spread the mixture on the sole plate of the iron and rub as well as the previous method. Use a spatula, but if you don’t have one, you can use your finger. SPREAD and RUB!
Then, use a clean cotton swab to remove the paste from holes of the sole plate. It’s important to clean them, so never skip this step!
Method 3: Nail polish remover
Excuse me, what? A nail polish remover?… It may sound weird but “acetone” really works! If you wanna see a magic, soak a cotton ball or a cloth in an acetone nail polish remover.
Then plug in the iron, heat it up then just plug it off. When the surface is still hot, just rub the sole plate with acetone absorbed cloth. Be careful and avoid burning your hand.
Since an acetone evaporates so quick, rub it very well until the dirt gone. At last, use water soaked wet cloth and wipe it all.
Other things to consider:
- Always check if the iron’s sole plate is completely cool. Cleaning while it’s hot might cause even more trouble. But when you are using the acetone method, you can clean it while it’s warm.
- Don’t forget to clean steam holes. You can use a cotton swab.
- Always rinse the iron after cleaning its sole plate with any method.
- Fill the reservoir. According to the measurements of the iron, fill at least 2/4 of the volume. But 3/4 is highly recommended.
- Also clean the reservoir with a soft brush if necessary. Keep in mind that the water in the reservoir must always be clean.
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