What You Need
- flat surface
- baking soda
- damp cloth
- cotton swab
- distilled water
- clean cloth
Follow These Steps
Mix water and baking soda
Make a paste of 1 tablespoon water and 2 tablespoons baking soda.
Apply the paste to the iron
Using a spatula, spread the paste on the iron’s plate, coating the areas that have mineral deposits.
Wipe iron clean
Wipe off the paste with a damp cloth.
Clean steam holes
Dip a cotton swab in distilled water and insert it into the iron’s steam vents. Pour out any stagnant water left in the iron.
Re-fill the reservoir
Pour in distilled water until the reservoir is one third full.
Tip: For a stronger solution, mix 3/4 cup water and 1/4 cup white vinegar.
Turn on the steam
Turn on the iron to its highest setting and steam-iron a clean cloth for a few minutes, letting clean water flush out any vent deposits.
Pour out the liquid
Turn off the iron and pour out any remaining water. Place the iron on a surface that isn’t too delicate, in case any sediment drips out of it.
Tip: Empty the iron’s reservoir after every use to prevent mineral deposits from building up.