How to Clean an Iron

Your dress shirts look crisp, but over time your iron might look the worse for wear. This video’s simple technique gets rid of mineral spots on the iron’s plate and cleans out caked steam vents.

What You Need

  • iron
    flat surface
    water
    baking soda
    spatula
    damp cloth
    cotton swab
    distilled water
    clean cloth
Follow These Seven Easy Steps
  1. Mix water and baking soda

    Make a paste of 1 tablespoon water and 2 tablespoons baking soda.

  2. Apply the paste to the iron

    Using a spatula, spread the paste on the iron’s plate, coating the areas that have mineral deposits.

  3. Wipe iron clean

    Wipe off the paste with a damp cloth.

  4. 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.

  5. Re-fill the reservoir

    Pour in distilled water until the reservoir is one third full.<br /><br /><strong>Tip:</strong> For a stronger solution, mix 3/4 cup water and 1/4 cup white vinegar.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.<br /><br /><strong>Tip:</strong> Empty the iron’s reservoir after every use to prevent mineral deposits from building up.

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