How to clean an iron and leave it like new

Sometime we have all chosen a wrong temperature and ended up
burning the clothes, there may be some stains or residue left
and wearing them again in this condition would ruin other
pieces of clothing.

Eventually, irons deteriorate and can end up ruining the
clothes. Water in steam irons causes limescale and other
mineral deposits to build up.

However, there is a solution for all of them. By using the
instructions on how to clean an iron with baking soda (the most
effective household cleaner), and other home tricks, it will
look just like the first day.

Here’s how to clean an iron with baking soda and make it look
like new.

1. Mix two tablespoons of baking soda with one
tablespoon of water (better if it is distilled so that it is
free of lime and other impurities).

2. Stir until it has the consistency of a
watery paste but thick enough to be applied to the base of the

3. Apply the resulting paste to the base of
the plate. To do this, you can use your fingers or help
yourself with a plastic, wood or non-scratching spatula.

4. Allow the paste to work for a few minutes.
Then remove the paste with a clean, slightly damp cloth. Finish
off with a clean, dry cloth.

5. To clean the steam holes, you can use a
cotton bud like those used to clean the ears. Or cover a skewer
stick with kitchen paper, for example. Moisten them with
distilled water and gently wipe the holes.

6. Empty the water tank, and fill it to
one-third of its capacity with distilled water or a mixture of
distilled water and white vinegar, at a ratio of one part water
to three parts water.

7. Turn on the iron and set it at the highest
temperature and with the steam option activated so that it
passes through the holes and finishes cleaning all the dirt in
the tank and the circuits.

8. Iron an old clean cloth to collect the dirt
that is loosened. Finally, empty the tank completely and let it
cool down.

With vinegar

To do this, all you have to do is heat a glass of white
vinegar. Immerse a clean cloth and pass it through the base of
the iron. The cloth should be made of cotton and should not
have any fabric that could be abrasive. You must rub hard to
remove the most embedded stains.

If the stains are resistant, you can add a couple of spoonfuls
of salt. Dilute the salt in the vinegar and repeat the
operation again with the cloth. When it is clean, we will pass
a slightly humid cloth to remove any possible rest of dirt.
Finally, wipe it dry before storing it.

With table salt

Salt has an infinite number of uses and not only in the kitchen
but is also part of many cleaning tricks. With coarse salt you
can leave your iron shiny and ready to iron any kind of fabric.
To do this,

To do this, take a dry cloth and add several tablespoons of
fine salt. Turn on the iron and, when it is hot, rub it until
the dirt or burn marks disappear. When it has been done, turn
off the iron and wait for it to cool down. Once this has been
done, clean the surface with a damp cloth and remove any

With these steps, we will have the metal completely clean in a
very short time, ready to iron again.

With newspaper

This trick is used to clean the iron when it’s sticky. Set it
to maximum temperature, but without water and with the steam
option turned off. And run it through the newspaper until it
doesn’t stick and slides smoothly.

With a dishwasher

It is very useful especially if stains are found in the
openings of the iron. To do the cleaning you have to mix the
dishwasher with hot water. Then use a cotton swab and rub the
cotton against the holes in the iron.

In a very short time you will have finished with the stains
that usually remain in the holes. Afterwards, we will only have
to wipe the entire surface of the metal with a slightly damp
cloth. Let it dry and the iron is ready for use.

With toothpaste

Apply some toothpaste to the base of the iron and rub with a
clean cloth. Then, turn it on and let it steam for a few

With candles

Although it may seem strange, candle wax is highly recommended
to clean the metal of the iron. To clean the iron with the
candle wax you have to light the iron and wait for it to get
hot. When it gets hot, you have to pass a candle through the
metal. Afterwards, you will have to remove the wax with a clean
cloth. The results are perfect.

Share this amazing tricks with your friends and family, it will
certainly be useful!

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