You guys. I’m really bad at ironing.
That’s not entirely accurate, I can iron a shirt as well as the next person but I just hate doing it. I have baskets full of stuff waiting to be ironed and I’m not going to embarrass myself by telling you how long some of these baskets of clean clothes have been sitting un-ironed in my laundry room.
We got back from vacation recently and the ironing pile has reached critical mass. So last night in a moment of guilt, I got out the iron and set it all up in the living room with the ironing board. I figured I could get some done while watching endless Shark Week shows.
Well, my ironing efforts were very short lived as the iron soleplate was dirty and rubbed the dirt off onto the first shirt I picked, you can imagine my disappointment as I had to put the iron away for the night 🙂
So this morning I decided to get onto the interwebs and search for ‘How to clean an Iron Soleplate’ to see if I could find a way to clean the iron at home without buying fancy specialized cleaners.
There are various methods and I’m sure some will work better than others depending on how scorched your iron is. It goes without saying that you should unplug your iron first, and never ever use a metal scourer as you’ll ruin the non-stick surface.
You will need:
I tried to clean it first with a green nylon dish scrubber and some dish soap, this took some of the brown stain and dirt off but most of it remained.
Then I decided to go for the nuclear option and got out the vinegar and baking soda. Most places recommended making a paste of the two mixed together and applying to the sole plate so I did that and left it on for a few minutes and then scrubbed it again with the nylon scrubber which took almost all of the brown marks off, but not quite all of it.
I reapplied the baking soda and vinegar paste and then left it on the iron for at least twenty minutes this time, then scrubbed it off again. This time I got all the brown marks off, then I used the cotton swabs to try and clean out the little steam holes.
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Once I had finished I filled the iron up with water and set it to steam at the hottest setting, I used a pile of kitchen towels to iron on as there was still some baking soda and brown goop in the holes.
It took a good thirty minutes to get it all out and I resorted to using a squirty bottle to spray water directly into the holes (while the iron was hot) which fizzed up the remaining baking soda left stuck in the holes and eventually it cleared it all out.
If you find that the holes are so clogged up with the same brown dirt and you can’t get it all out, you may need to resort to a store bought cleaner specially made for irons that will go into the water chamber and clean it out that way.
When you think it’s clean test the iron on an old pillowcase or something similar, please don’t use your favorite shirt!