How to clean the iron

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

A dirty iron can leave rust and water marks on your freshly washed clothes. Here’s how to clean your iron to keep it working well and your clothes looking great.

How to clean the iron

Have you ever carefully ironed a white shirt only for your iron to leave rusty water marks on it? It can be so annoying as you have to start the washing process all over again! If this is happening to you, your iron needs a good clean to unclog the steam vents.

The best way to get your iron clean and functioning well again, is to start by unplugging it and making sure it is completely cool. Check to manual to ensure it’s ok to use vinegar on your iron, then follow the steps below!

How to clean the iron




Spray cleaning spray onto a cloth and wipe over the iron and soleplate. Alternatively, fill a bowl with a warm water and add a few drops of dishwashing liquid. Dip a cloth into the water, then wring out and use to wipe over your iron and soleplate. Wipe with a dry cleaning cloth to remove any water.


To clean the water reservoir and steam vents, empty water from the iron’s reservoir. Refill with 1/2 cup vinegar. Stand iron upright on a bench or ironing board with a towel beneath to collect any dirt. Turn iron on, put setting onto high heat and full steam. Let your iron heat for 5 minutes or until water and vinegar evaporate.


Refill the reservoir with water. Press the steam button and hold for 20 seconds or until the steam flows well. then repeat five times to release dirt and clear the vents. Iron an old rag or tea towel to help remove any debris (better on that than clean clothes!)

Kat’s tip
For stubborn stains and build-up on an iron soleplate with a non-stick coating, make a paste using 1/4 cup bicarb soda and 1 tablespoon white vinegar. Rub onto the areas with a cloth to pick up the stains. Rinse with a slightly damp cloth.


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