Two ways to clean your iron….Which one works the best?
Today’s challenge is to see which method will clean your iron best. As you can see from the pic above, my iron is not as bad as others but still needs a good scrubbing. The issue I am having with my iron is it leaving dirty marks on my clothes. This does not make me happy because now I am ruining my clothes.
I found two different methods online and they both claim to work great. I will do all the hard work for you and you can see the results after. Let’s get started…
Method #1 ~ Baking Soda & Vinegar
Items needed are distilled white vinegar, baking soda, paper towels, sponge and cold iron. I used a baking dish so I wouldn’t ruin my ironing board.
You want to soak the paper towel in vinegar and let your iron soak in it for about 5 minutes or so.
After it soaked, add baking soda and scrub the plate. I first tried wiping it with the paper towel (like they said) and it did not just wipe clean (like they said it would). I tried using a toothbrush and that did not work at all. Then I used the scrubber on the back of the sponge. This worked but I really had to scrub hard and for a long time.
After I finished scrubbing, I wipe it all clean with water. The baking soda paste had all the holes clogged. I tried cleaning them but couldn’t. At this point I was hoping the next step would unclog them
Mix 1 cup distilled water and 1 cup vinegar then pour it into your iron. Then put your iron on the highest steam setting and lay it flat on the paper towel. I used a towel under the paper towel because I didn’t want my ironing board cover to get dirty or stained. Then just steam all the water/vinegar out of the iron.
This will clean out all the rust and dirt out of the iron.
The steam is really cleaning the inside of the iron. I am just glad this is on the paper towel and not my clothes! I have to say it did not unclog all the holes. I had to dig in the holes with a toothpick to unclog them. After doing that I realized I could of used a q-tip dipped in vinegar as well.
So here is the before and after pic. Although the vinegar and baking soda method did work, its not the results I was hoping for. I wanted shiny, brand new just like they claimed.
Magic Eraser Method
I used the Dollar Tree version of the Magic Eraser. It was not the actual brand named Magic Eraser. With that being said this method worked great! As you can see from the picture, it removed the rest of the rust and build up that the vinegar and baking soda left behind. If you need to clean your iron, I recommend using the Magic Eraser first.
Let me Know how it works for you. If you have a different method that you use, let me know in the comment section.