Your wardrobe might be wrinkle free, but how clean is your iron?

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Ever stopped to think about the cleanliness of your iron before tackling a pile of laundry? One terrible encounter with a big brown stain mid steam might make you stop and think twice.

Along with many other appliances you may be forgetting to clean, your iron needs a good scrub every now and again. Over time, everything from burned spray starch, synthetic fabric residue, and everyday dirt can build up on an iron’s surface. Avoid an accident by cleaning your iron regularly, especially when it starts slicking to clothing, steam water becomes brown, or there is visible residue on the iron. After you’ve cleaned your iron, be sure to use distilled water for future steaming to avoid mineral build up.  

Here are a few of our favorite methods for cleaning an iron. 

How to Clean an Iron with Newspaper

This easy technique is best for quick cleaning.

How to Clean an Iron with Vinegar

Distilled white vinegar is helpful for cleaning oily substances off of the soleplate as well as cleaning your steam water reservoir.

For oily soleplates:

For dirty steam water reservoirs:

How to Clean an Iron with Nail Polish Remover

Acetone nail polish is a great tool for dissolving soleplate gunk.

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How to Clean an Iron with Burned Fabric