4 tips that will help you clean your iron


It’s so easy to do!

If you use your clothes iron a lot, eventually white spots will appear on the base of your iron. And when that happens, it is time to give it a proper cleaning! But how can you actually clean your iron? Keep reading to find out.


For this first method, all you need is a newspaper and some oven mitts! That already sounds like something everyone could try. First, plug your iron into an outlet and turn it on. It is important that you select the highest temperature setting. The oven mitts serve as protection for your hands. Next, you take one sheet of newsprint paper and crumble it into a ball. Rub it on the flat part of your iron, called the sole plate, and your iron will be good as new!

Scouring pad

First a little word of caution: if you use a scouring pad, always use the soft, sponge side. Not the scrub side. If you scrub your iron, you will definitely damage it. So that is important to keep in mind! Now onto the tip: you’re going to need some water and soap and use that to clean your iron. Just soak the sponge and rub it on the flat of the iron. Afterwards, dry off the iron with a cloth and all the stains will have disappeared!

Cleaning vinegar

Cleaning vinegar can be used for so many things, it is not surprising that it also works for your iron! When your iron is turned off and cooled off, grab a cloth and put a little bit of cleaning vinegar on it. Rub it on the face of your iron and see what happens! If that doesn’t get all of the stains off, soak your cloth in vinegar and put your iron on top of it. Leave it for about thirty minutes. That way, the vinegar can work it’s magic and the stains will disappear.


This last one was actually surprising. Nail polish remover can be used to clean your iron. First, you need to turn your iron on again. When it is warmed up, you need some cotton balls to dip into the nail polish remover. Make sure you are using your oven mitts again! Now you can clean the iron with the cotton ball. All of the white stains will be gone and your iron will be completely clean again.

Also read: This is how you remove iron scorch marks from your clothes

Source: Margriet | Image: Unsplash, Filip Mroz