Iron periodically needs to be cleaned inside and outside:
The tank for water - from a scum and a mold;
The body - from dust and dirt;
The sole is from traces of burnt fabric, rust and scale.
From this material you will learn 10 super-efficient ways to clean your iron at home with products that are always at hand and cost a mere penny.
How to clean the iron from scale - 3 ways
When using steam for ironing, not distilled water, but tap water, mineral deposits accumulate over time in the tank and the steam release channels in the sole of the iron.
If the iron suddenly began to release dirty water and dirty clothes, it means that it is time to clean it from scale.
Since scale is only calcium and magnesium salts, it is necessary to act on it with acid. Here are two ways to help you clean the iron inside.
Method 1. How to clean the iron from the scale with vinegar
Fill the iron with a solution of vinegar and water diluted in equal proportions by about one-third of the tank.
Heat the iron to the maximum and leave it upright for 5-10 minutes. Keep in mind that at this time it will periodically shut down, cool down and reheat to its maximum, there is no need to interfere with this process.
Next, place a container for collecting water under the iron, and, holding the device horizontally, begin to actively release steam by pressing the appropriate button. As a result, rust drops should flow out of the holes in the sole. Continue to let off steam until drops of dirt stop flowing out of the iron (see left photo).
Be careful and let off steam at arm's length so as not to inhale the vapors and smell of vinegar.
Then pour clean water into the iron and turn it back on to the maximum temperature to eliminate the residue of scale and vinegar. Again, hold the device horizontally above the basin and let off steam several times. Finally, simply drain the water and wipe the soles and openings to steam out with a cloth or a clean rag.
Method 2: How to clean scale iron with citric acid
Dissolve a small packet of citric acid (no more than 25 g) in 1 cup of warm water to full transparency.
Pour the resulting solution in a preheated iron and let it "brew" for 5-10 minutes. Further, holding the device horizontally above the basin, several times let the steam out of it, pressing the corresponding button, so that scale and rust flow out of the openings of the sole. When all the dirt has run out, drain the liquid from the iron, pour clean water into it and let the appliance “steam up” again to eliminate the residue of scale and vinegar. Again, let off steam over the basin several times and finally wipe the sole and the holes in it with a napkin or a clean rag.
Method 3. How to clean the iron from the scale using the "hot tub"
Reviews of this method of cleaning the iron from the scale are very ambiguous, so we did not test it in practice, but you can try it if the first two methods did not solve the problem. How to make a "hot bath" for the sole of the iron, see this video tutorial.
Whatever method of cleaning the iron from the scale you choose, when you finish all the procedures, be sure to test the result by ironing the light fabric in the steaming mode. If the iron still releases dirty water or leaves yellowish spots (for example, from citric acid), it should be cleaned another 2-3 times with clean water.
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How to clean the sole of the iron - 7 ways
Method 1. How to clean the sole of iron with vinegar
Vinegar can remove not only scale, but also soot on the sole of the iron. To do this, mix the vinegar with water in a 1: 1 ratio. Dampen a rag in the resulting solution and wipe the sole with it (it should not be heated). Next, moisten a cotton swab in the solution and clean the steam holes with it.
This method is suitable for cleaning the soles with teflon and ceramic coating.
Method 2. Cleaning soles from carbon deposits soda
Stubborn signs of rust, scale and scale can be removed with soda. Mix 2 tsp. baking soda with a little water or 9% vinegar to make a paste. Apply the paste to a slightly heated sole and rub with a cloth.
Method 3. Cleaning salt
To clean the dirt from the iron, sprinkle a little salt on a paper / cotton towel or sheet of foil and place a hot iron on it.
In practice, the salt itself did not remove traces of burnt tissue, but after rubbing with a rag, the dirt really got off pretty quickly.
There is another way to clean the iron with salt: heat it to the minimum temperature, pour a handful of salt in a folded three times gauze or other thin cotton fabric and rub it with the sole.
This method seemed to us the most simple and effective
Method 4. How to clean the iron with a teflon coating with soap
Heat the iron to the minimum temperature and gently rub the sole with soap. The soap will begin to melt and soften the burn. Then you just have to wipe the sole clean and clean the holes for steam release with cotton swabs or toothpicks.
Method 5. How to clean the sole of an iron toothpaste
"Scrub" nagar from the sole of the iron can be a regular toothpaste (it should be white, not gel). Squeeze a small amount of paste from the tube and wipe the slightly heated sole.
Method 6: How to clean the iron sole with hydrogen peroxide (suitable for teflon and ceramic coated soles)
Moisten a cotton pad with peroxide and wipe the slightly heated sole. Using a cotton swab moistened with hydrogen peroxide, clean all the holes.
Method 7. Removal of traces of burnt synthetic or plastic with acetone (suitable for cleaning the soles with teflon and ceramic coating)
Simply wet the cotton pad with acetone or nail polish remover and wipe down any problem areas.
Additional cleaning and prevention tips
- In case you burned the fabric and its traces remained on the sole, immediately apply a cotton cloth moistened in cold water to the soiled area. A sharp temperature drop will help peel off the burnt fabric from the metal.
- Do not use metal sponges and hard brushes for cleaning the soleplate, especially if it has a Teflon or ceramic coating. In addition, in order not to scratch the metal, avoid using abrasive cleaners.
- To reduce scale and rust deposits inside the iron, each time after ironing, while the appliance is still hot, pour all the remaining water out of it.
- To delay the cleaning of the iron from the scale, try to use filtered water for steaming.
And finally, we offer to see a useful video plot on how to clean the iron with metal, ceramic or teflon sole with folk and special means.