How to Clean an Iron

How to Clean an Iron
A while ago, I heard on the radio about a method for cleaning your iron using salt.  I was intrigued and decided to try it.  I followed the instructions and was seriously disappointed.  The results were so minimal that you’d have to use a magnifying glass to see the difference.  Boo. ๐Ÿ™
But, now I was on a mission.  So, I researched some other options for cleaning my iron and decided to try a salt and vinegar method I came across online.  I’m happy to report it was super simple to do and it worked like a charm!  My iron looks amazing now!  
Here are some pictures of my iron before I cleaned it.  

Not so pretty…O 1 After

So, here’s how I cleaned it:

O 2 S 1I placed equal parts (about 1/3 of a cup) of white vinegar and salt in a pot over low heat.  I heated the mixture until the salt started melting into the vinegar.  Then, once the vinegar started to boil, I turned off the heat and transferred the mixture to a bowl to cool slightly. 

O 2 S 2With the iron OFF, I dipped a clean towel into the mixture and rubbed the stains off the iron’s soleplate.  For tough marks, I had to use a little elbow grease.


O 2 S 3To clean the vents, I dipped a q-tip into the salt vinegar mixture then twisted the soaked q-tip into each vent.

Then, I cleaned the iron off with a clean damp towel.


O 2 S 6Lastly, I turned the iron on and set the steam setting to high to flush out anything that may have gotten trapped into the vents.

And that’s it!  My iron is super clean and I’m pretty sure it’s going to work more efficiently.
There are still a few marks, but this is far better!  Extra bonus: The pot I cooked the salt vinegar mixture in is a lot cleaner too! ๐Ÿ™‚
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