How to clean an iron – 10 of the best ways to tackle a stained plate with salt and more

Cleaning a steam cleaner can be quite a frustrating task especially with those steam holes. In this article, we will tell you simple life-saving hacks to clean a steam cleaner.

10 ways to clean a steam iron: 

1. Using baking soda: Baking soda is an old technique to clean all kitchen household appliances. Baking soda is used to clean stovetops, dishwashers, and ovens. It’s the best product to clean products made with iron. Take 4 tablespoons of baking soda and 2 tablespoons of water. Mix them to form a paste. Rub it on top of the triangular iron plate but make sure the baking soda paste doesn’t get in the steam holes. Then, wipe it off with a dry cloth in the end.

2. Using Tylenol: This process can be a tricky one but is one of the fastest and most effective processes to clean burnt iron soleplate. Turn the heating of your steam iron to the highest level. When the iron turns extremely hot press on the Tylenol tablet. Burnt place dissolves the tablet and then you can wipe the soleplate with a damp cloth.

3. Using vinegar: For this procedure, you will be needing a towel and some vinegar. Pour some vinegar into a bowl. Then soak the towel so it gets wet. Place the damp towel on a straight surface. Place the steam iron on top of the towel for at least 30 minutes. After 30 minutes wipe the iron soleplate with a dry cloth. All burnt and corroded areas will be wiped off.

4. Using dryer sheets: Dryer sheets are easily available in the market. Turn your steam iron on the lowest heating and place one dryer sheet on the iron soleplate. As soon as the dryer sheet starts getting hot, remove it and use a new one. Usually, with 3 dryer sheets, your steam iron gets cleaned.

5. Using nail polish remover: For this procedure, you will be needing a bowl, nail polish remover, and some cotton balls. Pour some nail polish remover into a bowl. Place the cotton balls in that bowl. Take one soaked cotton ball out and wipe it over the iron soleplate. The steam iron should be turned on but in the least heating position. Make sure you use oven mittens or heat-protecting gloves while you do this procedure. Nail polish remover is an instant remover for the burnt residue.

6. Using a Brillo Pad: This procedure is followed to remove any glue residue from your iron soleplate. Brillo Pad is easily available from the market. Place the Brillo pad on a flat surface. Place the steam iron on top of it so you will get rid of all remnants in no time.

7. Using ice cubes: For this procedure, you will be needing a plastic knife, ice cubes. This technique proves useful if your steam iron soleplate has come in contact with any metal. Remember never to try taking it off with your hand. You should quickly unplug and let the melted plastic cool. Then take a bowl, add 7-8 ice cubes in it and place your steam iron in it. Then take a plastic knife to scrape off all the plastic. In the end, you can use a damp cloth, nail polish remover, or vinegar spray to remove any excess dirt.

8. Using a magic eraser: A magic eraser is easily accessible in the market. This technique is one of the quickest and easiest techniques. You will be needing some water, a sponge and a magic eraser. Make your magic eraser wet, rub it on the surface of your soleplate, and then wipe it off with a sponge for exceptional results.

9. Using cotton swab: Cotton swabs are so small that they fit inside the steam holes and can clean them easily. Dip your cotton swabs in vinegar and the insert inside each steam hole till each of them is cleaned.

10. Using vinegar for steam holes: Vinegar is a strong liquid to clean all sorts of dirt and burnt residues. Cleaning steam holes are harder than cleaning the iron soleplate. Afterward, add distilled white vinegar and water in 1:1 quantity in a water tank of your steam iron. You will be needing old cloth you don’t use anymore. Steam iron that old cloth. You will see the dirty vinegar coming out of the steam holes. Thus, the more the residue comes out, the cleaner your steam iron gets.


 When you clean your steam iron make sure you don’t burn your hands or any cloth in that procedure. Make sure that any procedure you follow, you first read the instruction carefully. No kids should be around you just in case they burn themselves while you are busy. Now, we hope this article helps you with cleaning hacks and you don’t have to buy yourself a new steam iron.

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