Neat & Tidy

Tips for Cleaning Your Clothes Iron



For those of you out there who make mistakes, I am here to tell you, that you are not alone. I myself, have made one or two.


Enter the dirty clothes iron.


About a year ago, I was making an Easy no-sew receiving blanket for a friend’s baby. I quickly realized my clothing iron was in desperate need of a good scrub down when it left a sticky brownish splotch on the clean new fabric.

There was so much gunk stuck to the metal plate on the iron, that it reminded me of gooey tar on an old country road during the heat of the summer. Yuck!

So, here’s how I cleaned off that hogwash.

Fist, I mixed up a paste consisting of vinegar and baking soda. No exact measurements here. I just mix until it was a paste consistency.


Next, using a soft cloth, I rubbed the mixture onto the dirty iron. I scrubbed a little bit and the gunk came right off. Yay! To clean the water tank, I just rinsed it out with a solution of 2 parts water and 1 part vinegar.

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Worked like a charm!


Have you made this mistake before? If yes, let us know the best method you found for cleaning your clothing iron, or did you just toss it in the garbage, buy a new one, and call it day? Leave us a comment. We’d love to hear from you!


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