5. Rub Iron with Paracetamol
Paracetamol (e.g. acetaminophen, Tylenol) is handy to clean scorched iron. Be sure to use a white, uncoated variety!
Turn your iron on high, grasp a paracetamol tablet with a pair of tweezers, and rub the tablet all over the soleplate. Avoid touching the hot surface with your tweezers. The tablet should gradually dissolve into a gel, dissolving residue right along with it. Repeat as many times as necessary, then rub the hot iron over a clean, damp towel.
6. Clean Out with Cotton Swabs
If you find that your iron's steam holes are clogged or grimy, clean them out using a cotton swab dipped in white vinegar. Cotton swabs are perfect for cleaning out steam vents, especially since they don’t scratch the plate’s surface.
7. Use a Magic Eraser
The secret to using a magic eraser to clean an iron? Get it wet, and then run it on the burn marks until they disappear. This tip especially works if your iron is marred with hard water spots.
8. Scrape with a Dull Knife and Ice Cubes
If you've ever accidentally sewed over a plastic button and have it melted onto the fabric, you know it can be tough to remove. First, unplug your iron and let it completely cool. Once cooled, place the iron onto a bowl or pan of ice cubes. This will harden any plastic that's stuck to the iron.
Then take a dull plastic knife or wooden spatula and scrape at the plastic. Make sure all plastic is completely removed to avoid getting it on your next load of clothing to be ironed.
9. Rub with Dryer Sheets
Did you know dryer sheets can work in a pinch to clean an iron? Thanks to its mild abrasive qualities, they can work wonders. Put your iron on its lowest setting, and then rub the plate with dryer sheets. Replace the dryer sheet once it gets too hot with another one.
10. Wipe the Surface with Nail Polish Remover
Again, if you're in a pinch, you can use nail polish remover to tackle grime and residue. Turn on your iron, and once it's hot, take a cotton ball dipped in nail polish remover and wipe the surface so that the solution absorbs dirt. You'll see dirt dissolve before your eyes!
11. Use the Right Natural Surface Cleaner
Start with a cool, unplugged iron and spray the soleplate with Puracy Multi-Surface Cleaner. Let the formula sit for 30-60 seconds, then scrub with a clean microfiber towel. It’s absolutely that easy.
Pro Tip: Our 99.51% natural all-purpose spray can be safely used on any non-porous surface. Unsurprisingly, this makes it an unbelievable iron cleaner.