How to Remove Felt Iron-Ons

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Sometimes we have a change of heart about an item we've embellished. Just because you're no longer in love with an iron-on, doesn't mean you have to throw the garment away. In fact, it's a lot easier than you might think to remove iron-on letters and patches from garments and accessories. All you need are a couple of items you probably already have on hand in your medicine cabinet. Combine these household items with a little elbow grease and before you know it, you'll have a good as new garment.

Things You'll Need

  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Cotton swabs
  • Tweezers
  • Washing Machine
  • Iron
  • Cotton Cloth

The simplest method that seems to produce the surest results, is the alcohol swabbing process. Turn the garment you will be working on inside out. Lay it flat on a table or other hard surface.

Dip a cotton swab into rubbing alcohol.

Use the wet cotton swap to completely dampen the underside of the garment in the shape of the iron-on letter or patch.

Wait approximately 30 seconds for the alcohol to loosen the iron-on glue, then peel the iron-on away from the right side of the garment. Should the letter or patch not remove completely the first time, repeat the application of alcohol if necessary.

If there is any glue residue left on the garment, dab more alcohol directly onto the residue to remove it.

Launder garment to remove alcohol. Wear and enjoy your "new" garment.

An alternative option to removing felt iron-ons is "reverse ironing". Place the garment right side out on an ironing board. Turn the iron on to a high heat setting.

Lay a scrap of cotton cloth, thin dishtowel or pillowcase over the iron-on. Iron over the letters, heating the glue in the process. This should allow you to peel off the letters easily.

Launder the garment to remove any remaining glue residue.

One other method you might wish to try is to simply manually pick the iron-on off. Use tweezers to help you get a good grip on smaller pieces.

Once you have removed all traces of the iron-on to the best of your ability, launder the garment with hot water to help dissolve and remove any glue residue.

If you find that the iron-on you are removing is really stubborn, a combination of the above methods might be your best bet. Use the manual process to pick off any remnants after the heat and alcohol methods have been followed.

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