Over time, your iron can get dirty and calcification can build up. Cleaning it once a month can prolong the life of your iron and help it work better, too.
Things You'll Need
Distilled white vinegar
Lemon essential oil (optional)
If your iron has come in contact with something sticky like plastic or rubber, use a few drops of lemon oil on a clean cloth to remove the buildup. If the plastic is extra stuck on, you may want to do this while your iron is slightly warm.
Make a paste of 1 tbsp. baking soda and 2 tbsp. warm water in a bowl.
Work the paste into the steam vents and iron's plate using a cotton swab.
Wipe away the baking soda and reside using a damp cloth.
Pour some vinegar in a small bowl. Dip the toothbrush in the vinegar and scrub the iron's plate and steam vents softly.
Fill the iron's reservoir with clean water, and then turn the iron on the highest setting with the steam on.
Place the iron on a towel. Move the iron back and forth while depressing the steam button.
Repeat this step a few times, holding the iron up for a few seconds in between each time.
Once your iron has completely cooled, wipe it down with a clean damp cloth. And you're done!