How to Clean an Iron

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.

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Things You'll Need

  • Clean towel
  • Baking Soda
  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Water
  • Cotton Swab
  • Toothbrush
  • Clean cloth
  • 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.

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Step 1

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.

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Step 2

Pour some vinegar in a small bowl. Dip the toothbrush in the vinegar and scrub the iron's plate and steam vents softly.

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Step 3

Fill the iron's reservoir with clean water, and then turn the iron on the highest setting with the steam on.

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Step 4

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.

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Step 5

Once your iron has completely cooled, wipe it down with a clean damp cloth. And you're done!

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