How to Remove Felt Iron-Ons

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Things You'll Need

  • Rubbing alcohol

  • Cotton swabs

  • Tweezers

  • Washing Machine

  • Iron

  • Cotton Cloth

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.


Step 1

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.

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Step 2

Dip a cotton swab into rubbing alcohol.


Step 3

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

Step 4

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.


Step 5

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

Step 6

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


Step 7

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.

Step 8

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.


Step 9

Launder the garment to remove any remaining glue residue.

Step 10

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.


Step 11

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.

Step 12

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.