If your neglect to take proper care of your iron, you can end up with rust stains on your freshly pressed clothes. A rusty iron can be cleaned, so there is no need to throw it away and buy a new iron. Knowing how to properly clean your iron will allow you to get back to wearing freshly pressed clothes that you are so comfortable in because, if you don't look good, you don't feel good.
Things You'll Need
Turn off and unplug the iron. Make sure the iron is cool before starting to prevent burns.
Mix 1 tsp of dish soap into a bowl of water and dip the rag into the mixture.
Rub the metal plate of the iron with the rag. Dip a cotton swab into the water and dish soap mixture and clean out the steam holes. Dry the iron with a towel.
Stubborn iron stains
Turn the iron on low heat. The heat of the iron is necessary to remove suborn rust stains. Low heat is a good setting to start with because the lower the heat, the safer you will be.
Dip a rag in water and sprinkle it with baking soda. This will be the cleaning solution. You can substitute this cleaning solution by using a dryer sheet instead of the water baking soda solution.
Rub the metal plate of the iron with the rag. Don't add too much pressure to fast because the harder you press the more you will feel the heat of the iron. Give the low setting time to work then after ten minutes, if you don't see any progress and stains are not coming out, turn the heat of the iron up but make shorter cleaning strokes so you are not in contact with the heat too much.
Set the iron on a cooling stand where it can cool down safely.
When adding more iron heat, reduce scrubbing pressure to prevent getting burned.