An already hectic task of ironing becomes a massive inconvenience when your iron starts dirtying your clothes or starts sticking to them. Dirty water spray or burnt iron plates are two major problems we face generally while ironing our clothes. Here are some simple ways to clean your iron at home.

What is the black stuff on my iron?

The soleplate of your iron becomes black over time because of the build-up of burnt fabric, dirt, and ironing spray. Moreover, the holes of the plate get clogged by accumulated heavy water and rust. Here are some simple ways to clean your iron at home.

How do I clean the soleplate of a steam iron?

  1. To remove burnt spots off your iron take Tylenol tablets and press the hot iron on them from exactly where you want to remove the spot. A melted tablet will help loosen the stain. Now rub the stain with a clean cloth until it’s completely removed.
  2. Baking soda paste is a multipurpose stain remover that can also be used to clean your iron plate. Carefully put a generous amount of this paste over the plate and scrub it off with a brush.
  1. To clean holes of a steam iron dip cotton swabs in distilled vinegar and put it in the holes to clean them thoroughly.
  2. Take a vinegar-soaked towel and put your iron at a medium-high temperature and place it on the towel for about 20 minutes.
  3. Salt is also a very good cleaning agent. Take a good amount of salt on paper and glide hot iron over it, this will help remove the gunk off your iron plate.
  4.  If you mess up your iron with melted plastic or chewing gum rub ice cubes over the plate to harden the plastic or chewing gum. Now scrape it off carefully using a plastic knife. Remove the remaining residue using vinegar or baking soda paste.
  5. Nailpolish remover can also be used to dissolve the stubborn grime. Let the iron heat up and soak cotton or tissue paper in acetone and rub the bottom plate rigorously.
  6. Dishwashing soaps and laundry detergents can also serve the purpose. Use a dish scrubber to scrub the gunk off.
  7. Dryer sheets can also be used to wipe the grimed iron plate. Rub them while the iron is slightly heated to get better results.

 How do I clean steam iron vents?

  1. Pour half cup distilled water mixed with half cup water in the water compartment of your steam iron. Now, take cotton buds soaked in this mixture and insert them in the holes to clean the hard water build-up. Use a toothpick or a small toothbrush to clean out the residue. Now turn on the iron and let the steam of the mixture come out of the vents for further cleaning.

How do I clean the jets on my iron?

White vinegar or apple cider vinegar both work wonders for cleaning water jets of iron. Simply heat up the vinegar and press the button to spray it out of the jets. This will help unclog them.

Tips to maintain the cleanliness of iron for a long time

  • Always use distilled water to fill up your steam iron. Hard water quickly clogs the jets and vents of your iron.
  • Make sure to fill up the iron unplugged and not when it is hot.
  • Don’t forget to empty the water container of your iron before keeping it away for a long period of time.
  • While not in use keep the iron in a standing position so that water does not leak out which will prevent hard water build-up and rusting of the bottom plate.
  •  To avoid damage to the bottom plate make sure not to press directly on zippers, metal hooks, plastics, and fabric paints.

All of these cleaning hacks are very effective for cleaning your iron at home. If you’re tired of your clothes ironing routine and you want to get your clothes ironed by a professional make sure to have a look at our excellent clothes ironing service at