Asked on Oct 29, 2017

How to clean a steam iron



I melted something nasty to the bottom of my steam iron. Now I have a couple of big, ugly, black/brown marks on the bottom of the iron that occasionally rub off on my sewing projects, so I have to use a pressing cloth all the time.

How do I clean this iron.

8 answers
  • Johnavallance82
    on Oct 29, 2017

    Repeat until it all comes off. Iron and rub over the bad spots a bar of soap. Iron it off on an old bit of cloth. Or Use Cream Kitchen Cleaner on cold iron.
  • Janet Pizaro
    Janet Pizaro
    on Oct 29, 2017
  • Vimarhonor
    on Oct 29, 2017

    Although you can buy a steam iron bottom cleaner for a ridiculous price-I've used a white toothpaste and a scotchbrite scrubber sucessfully.....cooktop cleaner could work nicely too since its made to remove burnt debris.
  • Pg
    on Oct 29, 2017

    Iron over waxed paper several times and then iron a cloth, until it all comes off.
  • Susan Dalton
    Susan Dalton
    on Oct 29, 2017

    It depends on the bottom of your iron... Is it Teflon, medal or the new non stick type
    Teflon you can use a Dobie scrubber make sure you get the iron hot then unplug and with Dawn soap start scrubbing..if metal get some steel wool and start scrubbing with Dawn. Lastly get iron hot turn off get a nylon scrubber and maybe a plastic putty knife and start cleaning. Good luck
  • Sharon
    on Oct 29, 2017

    I've used steel wool to clean mine in past, and then run hot iron over a piece of waxed paper.
  • Bet29968443
    on Oct 29, 2017

    Table Salt, newspaper and a hot iron...Sprinkle salt on the paper...No steam setting but just get it HOT. Salt will pick up all of the residue on your iron.
  • AmAtHome
    on Nov 10, 2018

    I used the instructions in the link, the baking soda /water paste worked great!

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