How can I clean the sole of my iron?

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  • Flipturn Flipturn on Oct 10, 2017
    Is it teflon, or stainless steel?

  • Ebbjdl Ebbjdl on Oct 10, 2017
    I use an ẞSOS pad lightly. Take a few Q-tips and clean out the holes where the steam comes out from. Next, fill the iron with water, to it's capacity, put it on steam. Get a rack that you would put cookies on to cool. Place the iron flat in the sink on the rack, and let it steam until there is no steam left. Wipe holes again, when cool.

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Oct 11, 2017
    Once cleaned, then use only distilled water, not regular tap water in the iron, especially if your water is hard. This will help prevent the inside of the iron and the holes from getting gunked up again so quickly.

  • Arleen Sarsons Arleen Sarsons on Oct 11, 2017
    I use a wad of wax paper to clean the bottom of my iron. Heat the iron & rub the bottom with wax paper.


  • 27524803 27524803 on Oct 11, 2017
    For a STAINLESS STEEL sole plate: If you have a gooey-ish, black, deposit on the bottom, like from starch, try this first> wet a small terrycloth towel in a vinegar and water solution and ring out about half way, put the ,folded, towel on a hard, like concrete, not wood, surface, heat the iron, highest setting and "iron" the towel with a hard scrubbing motion. If this does not remove the entire deposit... there is a commercial cleaner (in a tube) that is made to clean the iron without scaring the smooth surface.
    For hard water deposits... there is a commercial cleaner made for irons and coffee pots.... or use vinegar and water and set iron on steam

  • Pat Pat on Oct 15, 2017
    Try using a dryer sheet, like bounce. Get iron hot and iron the bounce going up and down.

  • AmAtHome AmAtHome on Nov 10, 2018

    I used the instructions in the link, the baking soda /water paste worked great! https://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/cleaning/laundry/clean-iron