How to Get Iron Marks Out of Clothes

Updated February 21, 2017

While an iron is a great tool for keeping your clothes wrinkle-free and looking good, it's not a perfect piece of equipment and can sometimes negatively alter clothes by leaving scorch marks. These marks usually result from ironing your clothes on a setting that is too hot. Luckily, you don't need to throw your clothes away if you happen to get iron marks on them; they can easily be repaired using materials you have around the house.

Dip a cloth in hydrogen peroxide until it is well saturated but not sopping wet. Wring out the excess liquid.

Lay the wet cloth directly on top of the iron mark. Set the iron between low and medium-low and iron over the wet cloth.

Continue to iron over the wet cloth until the stain disappears. You may need to add more hydrogen peroxide to the cloth.

Soak a cloth in white distilled vinegar until the cloth is wet. Wring out the excess vinegar. Apply the cloth directly to the scorch mark, rubbing vigorously.

Soak another cloth in cold water. Wring out the excess water and rub the scorch mark aggressively.

Repeat these steps until the iron mark is gone.


The moment you get a scorch mark while ironing, you should soak the garment in cold water.

Things You'll Need

  • Cloths
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Iron
  • White vinegar
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Lane Cummings is originally from New York City. She attended the High School of Performing Arts in dance before receiving her Bachelor of Arts in literature and her Master of Arts in Russian literature at the University of Chicago. She has lived in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she lectured and studied Russian. She began writing professionally in 2004 for the "St. Petersburg Times."