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How to Clean Off Burnt Stuff on My Iron

Updated April 17, 2017

Even the most careful person can accidentally get their iron too hot or linger a little too long on a piece of fabric and create burn marks on the iron. With a very hot iron there also is the likelihood of burnt pieces of fabric sticking to the iron, which can be hard to get off. However, removing the marks and pieces of burnt fabric can be easy if you know a few quick solutions.

Pull off any pieces of fabric using your fingers or a pair of tweezers once the iron plate is cool to the touch. Remove as much of the stuck on fabric as possible.

Turn on the appliance, put its heat setting at the highest level and allow the iron plate to heat up.

Wipe a wet washcloth over the surface of the iron plate. Use quick strokes, paying attention to areas that still have remaining bits of fabric.

Keep the washcloth wet as you clean the iron. Once all the burnt marks and bits of stuck on fabric are removed, turn the iron off, unplug and allow it to cool completely.

Allow the iron to cool completely.

Heat equal amounts of white vinegar and salt in a small pan. Measure out the amount you think you'll need to completely cover the iron plate.

Allow the mixture to form a spreadable paste.

Apply the paste to the iron plat, paying particular attention to areas with the most burnt residue.

Remove the paste using a damp washcloth. Reapply paste to areas with stubborn set-in burnt marks.

Allow the iron to cool completely.

Mix together one tablespoon water and two tablespoons baking soda to create a paste.

Spread the paste over the entire iron plate using a spatula. Concentrate heavily on areas with the most burnt residue.

Use a damp cloth to remove the paste from the iron plate. Reapply the paste as needed to remove the entire burnt residue from the iron plate.

Things You'll Need

  • Washcloth
  • Salt
  • Baking soda
  • White vinegar
  • Tweezers (optional)
  • Spatula
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Annie Carter has been been writing in some way for as long as she can remember. However, she has been writing informative articles for the last few years. She has a bachelor's degree in English from Edinboro University. Carter specializes in articles relating to pets, as she has four cats and two dogs of her own.