How to Clean Off Burnt Stuff on My Iron

Written by annie carter
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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.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Washcloth
  • Salt
  • Baking soda
  • White vinegar
  • Tweezers (optional)
  • Spatula

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Instructions

    Heat and Water

  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

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

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

    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.

    White Vinegar and Salt

  1. 1

    Allow the iron to cool completely.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    Allow the mixture to form a spreadable paste.

  4. 4

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

  5. 5

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

    Baking Soda and Water

  1. 1

    Allow the iron to cool completely.

  2. 2

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

  3. 3

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

  4. 4

    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.

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