During the time, you might notice remains of clothes, dust, stones and crumbs on your iron. Of course this makes the process of ironing so much more difficult, so it is important to properly clean the bottom of the iron. Here’s how you can have a clean old iron with a few simple hacks
Mix warm water with a little mild dishwashing detergent. Dip the solution onto a cotton bud and gently wipe the bottom of the iron. Rub briefly if necessary. This cleaning method is most ideal for irons with Teflon base. In severe soiling choose another way of cleaning.
Vinegar and salt
Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of sea salt on cotton cloth. Heat the iron to maximum (turn off steam), and pass with the hot iron over the salt several times. The dirt will stick to the bottom and your iron will remain clean.
Mix the salt and vinegar in equal ratio. Put in a sauce pan and heat it. Remove from heat when the salt is dissolved before the vinegar starts boiling. .
Soak the cloth or towel in this heated mixture and gently rub the bottom of the iron. If necessary, you can, in the most severe soiling, use a plastic “wire” and scrub the iron.
If you need to reach for those holes on the iron, the best solution would be to use q-pads dipped in this solution.
Removing the wax
If wax got stuck to the bottom of irons you can easily remove it with newspapers. Just place it on the ironing board. Turn the iron to the maximum, and with it, pass over the newspaper until the paper does not absorb “waxy substance”.
Mix equal parts of baking soda and water, and with this paste, rub with the help of patches of bottom irons until it is clean.
Apply some toothpaste on the bottom of the iron. Rub the cloth to soften the dirt. When you rub the paste iron and turn the steam iron the cotton cloth 5 minutes.