Who doesn’t love the feeling of wearing a freshly-ironed shirt?
The reason we iron our clothing goes beyond merely feeling good. A well-ironed outfit also makes us appear more presentable, as well as giving people the impression that you are responsible. With a history spanning at least 1000 years, it is no surprise that we continue to iron our clothes and it doesn’t seem like that is going to change anytime soon.
With this being the case, it can be incredibly frustrating to iron a piece of clothing and find a horrible stain left by the iron. Stains are not the only troubling thing about a dirty iron. A buildup of dirt and scorch marks can also make the iron stick to your clothes, causing more creases (which defeats the purpose of ironing in the first place) and can lead to you replacing your iron prematurely.
Thankfully, there is a solution to your dirty iron woes. Keep reading to find out how to clean an iron and then revel in the feeling of a freshly-ironed outfit.
How to clean an iron with toothpaste
One of the easiest ways of cleaning an iron is by using white toothpaste. It sounds strange, but it works.
Other ways to clean an iron
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Using toothpaste is not the only way to remove dirt and scorch marks from the plate of your iron. Here are four more methods which use items found in most households.
How to clean an iron with baking soda
How to clean an iron with white vinegar
For really stubborn stains, make a paste out of two teaspoons of baking soda and white vinegar, then simply follow the “Baking soda” steps above.
How to clean an iron with dryer sheets
How to clean an iron with salt and vinegar
How to descale an iron with white vinegar
Dirt and scorch marks are not the only things which can affect the performance of your iron. Limescale can cause poor performance as it builds up around the steam vents and can eventually block them. Follow these steps to descale your iron.
How to prevent burn marks in the future
Now that your iron is nice and clean, you probably don’t want to go through the cleaning process again in the near future. The best way of avoiding this is to pay more attention to the heat settings. Try not to use the highest setting as this can cause more scorch marks to build up. Also, never leave a hot iron unattended! This way, your iron will become a serious health hazard that, in the event of falling, can l melt almost any fabric it lands on.
So there we have it, who would have thought that simple toothpaste and other common household items could be used to effectively clean an iron? If the bottom of your iron is covered in scorch marks and dirt, follow the tips here and it’ll be as good as new in no time.
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