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How to Clean an Iron

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by Sarah B (subscribe)
Writer and freelance graphic designer. Having fun exploring this beautiful city of ours!
Published October 19th 2012
Save your iron from landfill
So your iron has started spitting gunk onto your clothes. Oh no what to do. You could always throw it away and fork out the GDP of a small nation on a new one while adding to landfill - but there is another solution - iron cleaning solution.

In my local supermarket I found three different brands promising to do the job, so I picked the one which had an inbuilt scourer - call me lazy but I didn't want to have to scour the kitchen looking for one that wouldn't scratch my iron plate.

Getting home, I discovered that this is how you clean an iron:

Step 1:

Take a dirty iron.

Step 2:

Smear it with iron cleaner of your choice.

Step 3:

Turn iron on to a low setting. Once the iron cleaner starts to sizzle turn the iron off and scrub, scrub, scrub with a scratch free scourer.

Step 4:

Wipe off all the gunk with a damp cloth.

Step 5:

Sit back and admire your clean iron (and notice the scratches it had on it if your iron was already scratched like mine).

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Why? To save your iron and your clothes
When: On a rainy day
Where: At home
Cost: $5-$10 for iron cleaner if you don't already have any
Your Comment
But this won't do anything for the water tank if it's gunky with minerals from tap water... which is why one should always fill steam irons with distilled water! The oxidised mineral build-up is what spits out onto the clean laundry when ironing.
by jill (score: 1|70) 2490 days ago
That's true, distilled water for the water tank. Ours got yucky because of a mishap with an iron on transfer..
by Sarah B (score: 1|10) 2490 days ago
Great idea!
by peiman (score: 1|22) 2245 days ago
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