Here’s how to clean the floor of a flat iron to make it look like new

Not everyone is familiar with this technique, but it’s one of the best ways to clean a burnt iron soleplate. You’ll need a white candle and an old towel or microfiber cloth. Optionally, you can use an abrasive sponge and half a lemon. This quick and easy method will make your iron soleplate shine. First, heat the iron until it’s warm but not too hot to handle. Then, unplug it and rub the candle over the hot soleplate, ideally over an old cloth to avoid mess. The wax will melt upon contact. Next, iron over the old towel. If the dirt persists, use an abrasive sponge. Finish by rubbing half a lemon on the surface for its degreasing properties.

Vinegar and Water: This mixture is a quick and efficient way to clean your iron. White vinegar has degreasing properties and effectively removes limescale. Make sure the iron is unplugged. Mix equal parts water and vinegar, then add 2 tablespoons of fine salt. Soak a soft sponge, wring it out well, and gently rub the iron soleplate until it’s clean. Your natural cleaner will leave your iron sparkling!

Marseille Soap: Known for its strong degreasing properties, Marseille soap is ideal for removing scorch marks from your iron. Apply the soap paste to the heating plate, being careful not to make a mess. Then, wipe off the excess first with crumpled newspaper and then with a clean, damp cloth.

Lemon: The degreasing and cleaning properties of lemon are remarkable. Heat the iron, then unplug it. Rub half a lemon over the surface. For an extra degreasing effect, use a sponge with a few drops of vinegar. Alternatively, a mixture of dishwashing liquid and water can be used, but ensure it’s well-rinsed. Finish by rinsing and drying thoroughly.

Salt: An excellent natural cleaning remedy, salt can also be used to clean a burnt iron soleplate. Place a sheet of parchment paper on the ironing board and sprinkle it with salt. Heat the iron and iron over the salt as if you were pressing clothes.


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