How to Clean an Iron: Simple and easy ways

Keep Your Clothes Wrinkle-Free

By Gunjan Mehta | Updated 22/08/21
How to Clean an Iron Box

Iron is usually used in order to create clothes with crisp creases and fine pleats. They are also used to hold up clothes that are not ironed well without any risk of them slipping out. When iron becomes dirty it is necessary to clean it so that it can be put back into use. In order to keep your iron looking great, you will need a toothbrush, water, a puncher, salt, dish soap, fabric softener, and a scrubbing pad.

  • First, you will fill the reservoir with water and then add salt and dish soap.
  • Apply the paste mixture on the surface of the dirty iron and allow it to sit for five minutes before wiping with a damp cloth or cotton gloves.
  • Scrub the iron with a pad made of terry cloth.
  • Use hot water to rinse off all remaining soap residue, and then dry it with an old t-shirt or linen clothing.
  • Fill up your reservoir again with water and add fabric softener. Turn on the steam control lever until you hear hissing sounds coming from the nozzle head (this will release fine fragrance). Allow at least two minutes for fragrance to be released before dampening clothes in order to get rid of any unpleasant odors such as mustiness, smoke, body odor etcetera.

After cleaning your iron it is necessary that you clean out its lint filter which collects dust particles left behind by clothing items when they are pressed. You will need a screwdriver, an old toothbrush, and dry cleaning solvent to clean the filter out.

  • First you will unscrew the two screws on either side of the lint filter cover
  • When removing this part from your iron make sure that it is screwed back in tight so as to avoid any water leakage inside your machine during use.
  • Use your brush or vacuum cleaner to remove dust particles left behind by clothing items when they are pressed which have collected at the bottom of your filter drawer.
  • Reinsert this piece and tighten down all screws before using again for optimal performance and efficiency.

How to Maintain your Iron

To maintain their electrical cord, ensure it’s not laying on top of where clothes are being ironed. This will avoid any risk of the cord being accidentally burned or melted by excess heat from pressing clothes on top of it.

  1. Ensure that your electrical cord is not lying over where you are pressing clothes because cords can be easily burnt and melt when they come in contact with hot surfaces.
  2. If necessary, make sure to use a clip so as to keep the electric cord out of reach for safety reasons such as this one (also remember to unplug before plugging anything else into an outlet).

Nowadays there are many different types of irons available in stores: some have more power than others; some work better on certain fabrics while other irons might do a better job at getting wrinkles out without leaving any behind.

The best type of iron for you will depend on your needs, preferences, or budget so it is important to read all reviews before making a purchase decision. Remember that good quality clothes require high-quality tools too!

How to clean an iron with Lime Juice & Baking soda!

Mix one teaspoon of baking soda with one tablespoon of lime juice. Use a sponge or rag to clean your appliance, then follow up by wiping the surface down with a paper towel or cloth.

This is a great way to freshen up your iron, and make its surface clean and shiny again! Plus, you get all of those benefits from the lime juice that can aid in killing bacteria.

After done with this method, use an old toothbrush or other small brush to scrub off any dried-on grime around the bottom edges or anywhere else where dirt has collected over time. Follow by wiping away any residue left behind with a dry cloth or paper towel. Give your irons life back today with these easy tips! Remember – let them cool after using so you don’t risk burning yourself when handling heated surfaces! Happy Cleaning 😊


If you follow these steps, your iron will be shiny and clean for all of its next tasks. You’ll find that this way, it won’t take as long to heat up or cool down when using again in the future. When not in use store on a dry surface with no other objects around. One last tip?

Never submerge an electric cord into the water! This can lead to short-circuiting and costly repairs from taking such risks. Don’t forget about spot cleaning those stains off delicate clothes too! The same applies but instead soak the stained garment in a soapy mixture until clean before wringing out excess liquid and allowing the fabric to drip dry.

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