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The Pantry Ingredient That Will Breath New Life Into Your Grimy Iron
Irons, like any other home appliance, must be cleaned a couple of times a year to remove any buildup from frequent use. Baking soda can help keep your iron clean.
Baking soda is a powerful yet mildly abrasive cleaning agent that can break down any buildup and help remove sticky gunk from an iron plate without scratching it.
Mix two tablespoons of baking soda with one tablespoon of distilled water in a bowl to make a paste to tackle a mild stain. Use a cloth to scrub the paste onto the soleplate gently.
Continue scrubbing until the sticky gunk begins to lift from the surface. Avoid getting the paste in the steam vents; use a cotton swab dipped in distilled water to clean them.
After scrubbing, wipe the soleplate down with a damp washcloth, repeating the process if any residue remains. Empty the reservoir to remove any excess water.
With regular maintenance, you’ll only need to deep clean your iron once or twice a year. Always use distilled water, not tap, and don’t let water sit inside the iron for too long.