Ironing is a daily household chore and you may notice stains at the bottom of the iron. To avoid damaging clothes you may want to know how to clean iron at home. You can easily clean an iron at home using some homemade cleaning solutions. Clean and descaled iron will help in the quick ironing of your clothes. It will not only saves your time but also save your favorite clothes from stains.

When you notice brownish marks on the iron plate, or your iron doesn’t glide smoothly over clothes while ironing and feels sticky and rough on touching then it needs a cleaning ritual. You should be well aware to use the right cleaning agents on your iron plate otherwise you may end up damaging your iron. Stepshowto will guide you in choosing the right cleaning agent and method to clean your iron. below steps will help you in removing stubborn stains, mistakenly melted plastic and burnt clothes stick on the bottom of the iron.

Iron Cleaning Methods

You can easily clean the top surface of the iron with a soft cloth dipped in the soapy solution, but what about cleaning the soleplate and reservoir of the steam iron. Don’t worry you can also clean them with the following techniques and cleaning agents at home.

Clean Iron’s Plastic Body

Materials and Tools
  • Water
  • Liquid soap
  • Bowl
  • Soft cloth

Take a bowl filled with water and then add two drops of liquid soap, stirring it with a spoon. Then dip a soft cloth in the solution squeeze out excess water and then glide it over the iron to clean the plastic body of the iron with this damp cloth. After cleaning Take a dry cloth and wipe the plastic body of the iron with it.

  plastic body

Clean Steam Iron Water Reservoir

Materials and Tools
  • Water
  • White vinegar
  • Bowl

In a bowl add half a cup of water and a half cup of white vinegar, make a solution and then put it in the steam iron reservoir. Plugin the switch and then hold the steam button for 4 to 5 seconds to let the steam out from the steam vents. Repeat this process 2-3 times to clean the reservoir because water minerals will make the iron reservoir chalky. You can use distilled water while ironing to prevent limescale inside the reservoir.


Clean Iron’s Steam Vents

Materials and Tools
  • Toothbrush
  • Cotton swab
  • Soft cloth

Immediately after cleaning the reservoir of the steam iron, Switch off the plug and place the iron in a stand-up position. Take a cotton swab or toothbrush to unclog the steam iron vents, and gently rub it in the vents to remove dirt. Then wipe the soleplate with a dry soft cloth. Dispose of the water solution that was poured into the reservoir.


Clean Iron’s SolePlate

Materials and Tools
  • Bowl
  • Toothbrush
  • Soft cloth
  • Newspaper
  • Vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Lemon Juice
  • Toothpaste
  • Tylenol
  • Nail polish remover
  • Magic Eraser
  • Dryer sheets

You can clean the soleplate of the iron with various agents, as the soleplate is the most exposed part of the iron and it is in contact with the clothes it’s cleaning should be deep. Below are some solutions that can help in cleaning the soleplate.

How to Clean an Iron at Home with Salt

If your iron soleplate is burnt and you are finding a way how to clean burnt iron then you should give salt a try. Salt is tried and tested iron cleaning agent in Asian houses, Place a newspaper on the iron stand and spread salt over it. Now, plug in your iron and let it heat up for 2 minutes then glide hot iron over the salt until it cleans the burnt marks. then wipe the iron surface with a dry towel.

clean with salt

How to Clean Iron with at Home with Vinegar and Baking Soda

The combo agents vinegar and baking soda are loved by every cleaning enthusiast, you can make a paste of white vinegar and baking soda in a bowl to clean the greasy surface of the iron soleplate. Combo solution not only removes black marks from the iron plate but also remove makes it shiny and smooth to glide over clothes. In a bowl mix 2tbsp of baking soda and 2tbsp of white vinegar then using a toothbrush apply this solution on the soleplate and scrub the iron soleplate, let it sit for 5 minutes after scrubbing then wipe it with a damp cloth.

clean with vinegar and soda

How to Clean Iron with Baking Soda and Lemon Juice

If you run out of white vinegar and only there is baking soda available in your pantry then don’t worry still you can clean iron with only baking soda. In a bowl add 2tbsp of baking soda, 1tbsp of water, and 1tbsp of lemon juice then make a thick paste. Apply it over the soleplate and scrub with a brush. Once your iron is cleaned wipe it with a damp cloth.

clean with baking soda and lemon juice

How to Clean Iron with Toothpaste and Baking Soda

Another magical hack of cleaning iron is a combo of toothpaste and baking soda, these two react to remove corrosion and burnt marks from iron. Place your iron upside down and apply toothpaste over it, you can use toothpaste from any brand, then spread it using your fingers, sprinkle baking soda over the spread toothpaste, and scrub using a toothpaste brush or sponge. Then wipe it after 2 minutes with a damp cotton cloth.

clean with toothpaste

How to Clean an Iron with Tylenol

Tylenol is not just used as an antibiotic but also used to clean the burnt surface of the iron. You can easily remove black marks from iron by gliding Tylenol on the hot soleplate. Heat up the iron to low and then protect your hands in fabric gloves glide Tylenol tablet over the soleplate and you will be amazed to see its quick results. Your dirty iron soleplate will be cleaned in a few minutes.

clean with tylenol

How to Clean Iron with Nail Polish Remover

You can also use an acetone-based nail paint remover to clean the bottom of an iron. Dip a cotton pad in acetone and then wipe the heated plate of the iron with it, make sure to protect your hands in gloves. Wipe until the soleplate gets properly cleaned. You should keep the area well ventilated while cleaning with acetone to protect yourself from harmful fumes.

clean with acetone

How to Clean Iron with Dryer Sheets

Dryer sheets are basically used in the laundry but you can use them to clean mild gunk from the iron soleplate, Heat the iron to low and then wipe the soleplate with dryer sheets. You can replace the sheet with a new one if they get hot.

clean with dryer sheets

How to Clean Iron with Magic Eraser

Magic eraser will also help out n cleaning iron with black marks, and limescale. Dip the magic eraser in the bowl of water and then squeeze out excess water, wipe the soleplate of the iron with the magic eraser until you will get desired results.

clean with eraser


  • Don’t scrub your iron soleplate with hard material like knife or steel sponges.
  • Empty steam iron reservoir after ironing, to keep it safe from mildew.
  • Use distilled water instead of hard water in the reservior to avoid limescale.
  • Fill the reservior before plugging the iron.
  • Don’t glide iron over metal zipper, decals and plastic.
  • After ironing place the iron in uo right position.
  • If you use iron on daily basis then do clean it once in a month.


How to clean a steam iron?

Start by cleaning the water reservoir, fill the reservoir with an equal amount of vinegar and water then plug in the iron and let it heat for 2 minutes. Push the steam button to evaporate the solution through the vents, repeat 3- times, and then switch off the iron. Clean the vents using a cotton swab and then using a baking soda and vinegar paste clean the soleplate.

How to clean an iron plate?

In a bowl make a vinegar and baking soda paste, then apply this mixture to the iron plate, scrub the plate with an old toothbrush. let it sit for 5-10 minutes then wipe it with a damp cloth. you can also use toothpaste, acetone, a magic eraser, and salt to clean the iron plate easily at home.

How to remove corrosion from iron?

Soak a towel in white vinegar and then place your iron on the towel. Let it sit for an hour then remove it from the towel and apply toothpaste on the iron plate, scrub it well using a soft cloth or sponge then wipe off with a damp cloth.

How to remove melted plastic from iron?

Place the iron soleplate in the tray filled with ice cubes, and let it sit for 20 minutes or until the plastic gets hard. Then using a plastic scraper or plastic knife remove the hardened plastic from the surface of the iron.


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