My husband’s white dress shirts are always impeccably ironed. Unfortunately I can’t take credit for it. He is a little OCD when it comes to his shirts and actually PREFERS ironing them himself. I say….MORE POWER TO HIM! :-) The ONLY problem with this is his tendency to use LOTS of spray starch! Well, it’s not really a PROBLEM, but it does tend to build up on the iron. Even the homemade spray starch that I started making this past summer. Especially if the person using it does so with a heavy hand. I’ve given up trying to break him of the habit, I just have to CLEAN the iron a little more often.
In the past I have tried several different methods of cleaning my iron and wasn’t really sure which one worked best, so I decided to test them all in one afternoon and settle the issue!
I know you’re all DYING to know the results…so I won’t make you wait any longer! ;-)
I decided to try 4 different methods:
- Baking soda & Hydrogen Peroxide (my “miracle cleaner”)
- Magic Eraser
Always start with a COOL iron!
Baking Soda & Hydrogen Peroxide
I was pretty confident the baking soda & hydrogen peroxide method would work because I’ve used it with success before on MANY things! (How To Clean Your Flat Iron; New Life For Old Cookie Sheets; My Kitchen “Miracle” Cleaner.)
Unfortunately, while it worked well at CLEANING the iron…it also got in all the holes of the iron plate and was NOT easy to get out. Even after using the “steam” setting over and over, most of the holes remained plugged up. I finally got them clean using a Q-tip dipped in hydrogen peroxide.
The toothpaste, as you can imagine, had a very similar outcome. Although my iron smelled minty fresh after scouring it with toothpaste, it didn’t actually clean as well as the baking soda and hydrogen peroxide AND it clogged the holes.
The salt method didn’t have the same clogging issues as the baking soda and the toothpaste, it just didn’t seem to do much in the way of real cleaning either. But, to be honest, I’m not sure if I did it long enough because I was beginning to get frustrated at this point.
Magic Eraser Sponge
That left the magic eraser sponge, which is called MAGIC for a reason! No issues with clogging and it cleaned the iron like a champ. Just wet the eraser and rub the iron plate until it comes clean.
(If you want to see MORE things you can clean with these little wizards of washing CLICK HERE!)
I hope today’s little experiment with MY iron saves you time and consternation when it comes time to clean YOURS!
How do you clean your iron? (Or is there a self-cleaning one out there I haven’t heard about!)