How to Clean an Iron

I don’t know about you, but I don’t have an iron at home… I have two. And it’s not because I love to iron the clothes, no, in fact I don’t iron clothes too frequently. I use it for lots and different kind of projects, sometimes crazy ideas I have that end up looking good, and sometimes they are a complete fail. Many of these fails affect the iron itself and it ended up looking like this.

How to clean an iron the easy way without special products

As you can imagine, my husband wasn’t very pleased with my experiments because we needed the iron for his white and light shirts, and that’s why we decided to buy another one. No more complaining.

As it was about time to clean mine, I thought I would share how I do it in case you don’t know this trick.

You just need one thing: steel wood. Don’t try to use any other abrasive products or you will scratch and ruin your iron. Take a piece of steel wood and start to rub.

How to clean an iron the easy way without special products

If yours is as bad as mine, don’t think it will come off easily; you will need some elbow grease. If you had planned to go to the gym and exercise your arms, you won’t need it.

How to clean an iron the easy way without special products

But it is really worth the effort. Now you have a new iron ready for whatever you have planned, and as you can see the surface is perfect.

Did you know this trick? If not, I hope you find it useful.

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43 comments

  1. Mary-the boondocks blog says:

    Haha! I promise to stay away from the gym! I also have the same problem with my iron. I’m going to have to try your tip Pili, because my whites don’t look that good after I iron them with that mess of an iron.

    • Pili says:

      You’ll see it is worth the effort, Mary!! I used to iron my whites with a cloth on them to prevent stains, it was a pain…

  2. Katrin says:

    Pili, you saved me! Mine looked exactly like this, and in fact I tried everything I could find out there and nothing really worked for me, so I ended up getting a second iron! I hate ironing, but I needed a clean one just like you. So now I’m gonna try your trick! That’s awesome! Thanks!!!

    • Pili says:

      You’re welcome! Good to know I am not alone!! Pheww! Now you can keep the messy iron for craft projects and feel free to experiment, you have a solution for whatever it may happen.

    • Pili says:

      Yes, the iron can last so many years simply cleaning it, as long as it doesn’t fall and break to pieces.
      Thanks for stopping by, glad to see you Linda!

  3. Jenny says:

    Hey, that’s what my iron looks like! I’ve tried every “simple trick” out there, and nothing cleans it. I believe in old fashioned elbow grease, and after seeing this I remembered my mom cleaning her iron this way. Thank you!

    • Pili says:

      I read some time ago something about cleaning it with wax and salt, and it was a total disaster! Both things got into the holes and that was a real mess!! It took ages to get rid of the salt and wax, and when using steam black spots came out of the holes… I don’t want to remember!
      Our parents were wise, shame we didn’t ask them about all the tips they knew.
      Thanks for visiting!

  4. sue says:

    This is such a common problem Pili and I usually just buy another iron. I’ll have to try your tip. Thanks for linking up and sharing with us at #Overthemoon. Have a great week!

    • Pili says:

      I am decluttering so buying another is not an option… I am even thinking about selling the second one 😉
      Glad to see you, enjoy your week!

  5. Crystal says:

    My husband was just saying that he was going to have to buy a new iron because of something that looked even less like this. I am so glad that you showed me even the worse can be removed. Thanks for sharing!

    • Pili says:

      Yes, Crystal, there’s hope for all the irons out there. No need to spend money on new ones.

      Thanks for visiting!

  6. Laurie says:

    Pili, I have never tried steel wool to clean an iron, but wow, amazing! Thanks for sharing this tip with us at Brag About It. Pinned and tweeted to share! Have a wonderful week ahead!
    ~Laurie

    • Pili says:

      It really works wonders, Laurie. It is strong enough to remove the mess, but at the same time soft enough to not scratch the surface.

  7. AJ @ Aspen Jay says:

    Hi Pili!
    I am not into ironing much either- except for projects. 🙂 My husband actually does the ironing of the few clothes we do iron. Thanks for this tip, I know it will come in handy- pinning!
    Cheers
    AJ

    • Pili says:

      Mine also does the ironing, but I didn’t dare to tell lol. That’s why he declared he wasn’t using it anymore.

  8. Roisin says:

    Great tip, I really needed this right now! The other day I attempted to iron my partners shirt and it didn’t end well! #BrilliantBlogPosts

    • Pili says:

      I hear you, Roisin. If you have a messed iron like mine it couldn’t end well… Now you can make your partner happy 🙂

  9. Betsy says:

    I must admit that I’ve had an iron or two I had to replace because I couldn’t get the gunk off. Thanks for sharing your clever idea at Talk of the Town.

  10. Life Loving says:

    Amazing advice, but maybe not for someone like me! Ha ha. I have an iron and I think it’s only been out of the box once. I don’t like ironing and can’t justify the time, my other half is the same, so if I do ever need the iron for crafts, he won’t mind me using it!

    • Pili says:

      Hahaha!! That’s simple life, you are my heroine!! I always choose clothes that don’t need to be ironed, I wish my husband did the same 😉

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  12. Nikki Frank-Hamilton says:

    LOL! I cannot tell you how many times I have slaved over the iron after a craft project! And we’ve bought new ones because I couldn’t get them clean! This is perfect, we always have steel wool on hand. Thanks for sharing this!

    • Pili says:

      Little things like this make our lives easier! It’s quicker to rub some steel wood on the iron than having to go buying one.
      Even better for the budget!

  13. Holly McCall {McCall Manor} says:

    Great tip Pili! Yes, my iron is mostly for projects and my husband’s shirts as well. I hadn’t thought about getting a second one for just me. He would probably like that… ha Thanks for sharing at Your Inspired Design!

    • Pili says:

      In fact, I had to get a second one for him because he was not very pleased on how I left his first iron lol. I can tell he’s happy now, and me too.

    • Pili says:

      Time to delete it from the to do list, Anne. Doesn’t it make you feel great? I love to accomplish things to do but there are more waiting!

      Thanks for the visit, I hope you have a wonderful week!

  14. Ruth Harris says:

    That sounds great! I had no idea how to clean mine, so I bought a new one as well. Fortunately I keep the dirty one so I will try this cleaning trick!

    • Pili says:

      If all the women try this, the iron industry won’t be very happy. There are a lot of us owning two irons…

      Have a great week!

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