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This is how you clean mineral deposits out of a steam iron. Put some white vinegar into the water reservoir, then plug the iron in and iron back and forth over a clean rag until all of the vinegar has steamed away. It will stink, make sure to leave a window open. Then you can clean the bottom of the iron with a rag dipped in a little more white vinegar. Fill the reservoir up with purified water and dump it back out a few times to make sure all of the vinegar is out.
Tap water has minerals in it; they’ll build up inside the iron and clog the steam holes. Use distilled or purified water to fill the reservoir on the iron, then you won’t have any mineral buildup.
I use a piece of steel wool, the kind that has the blue soap inside it. If you rub too hard with it, though, the steel wool will scratch the bottom of your iron. Be very gentle or use something else, like a plastic dish scrubber.
I know everyone says to use vinegar to clean everything, but I can’t stand the smell. To get gunk off the bottom of your iron, squirt a little lemon juice on an old toothbrush and then dip it in some salt. Scrub the bottom of the iron with the toothbrush to get all of the black off, then wipe off the bottom of the iron with first a wet cloth and then a dry one. If you want to make sure no salt is left inside the steam holes, fill the reservoir up with distilled water and iron a towel or something on the steam setting.
You can get wax residue off of an iron by heating the iron up and then ironing back and forth over a piece of newspaper until the wax is gone.
My mother would clean the bottom of an iron by running the hot iron over wax paper. Worked perfectly.
Honestly, I have tried every single solution that worked for others and unfortunately, they are just not working for me. I am so frustrated! Argh!
None of these things worked for me save the SOS pads, have not tried that yet; will try now. Does it need to be turned on low for it to work?
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