This month’s theme is DIY! Welcome Heather, our newest contributor, as she shares an easy DIY iron cleaning process.
I don’t know about the rest of you but I know I use my iron for some things that I probably shouldn’t. I mean why would it be capable of such great things if it wasn’t made for more than just ironing shirts and pants?!?!? Take for instance last weekend; my husband and I just recently bought a new house…an old new house…and there is a lot of work to do. One of those things being an old vinyl floor that needed to come up. We scraped and scraped and nothing was working so we went to the books and found out that steam and heat would help get it up. What has steam and heat in a convenient all-in-one package you might ask? You got it, an iron! So we went to work…
Unfortunately, the iron didn’t really help much and it came away from the whole experience looking pretty raggedy (see the before picture above!). (Secretly, it made me a little excited because now I could research how to clean it and write about it on Bargain Hoot! Come to find out it’s the easiest thing ever!)
What you need is your nasty iron, baking soda, a little water, a washcloth and some vinegar if you want to go the extra mile. Take a little baking soda and make a paste out of it with the water. There isn’t an exact science to this so just make whatever consistency you feel necessary. Spread that around the surface of your iron. Now I had a little problem with getting the solution out of the holes in my iron, but other people seemed to not have that problem so you can decide how careful you want to be around them or not.
I let the solution sit on the surface of my iron for about 45 minutes, just to make sure it would come off good and clean. Wipe off with a washcloth and VOILE! Your iron should be sparkling clean! (See the after picture at the top of the post!)
Now if you want to, you can make a vinegar/water solution to pour into your iron to clean the insides. It’s an equal amount of each and you simply pour it into your iron and steam out. This will help clean out the inside of your iron and the steam holes that can sometimes have built up gunk in them. After you finish that, I would put some water in and steam it out again to get the vinegar completely out.
There you have it! A completely new looking iron with just a little bit of time and effort!