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Posted on: 12/18/07 8:29 PM
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My 18 year old daughter is very eco-conscious. This tip comes from her. After block fusing 4 yards of boucle, my iron was a gunky mess. I had no iron cleaner and I was preparing to drive 20 minutes to get some. My daughter suggested using canola oil to clean the iron once it cooled. I didn't really want to drive to JoAnn's so I tried it. It worked! I poured a little canola oil on a paper towel and wiped the soleplate of the iron with it. With just a little pressure and circular wiping, the iron was clean! I didn't have to inhale that noxious iron cleaner. I'm not sure if there is something magical about canola oil or if any oil would have done the job.

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MelissaB in WA said...
I'll definitely try this - much easier to have a household item and not have to run to the store after expensive cleaner!
12/19/07 0:06 AM
ladybegood said...
Of course! Why didn't I think of that! Esp after the last time I had to clean my iron and my apt. smelled like burnt silly putty for a week... Thanks for the tip!
12/19/07 0:08 AM
ryan's mom said...
I'm with you on the gunky mess because I've just block fused 3 yards of wool. Thanks for the tip!
12/19/07 6:21 AM
happytobehome said...
Great idea! I'll definitely try it.
12/19/07 8:41 AM
Irene Q said...
Eco-friendly - and economical! Thanks!!
12/19/07 10:03 AM
patsijean said...
Very interesting.............. I'll try it.
12/19/07 10:38 AM
LTsew said...
Thanks for the tip!
12/21/07 4:23 PM
Nancywin said...
Thanks for the tip! I have been looking for a "home remedy" for an iron cleaner, and even after searching the internet, have found nothing. My iron is in need of cleaning, so I'm going to give it a try!
12/23/07 0:25 AM
stitchinjj said...
That is great, I have asthma and really hate using those stinky cleaners. I will definitely give this a try.
12/27/07 6:49 AM
solosmocker said...
Thanks so much for the wonderful tip. I will put this one to work tomorrow. My iron has been gunking itself up horrribly since I have been fusing my bags.
12/29/07 7:05 PM
dorothyn said...
I just wanted to note that I tried this last night and it worked like a dream (I used sunflower oil). I was sewing late at night, and we all know what happens when you sew when you're tired! I ironed the wrong side of fusible interfacing - yuck! The good news is that my sewing room smells like popcorn now when I heat the iron!
9/21/08 0:37 AM
katasew said...
Yes... I've had success with WD-40... sprayed on a CLOTH (do NOT spray your iron soleplate directly!). Rub away the mess, and then clean the soleplate to get the oil off of it, before you turn it back on...
12/28/10 9:13 PM
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