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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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katasew said... (12/28/10 9:13 PM) Reply
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...
dorothyn said... (9/21/08 0:37 AM) Reply
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!
solosmocker said... (12/29/07 7:05 PM) Reply
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.
stitchinjj said... (12/27/07 6:49 AM) Reply
That is great, I have asthma and really hate using those stinky cleaners. I will definitely give this a try.
Nancywin said... (12/23/07 0:25 AM) Reply
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!
LTsew said... (12/21/07 4:23 PM) Reply
Thanks for the tip!
patsijean said... (12/19/07 10:38 AM) Reply
Very interesting.............. I'll try it.
Irene Q said... (12/19/07 10:03 AM) Reply
Eco-friendly - and economical! Thanks!!
happytobehome said... (12/19/07 8:41 AM) Reply
Great idea! I'll definitely try it.
ryan's mom said... (12/19/07 6:21 AM) Reply
I'm with you on the gunky mess because I've just block fused 3 yards of wool. Thanks for the tip!
ladybegood said... (12/19/07 0:08 AM) Reply
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!
MelissaB in WA said... (12/19/07 0:06 AM) Reply
I'll definitely try this - much easier to have a household item and not have to run to the store after expensive cleaner!
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