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Posted on: 3/13/05 10:35 AM
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If your iron has acquired some gunk on the soleplate, rather than buying a tube of commercial cleaner, you can let it cool, then scrub it lightly with a soft cloth (I use a microfiber cloth) and damp baking soda. The baking soda will not scratch the sole plate, and the cloth won't either. (You can iron most fabric, even rough types, right?). Another suggestion I've read is warm vinegar and salt, although I've never tried that. (I wish there were a nose-holding smiley!)

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KAB said... (5/18/06 12:16 PM) Reply
Yup; works great; no damage. BTW, your note re: vinegar and salt works to lift oxidation on silver jewelry & buttons. Sprinkle vinegar (any kind) on silver; salt liberally; wait moments; rinse or wipe w/damp cloth. Perfect; no effort; no damage. Yeah, it smells less than lovely.
Gillian said... (6/19/05 8:20 PM) Reply
It works! Great tip.
Tini said... (3/29/05 5:45 AM) Reply
Worked like a charm! So easy and cheap!!
Debbie Lancaster said... (3/16/05 7:40 AM) Reply
Betty, my iron is brand new with a stainless steel soleplate, and there's not a mark on the soleplate from the cleaning, other than water spots. Now that I think about it, I suspect that you can't avoid getting *some* scratches on it just from normal wear and tear. My old iron, for example, is scratched all over (in a pattern from top to bottom, the direction in which I iron!), and it's never been cleaned at all.
Everyday Sewist said... (3/15/05 2:44 PM) Reply
I would be very careful about using baking soda on the shiny stainless steel soleplates. I recently used a paper towel to wipe mine, and I was surprised that it scratched the soleplate. Baking soda is even more abrasive; I would not use it on this type of soleplate.
OKgirl said... (3/14/05 9:36 AM) Reply
For many years I have used "waxed paper" from the grocery store. Take a large sheet of waxed paper and iron it, folding it as you go. Has always worked or me.
Annette H said... (3/14/05 7:02 AM) Reply
Thank you - sounds good!
sheree said... (3/13/05 6:38 PM) Reply
Thanks for the great tip. I hate the smell of the commercial iron cleaner (and the cost!) I'll definitely use this tip!
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