You use your iron for your blouses and dresses, but do you remember to clean the soleplate before use? This common oversight can make ironing more difficult and damage your clothes.
Have you decided to clean the soleplate of your iron? Very good idea: your clothes will thank you. But be careful, be sure to use the right detergents. Otherwise, you risk damaging your appliance, but also your clothes during future ironing sessions.
Iron: the mistake not to make
We’re not going to lie to each other: we always realize too late that the soleplate of our iron is dirty… Leaving a big mark that is difficult to remove on our favorite little white blouse. The residue that accumulates on the soleplate of the iron – dust, dye… – can end up becoming embedded in the fabrics under the effect of the heat, but can also leave a very unpleasant smell. Also, you should clean your device before each use.
Why before and not after? Because you should always clean it cold. Otherwise, you risk burning yourself and burning the cleaning products on the soleplate.
By regularly cleaning the soleplate of your iron and using demineralized water for your tank, you will extend the life of your iron and ensure that it performs optimally when ironing your clothes.
What products should you use to clean your iron?
Different products can be used to clean the soleplate of your iron. And you already have most of these products at home.
- white vinegar
White vinegar is an indispensable tool for any good housewife. It cleans and shines on almost any surface. To clean your iron soleplate with white vinegar, dilute it in water. Then dip a clean cloth in the vinegar water and gently rub the sole. Then use a cloth dampened with water to rinse off the mixture and pat dry with a dry cloth.
- baking soda
Dilute your baking soda with a little water to form a thick paste that you will let sit on the soleplate of your iron before gently rubbing it with a cloth. Then rinse the sole with lukewarm water and wipe with a dry cloth.
To clean your iron soleplate with toothpaste, take a dab of paste from your tube and use it to gently rub the soleplate with a cloth. Then rinse with lukewarm water and dry with a soft cloth.
We always have salt at home. To clean the soleplate of your salt iron, use a small amount of salt to rub your soleplate using a cloth. Then rinse with lukewarm water before drying with a soft cloth.
- An iron cleaner
If cleaning with products available at home is quite possible, ready-made cleaners exist on the market. Never clean your iron soleplate with any detergent. Follow the instructions on the packaging carefully and never forget to always rinse the products before restarting your iron.