How To Clean An Iron Plate, 13 Amazing DIY Hacks that Work

Don’t you just hate it when your iron gets all burnt and sticky?

In that state, it burns any other cloth you try to iron with it.

Super annoying, if you ask me.

The whole dress making process without an iron to give the dress a good press is useless.

The iron highlights every detail in the garment, giving it a finished look.

So having a burnt, sticky iron just slows you down and kills your vibe.

Believe me, I know the pain. Been there several times.

Which is why I have prepared this article on “how to clean an iron plate.”

It’s informative, comprehensive and practical.


I won’t tell you to buy a new one and no, you do not need any fancy cleaning agents.

In fact, the materials you need are readily available household items.

In this article, I have highlighted 13 iron cleaning hacks that actually work.

You can thank me later! 

How to Clean an Iron Plate, Homemade hacks

The following hacks will help you clean your iron at home yourself without the aid of any fancy cleaning agent.

If your iron ever gets burnt and sticky, simply look around the house for one or two of these items and then walk back to your iron like the hero that you are.

How To Clean An Iron Plate With Toothpaste


Toothpaste is a miracle cleaner.

Not just for your teeth, but for metallic surfaces as well.

The abrasive effect of calcium carbonate, hydrated silica, etc. and the foaming agents in toothpaste, gives it this cleaning ability.

This method of cleaning an iron is my go-to method.

It’s the first thing I think of when my iron gets sticky. 

Follow these easy steps to clean your sticky iron plate with toothpaste:

1. Smear a moderate amount of toothpaste all over the iron soleplate. Let it sit for about 5minutes.

2. Then, get a clean cloth to wipe off the toothpaste.

Majority of the dirt should be gone by now.

3. Finally, fill up the iron’s water tank with water and place it on a thick towel.

4. Switch on the iron and allow the iron to steam up for about 10 minutes.

After this, your iron will be as good as new! 


How To Clean An Iron Plate With Baking Powder

Baking powder itself is an abrasive. This makes it a perfect cleaning agent.

With baking soda, you can create a very effective iron cleaning paste.

Use three tablespoons of baking soda and one tablespoon of water.

Mix properly to form a very thick paste.

Smear this paste carefully around the iron soleplate in a circular motion and let it sit for about 5 minutes.

Clean off the paste with a clean towel or piece of cloth soaked in water.

Dry it off with a dry rag/towel.

How To Clean An Iron Soleplate With Paracetamol

I know you’re shocked. Like isn’t that supposed to be a painkiller.

Well, paracetamol can be more than just a painkiller, if you let it. Not just paracetamol, though.

Any acetaminophen tablet is perfect for this hack. You’ll need more than one tablet.

There are two ways to do this.

You can crush the tablets into fine powder and then make a paste out of the powder, just like with baking soda.

Or, you can simply follow these steps

  1. Plugin the iron and turn it up to the hottest temperature.
  2. Once it is hot, press the pill down, directly on the burnt area. The pill dissolves into a gel that clears out the burnt spot.
  3. Repeat the process on all affected areas until it completely clears all the burnt parts of the iron out.

Then, use a damp cloth to wipe the entire soleplate.

Make sure you protect your hands because of the heat from the iron.

Ensure you do not use rubber gloves since they can be melted by heat.

Leather gloves are most suitable.


How To Clean An Iron With Salt And Newspaper

I just keep mentioning weird hacks.

Who knew salt and newspaper could do the trick?

Follow these easy steps and your doubts will be cleared in no time.

1. Plug in your iron and turn it up to the hottest temperature.

2. Spread open a piece of newspaper or brown paper a sprinkle a reasonable amount of salt on it.

3. Iron the salted newspaper in a circular motion until the sole plate is clean.

I particularly like this hack because I love the sound the friction between the iron and the salt gives.

It appeals to my playful side.


How To Clean An Iron With Vinegar

Vinegar is a literal life saver.

It is one of the most universal and readily available hack ingredients.

“What vinegar cannot do, doesn’t exist” LOL

Vinegar can clean both the iron’s sole plate and the iron steam vents.

To clean the steam vents:

1. First, create a mixture of water and vinegar, containing equal amounts of water and vinegar.

2. Fill up the iron’s water tank or reservoir with this mixture.

3. Switch on the iron and steam it on moderate heat. Allow it to steam for 5 minutes.

The dirt or residue in the steam vents along with the water and vinegar will come out.

To clean the iron sole plate using vinegar, 

Make a mixture of water and vinegar, also with equal amount of water and vinegar.

Soak a towel in the mixture, squeeze and wipe the iron sole plate gently with the soaked towel.

This hack is only effective if the burns are not so severe.


How To Clean An Iron Using Ice

Plastic and rubber are easily melted by heat.

When such material is exposed to your iron, they readily melt and stick to the iron plate.

The best way to remove such dirt from your iron is to use ice cubes.

You’re probably wondering if the ice cubes are going to freeze the melted plastic to death.

Well, something like that, but not exactly.  

Fill up a bowl with a reasonable amount of ice cubes.

Then place the iron plate directly on top of the ice cubes.

This is to harden the melted plastic or rubber. Leave for about 5 minutes. 

Be sure to unplug your iron before doing so.

You know that fancy plastic knife that comes with a new fridge or freezer?

Use it to scrape off the hardened residue of plastic/rubber. And wipe gently with a damp rag.

This hack is not really applicable for iron sole plates with burnt fabric because the fabric does not readily come off like the plastic/rubber.


How To Clean An Iron Plate With Spirit or Nail Polish Remover

You’ll need some cotton wool and a small amount of spirit or nail polish remover.

Plug in your iron and turn it up to low heat. Wait a few seconds for it to get hot.

Soak the cotton wool in the spirit or nail polish remover.

Then gently use the cotton wool to clean the surface of the iron sole plate and then watch as the entire unwanted residue dissolve.

Be sure to protect your hands with gloves (preferably leather) because of the heat from the iron.

Also, ensure that you do it outside because of the unhealthy chemical fumes or gases released.


How To Clean An Iron Steam Vents with a Cotton Swab/Cotton Bud

On the iron sole plate, there are holes of different sizes. These holes lead to the steam vents.

These steam vents are located on the inside of an iron.

Tiny pieces of burnt fabric, plastic or even dust could be caught up in these holes and thus block the steam vents.

A cotton swab/cotton bud is a perfect tool for cleaning the steam holes.

Soak the cotton bud in vinegar and clean the steam holes gently but firmly.


How To Clean a burnt Iron With Sandpaper

Sand paper is a strong paper coated with sand or any other abrasive material.

For this hack, I recommend using very soft sand paper so as not to scratch the surface of the iron sole plate.

First, unplug your iron and let it cool.

Then, use a small sheet of soft sandpaper gently to polish the surface of the iron plate until it appears smooth.

How to Clean an Iron Plate Using a Freezer

Weird, right?

A freezer?

Yeah! A freezer.

After unplugging your iron and allowing it to cool, gently place the iron inside the freezer.

Leave it in there for about 5-10minutes.

Then bring it out. You’ll notice that the residue (either burnt fabric or plastic) is very hard.

So now, you can easily scrape it off with a plastic knife.

How to Clean an Iron with Sand

You’ll need a reasonable amount of fine sand.

Make sure you pick out all the pieces of stone so as not to scratch the iron plate.

Make a very thick paste with the sand and water.

Smear this paste all over the iron sole plate and scrub gently in a circular motion for about 2 minutes.

Use a damp cloth/towel to clean the sand paste off.

How to Clean a Sticky Iron with Lemon

Get a piece of lemon and cut it into two equal parts.

Use the lemon like a sponge to scrub the surface of the iron’s sole plate.

The acidic property of the lemon, will enable it to dissolve the unwanted residue.     

How to Prevent Future Burn Marks on The Iron Sole Plate

1. Clean the iron sole plate regularly, regardless of burn marks.

2. Invest in a non-stick sole plated iron.

3. Use the right amount of heat suitable for the material being ironed.

4. While ironing, concentrate on the task at hand and avoid being distracted so you don’t burn your garment and get a scorched iron.   


The next time you have a sticky iron sole plate, or an iron with burnt fabric, you don’t need to get a new one, or spend an exorbitant amount of money to purchase some fancy cleaning products.

Just try one of these brilliant iron cleaning hacks to clean the gunk off your iron and your iron will be as good as new in no time.

Let me know in the comment section if you plan to try out any of these hacks.

Also check out how to clean your scissors and keep it healthy.

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