3. Waxy Substances
Another common problem is that the residue on your iron may be wax-like. If this is the case, then a simple cleaning trick is to place the iron on the highest setting and run it across newspaper. The residue will soon disappear and you can continue to clean the iron as described below.
4. Simple Iron Cleaning
Once you have gotten rid of the main residue, you will be ready to properly clean the iron. Vinegar mixed with baking soda will do the trick. Simply pour some onto a clean cloth and wipe down the surface of the iron. If you notice that there is a build-up in the vents, then raid your children’s craft drawer for a pipe cleaner or cotton swab. Use this to get into the holes and get rid of the residue. Avoid using a harsher tool, such as a knife or scissors to try and clean the holes as it can scratch the surface of the iron making it less effective in the future.
You may also want to clean the reservoir of your iron which can easily be done by adding one part vinegar to water. Turn the iron on and allow the mixture to steam for about four minutes. Drain the iron for about an hour. Repeat the process with just clean water, including draining the water out again before you iron any clothes to ensure that the vinegar is gone.
These simple tricks will keep your iron working much better and lasting much longer!