Tips on how to Clear an Iron With White Vinegar and Baking Soda.


I have a dirty little secret, a secret that I keep well hidden in my laundry room.

It’s something I don’t use often…so it doesn’t bother me too much.

But recently, I had to realize…

This dirty thing is my iron. His condition is purely and simply deplorable!

It’s been a little over 5 years since we bought it and I only use it once a month, at most.

The only times I take it out of hiding is to iron my husband’s suits and for my homemade decoration projects, like this bag that turns into a beach towel…

Really, I don’t understand how the soleplate of my iron got so dirty.

It must be this iron-on fabric that I use for my sewing projects which damages it.

The problem is, the other day, I needed to use my iron to iron a large tablecloth… and sure enough, that tablecloth was white.

Impossible to iron my beautiful white tablecloth with a dirty iron!

That’s when I remembered the trick to cleaning irons with salt.

I tried this technique, but to clean an iron as dirty as mine, it was not enough.

Moreover, it is so dirty that even its dirt is clogged… I let you judge for yourself! yuck!

How do you remove dirt from an iron soleplate?

That’s when I remembered a trick that had worked really well for cleaning my silver jewelry: white vinegar and baking soda.

So I said to myself: why not try these 2 miracle products on iron?

How to do

1. To start, I just soaked a paper towel with white vinegar and rubbed the soleplate of the iron well.

And, surprise surprise, the grime started to come off! I’m sure the white vinegar method would have been enough if my iron wasn’t in such a pitiful state.

So if you want to clean an iron that is only “half-dirty”, rubbing the soleplate with a little white vinegar should do the trick! 🙂

Rub the soleplate of your iron with a paper towel soaked in white vinegar.

…but if your iron is in the same condition as mine, you’ll have to take it to the next level.

2. Soak a paper towel with white vinegar then place the soleplate of the iron on the paper. Leave to rest for a good 5 minutes.

Let the soleplate of your iron rest on a paper towel soaked in white vinegar.

3. Start rubbing the sole again with the vinegar-soaked paper towel. You will see that even more dirt will come off.

White vinegar is effective for cleaning iron soleplates that aren't too dirty.

But… if your iron is as dirty as mine, you’ll need a little something extra to clean it thoroughly: baking soda!

4. Sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda on the vinegar-soaked paper towel.

Place and rub the soleplate on the paper towel, as if you were ironing it – but WITHOUT plugging in your iron, of course.

All deposits and dirt will come off the sole. It’s really amazing… and a little disgusting too 🙂

It works because baking soda is a mild abrasive who has the power to scrub even the most stubborn dirt.

Baking soda is perfect for removing stubborn dirt from irons.

5. After completely cleaning the soleplate, plug in your iron and put it in steam position.

You will find that the steam will evacuate all the baking soda that is blocking the steam holes in the soleplate.

Wipe a cloth to wipe off this excess baking soda then re-engage the iron device to send steam continuously.

Wipe the soleplate again and continue to put steam, until there is no more baking soda in the steam holes.

Turn on the steam of your iron to evacuate the dirt.

6. For tougher steam holes, use a toothpick to scour the holes and remove bicarbonate deposits.


Lo and behold, baking soda and white vinegar got rid of the dirt from my iron.

There you go, my iron is like new 🙂

If your iron is in as bad a state as mine, you can skip the white vinegar steps and go straight to step 4 for a baking soda cleaning.

FYI, this deep cleaning took me only 5 min.

I never would have believed that baking soda and white vinegar could help me make my poor dirty iron look like new! Brilliant 🙂

Once again, I’m amazed at how effective white vinegar can be in cleaning almost EVERYTHING imaginable — even my ugly iron!

Your turn…

Have you tried this trick to clean your iron? Let us know in the comments if it worked for you. We can’t wait to read you!

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My Tip against Iron Burns on Clothing.

The Tip for Ironing a Shirt Collar WITHOUT an Iron.

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