How to clean a dirty, rusty iron.
Has your home’s iron seen better days. Is the sole plate covered in dirt and the water reservoir filled with rust. Before you throw it out, you should consider cleaning it. You might just be able to restore your iron to a like new condition. With irons these days costing up to $100 or more, this can save you a great deal of money.
To get started, you will need just a few things. You will need baking soda, vinegar, distilled water and a rag.
First, lets tackle the sole plate. Make a mixture of baking soda and water using equal parts of both. Now take a rag and use the mixture to clean off the sole plate, scrubbing away dirt and impurities. When you are finished, remove any residue from the sole plate with a clean towel soaked in water.
Next, it is time to clean out the water reservoir. Make a solution of distilled water and vinegar, using equal solutions of each. Fill the reservoir with the solution and turn the iron on to the lowest steam setting. Iron an old towel with the iron on the steam solution for around five minutes and then empty the reservoir.
You should now have an ion that is in much better condition and that is ready to give you a few more years of service. If the above steps fail to restore your iron, chances are it has seen its last pair of dress slacks and it should be replaced.