After spending a solid 35 minutes attempting to get an outfit together for church this past Sunday, I realized that I am wasting WAY too much time and I can streamline the process by having my clothes ready and hanging in my closet for the week. I did a huge closet overhaul and eliminated 100 pieces of clothing from my closet. Yes! 100… exactly. I just marched down to my garage to count in order to give an exact number and it came to 100. That number does not include the 7 pairs of shoes and 5 purses. (go me!)
This led me to realize that a HUGE majority of my summer clothing requires ironing. What?! This fact surprises me every spring. Since I am determined to get my dressing process streamlined, this leads me to having to iron. I’m okay with this since I can do it while watching tv and that now gives me an “excuse” to watch my shows. My husband’s clothes and my summer clothing are the only items we iron. I noticed that the iron could use a cleaning. This led me to remember that we ran out of our iron cleaner. Bummer… since baking soda and vinegar are pretty much the only cleaners we have in the house, I grabbed them and started to get creative. After much trial and error, I now have a new way to clean my iron!
I have a Rowenta DW8080 Pro Master Steam Iron with a stainless steel soleplate. If your iron has an aluminum soleplate, I would not suggest this cleaning method.
Get a glass or ceramic baking pan. I used the 9 x 13″.
Lay a rag or a layered paper towel in the pan.
Pour enough vinegar in to wet the towel.
Sprinkle baking soda on the towel.
Place the cold iron (in the off position) on the towel
Let it sit for a few minutes.
“Iron” the towel
Move the iron back and forth, applying pressure to clean the soleplate. I picked the towel up and scrubbed in certain places and used a Q-Tip for the steam holes.
Once satisfied, wipe off as much baking soda as you can. Turn the iron on to the highest setting (not self clean) and use your vinegar/water household spray to clean out any baking soda left in the steam holes.
You should now have a super shiny iron!