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How to clean your iron in 2014

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.

How to clean your iron with baking soda and vinegar

Step 1:

Get a glass or ceramic baking pan. I used the 9 x 13″.

Step 2:

Lay a rag or a layered paper towel in the pan.

Step 3:

Pour enough vinegar in to wet the towel.

Step 4:

Sprinkle baking soda on the towel.

Step 5:

Place the cold iron (in the off position) on the towel

Let it sit for a few minutes.

Step 6:

“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.

Step 7:

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!

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