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Simple Tips on How to Clean Your Iron

The iron is one of our favorite home appliances and yet it’s often neglected when it comes to cleaning and maintenance. Over time, the bottom of the iron starts to get dark and sticky. This may be caused by frequent use of spray starch or cloth getting burnt. If not cleaned, the iron may ruin your clothes when you iron them.  Here are a few tricks for cleaning a burnt or dark iron bottom. All methods listed below involve pre-heating the iron and cleaning while it is hot. Be sure to protect your hands with rubber gloves to avoid being burnt.

  1. Toothpaste: Toothpaste can be used to clean a burnt iron, even if the crust on the iron bottom has hardened.Procedure:
  • Heat your iron; use an old toothbrush to apply the toothpaste to the bottom of the iron while it is still hot and unplugged from the power source.
  • Use an old towel or a really thick material that is no longer in use to wipe the tooth paste off the iron.
  • Repeat the process until all dirt is gone from the iron.
  1. Paracetamol tablet: Yes, paracetamol tablet can be used to clean a burnt iron.Procedure:
  • Heat your iron till it’s hot. Ensure the iron is unplugged from the power source.
  • Gently rub a piece of paracetamol tablet all over the burnt area.
  • Wipe the bottom of the iron clean with a damp cloth. You may repeat as many times as it takes to clean the burnt area.
  1. Candle wax: Candle wax draws out tough stains and leaves the bottom of your iron looking brand new.Procedure:
  • Heat the iron to a bearable temperature.
  • Rub a candlestick against the burnt part.
  • Wipe off the candle with a damp cloth.

 

What are some techniques you use to clean your iron? Share them with us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #ObaasemaLiving

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ohui A Kwao is Head of Communications at Jumia Classifieds and Social Media Manager at ICGC Yahweh Temple. She is an aspiring public speaker, personal branding, and communications coach. In her spare time, she likes to read and watch tv shows

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