Sewing 101: How to Clean Your Iron

Good morning! Do you get nasty brown gunk on the bottom of your iron? Worried it might come off and stain your fabric? Before you toss out that old iron and buy a new one, I wanted to share a quick and easy method for cleaning your iron and making it look new again!



You will need:

Watch my video on How to Clean Your Iron here!


To clean the iron face:

  • Wet a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and rub it on your iron face to remove tough brown stains.

To clean the iron steam holes:

  • Pour a mixture of 1/2 water and 1/2 white vinegar into your iron water reservoir and press your steam button to clean out the steam holes. Continue steaming the old towel until the steam holes are cleaned out.

And that’s it! Super easy and it only take about 5 minutes to get your iron cleaned up and looking like new!

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  • Beth Adams September 15, 2016 at 3:59 am

    My sister told me that if I use distilled water in my iron instead of tap water that the build-up won’t form in the first place. I have been doing that for about six months now and so far, so good! No brown yucky stuff!

    • erica September 15, 2016 at 10:22 am

      Great suggestion, Thanks!

  • Annmarie September 17, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    Thank you great tip

  • Janet September 20, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    LOL! I do have brown gunk on my iron. I have ironed brown stains onto fabric – of course, only my favorite blouses. I had given up ironing as being too hazardous to my wardrobe. I guess I\’ll have to try this cleaning method instead.

  • Debra September 30, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    How do you clean your iron if is no-sick tryed the stuff at the store and it dosn’t work thank you.

    • erica October 3, 2016 at 12:03 pm

      Hi Debra,
      I’m sorry I don’t have a non-stick iron face because I prefer the steel face. I would just do an internet search to find the best way to clean it. Have you tried the Mr. Clean on it? I would just be careful not to use something that would take off the non-stick surface.


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