An electric iron over time is going to get sticky and dirty, especially if you use a lot of spray starch and other treatments on your clothes. Fortunately, most of these hand-held appliances are manufactured with a non-stick ironing surface, so cleaning only takes a few minutes. Follow these steps and you’ll be finished with the chore of cleaning an iron in less time than it will take to finish the chore of ironing clothes.
Fill the iron's steam receptacle with white vinegar or CLR, a product used to clean coffee pots. CLR is available in department stores.
Plug in and set the iron to its steam setting.
Operate as usual. When the vinegar or CLR begins to steam, operate the iron as you would normally. Press it over an old, clean towel as the vinegar or CLR loosens sediment and dirt from the appliance.
Continue ironing until all of the cleaning solution has steamed out. Repeat the cleaning process if necessary until the iron no longer oozes discolored liquid and the ironing surface is clean.
Fill the iron steamer receptacle with distilled water and set the appliance to steam.
Continue steaming until the smell of vinegar or CLR is gone.
Prevent future mineral buildup by using distilled water for steam in your iron, rather than tap water.
Use Magic Erase sponges or a similar cleaning product to remove burnt-on debris and stains from the ironing surface. Steaming and ironing with vinegar will also help clean the surface.