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Thread: Cleaning your Iron

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    Long time ago I read about salt to clean iron. Dump a spoonful of salt on a paper grocery bag. Rub HOT iron over the salt until the goo comes off. Then I turn off the clean iron and while it is still hot/warm rub it over a piece of waxed paper. Ancient remedies, but they work.
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    dryer sheet. Takes it right off. Put your iron on a little bit more than luke warm. Iron across the dryer sheet, and the goop will come right off.

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    Hadn't seen the magic eraser before, but definitely will pick some of those up!
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    Quote Originally Posted by peacebypiece View Post
    Long time ago I read about salt to clean iron. Dump a spoonful of salt on a paper grocery bag. Rub HOT iron over the salt until the goo comes off. Then I turn off the clean iron and while it is still hot/warm rub it over a piece of waxed paper. Ancient remedies, but they work.
    This is how my mom used to clean her iron. I tried it for some sticky glue and it didn't work for me.
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    I use 'IRON CLEAN' by Bo-Nash. Their website is: www.bonash.com. Hope this helps. It's wonderful!!
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    I have used Goo B Gone to take off the sticky stuff. It works with a little elbow grease and I was impressed that it left no sticky residue at all. My iron was warm when I did this, but I think it would work on a cool iron. After everything was off, I cleaned the iron plate with warm water and a paper towel. And I ironed on some scrap fabric just in case. Nothing showed up on the fabric after the ironing. Oh, I did try the old salt on a paperbag trick. Didn't work. Just glued salt to the sticky stuff on the iron! LOL! But the Goo B Gone took that off too!
    Luv Quilts and Cats
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    I read your question just in time. I got some sticky interfacing on my iron yesterday and used a fabric softener sheet and it worked great!

    I get so many great ideas from this board. Thanks to everyone for asking questions and to those that post answers.

    Connie

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    If I get starch buildup, I just iron an old wet towel until it's shiny. Quick and easy.

    Anything tougher, I use the commercial iron cleaners (don't know exact name). The toothpaste stuff you place on an old towel and iron.

    Use a pressing sheet when ironing anything that MAY melt if touched by an iron.

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    I use the Hot Iron cleaner you buy at Jo'Ann's . It in a tube found on the notions wall. I used the salt , the dryer sheets and nothing seemed to work till I used the Hot Iron cleaner.

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    LOVE Magic Eraser! Made cleaning my gunky iron a piece of cake.

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