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Thread: How to clean gunk from iron?

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    Super Member KSue's Avatar
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    Hello, Can anyone tell me what will clean the gunk off the bottom of my iron - I believe it came from the iron on interfacing I use. Thanks for your help - I know someone from here will know the answer.

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    I use this stuff. http://img.diytrade.com/cdimg/141679...ON_CLEANER.jpg

    However if you google how to clean and iron there are a BUNCH of links that come up with MANY different ways to clean your iron from magic eraser to steel wool! I am sure you can find one that will work for you depending on what you have at home on hand!

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    I just use a wet cloth, and then set the iron on top of it to help steam it off.

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    Sharon Shambers recommended a wet Magic Eraser. You can use it on the iron cold or warm. I tried it and it took the gunk right off my iron.

    I have never been happy with chemical cleaners meant for cleaning irons- I tried two different brands and they still didn't work, but the Magic Eraser did!

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    Magic Eraser works well for me!

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    I bought some stuff at Joann's that was 50 percent off. It was 7.00 after coupon. It worked really well. I through out the box but when you go to the store its right next to the irons.

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    I haven't seen this one....thanks!! I will have to check it out.
    Quote Originally Posted by justwannaquilt
    I use this stuff. http://img.diytrade.com/cdimg/141679...ON_CLEANER.jpg

    However if you google how to clean and iron there are a BUNCH of links that come up with MANY different ways to clean your iron from magic eraser to steel wool! I am sure you can find one that will work for you depending on what you have at home on hand!

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    I have been reading up on this...and many say that The walmart product - faultless iron cleaner - works really well....also for those of you that like to use stuff from the kitchen they say to use wax paper with salt. I think for under 3.00 I will try the faulless iron cleaner from Walmart.

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    wet magic eraser!! Works like a charm! A dry magic eraser will erase pencil marks on a quilt top.

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    I use "Iron off" purchased at Joann's. But you read the directions carefully and use it out side. It set off my somke alarm in the house. But it works

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgardner
    Sharon Shambers recommended a wet Magic Eraser. You can use it on the iron cold or warm. I tried it and it took the gunk right off my iron.

    I have never been happy with chemical cleaners meant for cleaning irons- I tried two different brands and they still didn't work, but the Magic Eraser did!
    Magic erasers are good for so many things. Great for getting sticker residue off as well. I seem to follow my 2 1/2 yr old grandson around the house with one when he visits

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    Magic Erasers work for me.

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    I've tried Magic Eraser, and it only partially worked. My DH cleaned it with Fondue Cleaner and it was like brand new afterwards. It is alot cheaper ($1.99) and available at most grocery stores.

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    I always use the kitchen sink green scrubby. If all of the stuff does not come off, I add Bartender's Cleanser. I have to clarify, however, that this is only on my 'utility' iron. I never use my 'quilting' iron for anything but ironing just fabric or projects with no starch.

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    I tried all the tips like salt, vinegar, etc. The only thing that worked on my iron was the Magic Eraser. I don't use it when the iron's hot, however. (Tried that, didn't like the toasted fingers.)

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    Another recommendation for Magic Eraser! Am learning to applique & cant assure you M.E. cleans off Wonder-Under, stablizer & interfacing :oops:

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    I uses Iron Off....it works really well

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