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Thread: I was using spray starch...how do I clean the iron???

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    Super Member Tink's Mom's Avatar
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    Well, I had to iron the bathroom and kitchen curtains before putting them back up...used my spray starch and forgot to clean it before turning it off...
    Now I have a nasty buildup on the bottom of the iron and I really need to use it on the wedding dress I'm trying to finish in time.
    Please...someone tell me what to use...my brain won't work.

    I considered vinegar, but with all that is going on....will wait till someone tells me yes or no...

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    I've had good luck just ironing over a wet towel.

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    Have you tried to heat it up and iron a paper grocery bag?

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilt1950
    I've had good luck just ironing over a wet towel.

    yup. damp towel here, too.

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    Did a search and found this and it came up several times as a way to clean it.
    http://www.ehow.com/how_18787_clean-starch-residue.html

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    A used fabric softner sheet works well. Warm the iron and rub over the sheet. Be sure to let startch soak into the fabric for a minute or two befor you iron. This will reduce the buildup on your iron.
    peace

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    Cool your iron and use a magic eraser! That will clean off just about anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by athomenow
    Cool your iron and use a magic eraser! That will clean off just about anything.
    I just read that this works well on starch. I use them for most everything they're great

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    i use wax paper, iron over it alot, crumble it and iron more.

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    Thank you, everyone...I will start with the cleaning sponge...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sherian
    i use wax paper, iron over it alot, crumble it and iron more.
    I am 70 and I remember my mother doing this to her iron. I have also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sherian
    i use wax paper, iron over it alot, crumble it and iron more.
    that is what I do

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    I use the magic eraser too. It works like...well, like magic. Nothing else does the job as well.

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    Magic eraser has my vote!

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    Quote Originally Posted by athomenow
    Cool your iron and use a magic eraser! That will clean off just about anything.
    Agree...it works great :thumbup:

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    WOW - thanks for this tip! My DH said we should buy stock in this business as I LOVE these things. Now I have a new use.

    Quote Originally Posted by athomenow
    Cool your iron and use a magic eraser! That will clean off just about anything.

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    I also use the Magic Eraser but I also bought the dry iron from HD. I love that iron. No holes to clean out and if I need steam I just use a spray bottle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sherian
    i use wax paper, iron over it alot, crumble it and iron more.
    I use wax paper too - fold a large sheet in half a few times so it's 4 or 8 layers thick. Iron over the wax paper several times, then wipe iron on a bath towel. Will probably need to be repeated a few times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by athomenow
    Cool your iron and use a magic eraser! That will clean off just about anything.
    Ditto on the Magic Eraser--it really does work like MAGIC!

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    I use iron off. I just did it yesterday. Works great.

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    I use the stuff you clean glass top stoves with. Use it on a cold iron. I think I read this somewhere on here and it works great.

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    I was at a quilting class, and dropped my iron onto indoor/outdoor carpet. I picked it up quickly, so the carpet did not have noticeable marks, but my iron was a MESS! The class was being held at a community activity center, and there was a kitchen stocked with basics only. I found some wax paper and some salt, and spread the salt on the wax paper, went over it with my heated iron, and the entire class was amazed at how clean it came out. I wouldn't have believed it myself if I hadn't seen it!

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    On Create-TV yesterday, Fons and Porter said to use the oven wipes that you can buy in the grocery store to clean the bottom of a gunky iron. Thought I would check the grocery store when I go shopping this week.

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    What kind of sole plate do you have on your iron? Different kinds work best with different methods. On my teflon plated iron a damp cloth while iron is turned off but still warm is all that is needed.

    For the titanium plated iron, I keep a new fabric softener sheet on the very end of the ironing board and run the iron over it to clean it periodically. It takes off starch, fusible bits, etc.

    For stainless steel plated irons, I love those magic erasers and then wipe off with damp cloth.

    Wax paper works for all of them, but I am spoiled and just keep the fabric softener sheet by the iron all the time. No bending over to go to a cupboard! LOL

    Good luck!

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    A lady at Hancocks told me to use a Mr. Clean Magic Sponge. Oh my goodness it WORKS GREAT! I even bought an iron at Goodwill that was like new but the bottom was nasty with some kind of burnt mess on it and I cleaned it with the sponge and it wiped right off. I use those sponges for everything. Good luck!!!!

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