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    I was doing fusible applique and did I use fabric in between my iron and the fusible pieces? Oh heck no, cuz I've never had a problem and what could happen anyway?! Well, it happened. I've got that fusible gunk all over the sole of my iron. How the heck did that happen? But now -- how do I get it off?

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    there are lots of ideas for getting the last few bits off, but for the initial cleaning, warm the iron and run it over a brown paper bag..the rougher the bag the better..the texture of the paper bag helps pull off a lot of the gunk. Just make sure that you move to a clean part of the bag for each swipe of the iron. I've also been successful at using rough toweling rags to wipe across the iron when it's warm...but neither of these takes off all the gunk. Good luck.

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    You are not a lone. Sorry I can't help you but I have done the same thing and worse. I had to buy a new iron. Also, I fused an entire sheet to the top of my ironing board. LOL
    Good luck. Rumbols

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    I just heard you could rub your warm iron over one of those Mr Clean Magic Eraser! I also have rubbed the bottom of my iron with scrunched up tin foil! Maybe some of this will help.

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    las time i did that, i put the iron into the oven and turned up to 500 whcih i don't recoment to you. if i do it agin, an i will, i aim to go at it with a blow tortch

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweatnesNlite
    las time i did that, i put the iron into the oven and turned up to 500 whcih i don't recoment to you. if i do it agin, an i will, i aim to go at it with a blow tortch
    LOL

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    Ok, well the paper bag idea didn't really do much, but while the iron was warm, I grabbed an old washcloth rag and rubbed the sole really hard. Took it all off!! Yay!!! Ok, ok, I've learned my lesson :oops:

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    They sell a product called Iron -OFF at Jo ann's it will clean up the fusible. Ask me how I know :wink:
    I keep a tube close to my ironing board.

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    THANKS for all the help AND laughs!

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    I did the same thing. I also read about a great way to clean it off right here onthe QB. Wipe your hot iron with a used dryer sheet. worked wonders and came right off.

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    I have used the fabric softener sheets that you put in the dryer to get it off. I believe they are Bounty or something like that.

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    next time, remember to use a teflon pressing sheet between your iron that project!

    BUT if you do get sticky on it, the brown paper bag and SALT would have worked!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Suzan Larrimore
    I did the same thing. I also read about a great way to clean it off right here onthe QB. Wipe your hot iron with a used dryer sheet. worked wonders and came right off.
    Cool!

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    I had such a mess on my iron one time I used my 50% coupon at JoAnns and got the Rowenta Iron Cleaning kit. It was worth the money. Comes with a tube of cleaner and a couple of cloths for using it, and polishing up the sole plate. Took it right off.

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    I broke down and bought a product from my LQS for occasions such as yours. It's called iron-off and is a Dritz product in a 1 oz tube. I paid $5.99 for it, but shall be on the look out for it at Joanne's or the dollar store. It works great....saw it action at my quilt class, so I was sold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcclish72
    I have used the fabric softener sheets that you put in the dryer to get it off. I believe they are Bounty or something like that.
    I have used a fabric softener sheet before and it worked wonderfully and is alot less expensive than the iron-off sheets. Plus I normally have them on hand.

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    Mr Clean works great.

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    [quote=candlequilter.I have used a fabric softener sheet before and it worked wonderfully and is alot less expensive than the iron-off sheets. Plus I normally have them on hand.
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    I use the dryer sheets, as well. I think the expensive iron-off sheets are actually used dryer sheets. They seem almost the same.

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    I keep a Scotch Brite Heavy Green Scouring Pad near my iron and whenever I get overzealous and get adhesive on my iron I just run my hot iron across it a couple of times giving one little burst of steam and the goop comes off. It hasn't scratched the plate either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyn
    I just heard you could rub your warm iron over one of those Mr Clean Magic Eraser! I also have rubbed the bottom of my iron with scrunched up tin foil! Maybe some of this will help.
    I use this all the time to clean my iron, works great just put a towel or some throw away frabic under the eraser and run your iron over the eraser. I do this when the is iron warm. I use a spray bottle with water to wet the eraser.

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    I've done it several times...I just heat to hotest point and then just take a wad of old fabric and rub it right off.

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    I have hubby save me used dryer sheets just for this purpose. Learned that trick when youngest son wanted to be Buzz Lightyear for halloween about 8 years ago or so... and got wonderunder all over the place... used dryer sheets cleaned it right up, recycle-repurpose-reuse! :)

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    I use goo-gone

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    When my iron got gunky the Magic Eraser was the only thing that worked, and it worked really fast with little effort on my part.

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    I got that mess on my shiny iron and my husband cleaned it for me. Took him almost an hour with a lot of scraping and goof off and finally some buffing compound. I was told to NOT do that again.

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