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    Someone told me once to use wax paper to clean my iron. Has anyone heard of this and if so, how is it done?

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    I've never heard that waxed paper can "clean" an iron. I know I use it to make my iron glide better. I just iron a piece of waxed paper when my iron is hot.

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    I've not heard of this, but I've heard of used dryer sheets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MZStitch
    I've never heard that waxed paper can "clean" an iron. I know I use it to make my iron glide better. I just iron a piece of waxed paper when my iron is hot.
    I will have to try that. Thanks

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    I use "Iron off" by Dritz that I purchase at my local Joann's but read the instructions carefully before usning it. Also is you are in a pinch wade up a piece of aluminum foil and rub it over the bottom of your iron. That works fairly well.

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    wax paper is a good way to clean your iron it's an oldie but a goody from before the 50's

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    Quote Originally Posted by memathomas
    wax paper is a good way to clean your iron it's an oldie but a goody from before the 50's
    but how is it done? Can you help with instructions?

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    I've just laid a terry towel on ironing board, put wax paper on top and iron while iron is hot. This does not 'clean' the iron if anything is stuck on it, just glides better. The iron off or an iron cleaning product is used in a similiar fashion. Directions are on container.

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    We used to sprinkle salt on waxed paper and run the hot iron over it. The salt cleaned it and the waxed paper made it slick again. However, that was way before teflon irons (though not "before the 50's"!!).

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    We used this all the time when I was growing up and I still do...when my iron gets sticky and fuzzy, I use the wax paper and get it nice and smooth. Sometimes I use a PLASTIC scrubby on a COLD iron first if it is really messy , then wax it up.

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    My mother used was paper to clean her iron, salt on wax papers if something stuck on iron. I have used Soft Scrub, no bleach, to clean my iron, and glass stove top. Spot
    Scrub has mild abrasives.
    Mom also put old candle or wax cake between terry rag, then ironed over rag with hot iron. This cleaned her iron.

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    It works pretty good if you have some salt on the wax paper, and have a towel ready, then after doing the paper, iron the towel, usually works pretty good.

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    Thank you, all. Helpful info

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    Quote Originally Posted by calicocat
    Someone told me once to use wax paper to clean my iron. Has anyone heard of this and if so, how is it done?
    YES!! You take waxed paper and put salt on it and run your hot iron over it. It works and the wax makes your iron slick. It works super!

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    Thanks Matilda, that is perfect! Appreciate all the help

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    I have been using wax paper on my irons for years. After cleaning the sole plate you run the heated iron over the wax paper to make the iron glide better over fabric.

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    I use a fresh fabric softener sheet (dryer sheet) to clean my iron. I put an old towel on my ironing board, put the dryer sheet on it, and iron away until all the gunk's gone! It's very important to then rub the soleplate of the iron on a towel or piece of cloth to get the fabric softener residue off. I use wax paper too, to make my iron glide better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BRenea
    I use a fresh fabric softener sheet (dryer sheet) to clean my iron. I put an old towel on my ironing board, put the dryer sheet on it, and iron away until all the gunk's gone! It's very important to then rub the soleplate of the iron on a towel or piece of cloth to get the fabric softener residue off. I use wax paper too, to make my iron glide better.
    That is a great idea and one I can do today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by calicocat
    Someone told me once to use wax paper to clean my iron. Has anyone heard of this and if so, how is it done?
    I use the dryer sheet and wax paper. I just iron over the dryer sheet and fold up the wax paper so there is an end and use while the iron is cooling. it needs to be hot but i don't like it too hot.

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    I tried the dryer sheet on my lunch break.....Works great! I am excited. I have plenty of dryer sheets!

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    Be careful of the surface before you try this method. We did it before the coatings they use now.

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    I use a couple of thick paper towels so the waxed coating doesn't build up on the ironing board cover (I learned the hard way that it can scorch if you just let it build up.) Put a four square folded sheet of waxed paper on it. Heat dry iron, run iron over the waxed paper, turning over to use both sides of the waxed paper --you will end up with a stiff piece of waxed paper and an iron that is ready to glide. I like this on my stainless steel soleplate. Then every month I clean my soleplate with IRON OFF if I have been using fabric spray of any sort.

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    Had glue from piecing stuck to the iron it was quite a mess, nothing seemed to work then I remembered the salt I heated the iron then rubbed it in the salt which I had put on baking paper on my bread board. rubbed with a circular motion in the salt and after a while the goo started to come off bonded to the salt every so often I gave the Iron a wipe down with damp cloth then repeat the process took about 20mins. word of warning if iron is teflon or non stick coated this process will take the coating off.

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    Just mix a little baking soda and water (to create a thick paste) and rub it on the cold, dry iron. Then wipe it off with a clean rag. Works great.
    Lynn

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandy-lou
    Had glue from piecing stuck to the iron it was quite a mess, nothing seemed to work then I remembered the salt I heated the iron then rubbed it in the salt which I had put on baking paper on my bread board. rubbed with a circular motion in the salt and after a while the goo started to come off bonded to the salt every so often I gave the Iron a wipe down with damp cloth then repeat the process took about 20mins. word of warning if iron is teflon or non stick coated this process will take the coating off.
    Next time, try a used dryer sheet (has to be used, not new) to get fusible adhesive off your soleplate. Works with much less effort and time than salt for that particular problem.

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