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Ironing is not one of my favourite hobbies, and I use my iron for many other things so it gets mucky and lime scale build up in it because I'm really bad and use tap water in it.
My grossly neglected iron. Shame on me.
I smeared it with the pulp from my home made cleaning detergent. This picture is taken in my hobby room, so sorry about the mess.
I let it sit for 2 hours and then used a scouring sponge. Everything came off easily
To get rid of the lime scale I poured a mix of equal amount of distilled water and plain white vinegar. I let it sit for 1/2 hour without power on just to clean the tank. Then let it steam for 5 mins.
To get the vinegar/water out I rinsed It with distilled water, just by pouring it into the iron and then.........➡
Pouring it out again. I did this twice just to be sure no vinegar was left. So now my iron actually steams again and is muck free. This home made detergent keeps impressing me.
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Dear Iwona thank you for your great tips.
The vinegar trick is great I use it all the time ! But for any burnt or melted nasty stuff I take a pice of aluminum foil roll it up into a soft ball than take my iron on the hottest setting with steam off and iron my ball of aluminum foil lol it works in seconds your iron will look like new! All I know that there is a chemical reaction between the two metals the heat and friction but I don't care lol works like charm it's great to remove rust stains from metal and polishing old shiny pots to like new condition ( for scrubbing by hand use gloves cuz there will be a black mess all over ur hands)
Dear christina If your iron is a steam iron and you are using tap water, then it might help to do as I did, fill your iron with equal amount of water and vinegar. Place it facing down and let it steam for 5 mins. I used an old towel. Then rinse it with cold boiled water. And use cold boiled water from now on😄 hope it helps
Sometimes calcium builds up and there is white powder on my iron, so when I go to iron there is powder on my clothes.
Thanks for this guide then! I'll have to try this out! Thanks again for your help!
I think it is. I ironed some fabric on too high heat and it melted on to my iron
Is that what happened to yours?
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