How to Clean Your Scorched Iron


  • Read the owner’s manual that came with your iron carefully. The owner’s manual may have specific instructions on how to clean the iron without damaging it.

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How do you descale an iron with lemon juice?

Just soak a soft cloth with some lemon juice. Then rub the burnt surface until the black marks disappear. You can get similar results when ironing a fluffy towel soaked with lemon juice.


Can you use apple cider vinegar to clean an iron?

Take a damp cloth, soak it in diluted white or applecider vinegar and wipe the bottom surface of the cool iron. Do this only while the iron is unplugged. This should remove the buildup, but it may take several tries. You also can use a plastic scrubbie.

How to Get Rid of Scorch Marks

Tip #4: Just a quick note to thank you for saving my life! Well, not really, but I was SO upset when I scorched one of my honey’s favorite shirts today.

I went to Martha Stewart’s site, thinking she would have a way to fix it, but no luck at all – when you look up “scorch” you are directed to plants being scorched by the sun! So I googled “repair scorch” and you popped up!

Your fix recommendation was perfect! Now I’m using the same technique to see if it will lift collar discoloration! You are a terrific resource! Thank you!…Debi

Tip #5: I tried the tip with hydrogen peroxide and it worked beautifully! I had a brand new white jean skirt that I laid next to a hot iron…(didn’t realize they were touching).

I found I had a long scorch mark near waist and figured I would be out the $$ to buy a new one. I had to do the technique about 5 times, but the stain is gone! What a God-send your tip was!…Pam

Tip #6: Your tip of placing the scorched clothing into icy water worked! I scorched my white cotton/spandex blouse.

Since the fabric also had spandex with the cotton I chose not to use the hydrogen peroxide on it. The scorch (wasn’t too big but visible) was gone after an hour in the ice water…Elizabeth

Tip #7: I just tried this tip on some polyester I did hand embroidery on. While trying to iron out the residual ink from the transfer I inadvertently scorched the embroidery floss.

This tip saved the fabric that will be used to create a heirloom pillow. Thanks so much for sharing…Cindy

Tips for Iron Maintenance

Your iron should last a really long time, but this is only possible if you take good care of it. Here are some tips to properly keep your iron in tip-top condition.

  • Use distilled water when possible. It is free from minerals that can cause limescale build-up in your iron.
  • Empty the water reservoir after each use of your iron. This also helps prevent limescale build-up.
  • Always let the iron cool down completely before putting it away. Wipe down the soleplate every time with a microfiber cloth. This helps to remove residue and dirt that might have transferred from your clothes.
  • Clean your iron frequently. It’s easy to clean an iron, so there’s no reason why you shouldn’t do this regularly.
  • Clean out those steam holes. Steam holes can get clogged up quite easily and ruin the function of your iron. Clean them out with a cotton swab every time you clean your soleplate.

Why is my heat press turning shirts yellow?

Transfer paper will become yellow due to incorrect application during the ironing stage. … Therefore enough heat is essential to release the design and get it to melt into the fabric, but too much can burn this layer causing it to appear yellow or other forms of discolouration.

How do you clean a burnt iron with toothpaste?

Smear a small amount of white toothpaste on any affected areas of your iron soleplate. Leave it for a minute then use a clean cloth to wipe the toothpaste away. To finish things off, fill up your iron’s water tank, pop your iron on an old towel or similar, set it to steam, leaving it for a few minutes to work through.

How to clean a scorched iron plate

Newspaper is all you need.
Newspaper is all you need.

This is where things become slightly more complicated. A scorched iron plate can be tricky to clean, but the worst thing you can do is put it off. Scorched marks will pull on the fabric, and the mess could even end up melting onto your clothes. Tackle this problem ASAP using the appropriate solution below to get your iron clean again in no time.

If you act fast, removing the scorched fabric could be extremely easy. Turn it off, and allow to completely cool. Then use a credit or store card to get underneath the scorched fabric and lift it off.

If you failed to notice the scorched fabric until it has become firmly attached to the iron plate, removal will be more difficult. If the mess is sticky, the best solution is to try and remove it using newspaper.

For this method, the iron needs to be hot so take care.

  1. Heat the iron up until the scorched marks become sticky, ensuring the steam is turned completely.
  2. Then, iron over your newspaper, moving the iron to a clean section each time stickiness is transferred.
  3. Alternatively, you can choose to rub scrunched newspaper directly over the iron. Be extremely careful when doing this – the last thing you want is a burn as well as a dirty iron! The sharp edges of the paper will help to scrub the iron plate clean.

If your iron is scorched to the point where the marks have become almost a part of the plate itself, you need something even stronger. Hacked life has an amazing video that uses toothpaste, baking soda and vinegar to remove even the toughest marks from your iron.

Can I use white vinegar to descale my iron?

Deep clean your iron

Alternatively, pour equal parts white vinegar and water into the water reservoir until it’s a third full. Then, fill the chamber with fresh water and turn the iron on again to flush through traces of mineral deposits and vinegar. Wipe the base of the iron and steam vents with a paper towel.

Steps For Cleaning a Scorched Iron

Removing scorch marks on the soleplate of the iron is very easy. Set your stove on low-heat. Put the pan on top of it and then pour in equal amounts of salt and vinegar. Heat them continuously until they turn into a paste. Use this simple mixture by rubbing it right onto the soleplate. Of course, make sure that the iron is unplugged before cleaning it. After rubbing the mixture, get a nice, clean cloth and then, wipe the unsightly scorch marks off your iron.

Clean your iron with acetaminophen (really)

One weird but effective method for cleaning iron scorch marks is to scrape them with an acetaminophen (Tylenol) tablet. You want the iron to be hot but unplugged, so heat it up if the burn is old. Then take the pill and gently rub it over the scorched area, taking care not to burn your fingers. You could even wear an oven mitt or glove for extra protection. Then take a damp cloth and wipe the area down. Repeat until the burn is gone.

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If ironing caused burns or scorch marks on your clothing or carpet, you’ll need to clean the iron before using it again. Remove any melted fibers from the soleplate of your iron once it’s completely cooled down. Use a spatula to scrape off the fabric, tweezers to remove fibers, or a mix of vinegar and water to eliminate remnants. Don’t use an iron until the soleplate is cleaned or it can ruin another piece of clothing.

The Best Way to Keep Your Iron Clean

Simple methods will help prevent residue from sticking to the soleplate. Using these tried-and-true iron-cleaning methods will keep your iron looking new and your clothes looking their best. 

1. Know Which Fabrics Can Be Ironed

Some types of fabric can’t handle high heat while

Some types of fabric can’t handle high heat while others shouldn’t use steam. Read each clothing tag to see whether there are specific ironing instructions. When in doubt – or when ironing a garment made of multiple fabrics – start with the lowest setting and test an interior seam. 

2. Create a Barrier 

Use a clean press cloth/thin cotton towel every time you iron. It will act as an effective barrier between your iron’s soleplate and prevent gunk being caused by synthetic fabrics.

3. Only Use Distilled Water

If your area has hard water, distilled water will

If your area has hard water, distilled water will help maintain your iron’s steam function and decrease mineral buildup along the soleplate.

Pro Tip: If you only iron occasionally, dump the water out to prevent mildew growth.

4. Wipe It Down 

After every use, wipe your cooled soleplate with a damp microfiber cloth – especially if you’re using starch.

How to Get Iron Burn Out of Shirt

Tip #20: I had a turquoise all cotton camp shirt top that I found had a yellow mark near a button hole. It looked like an iron mark even though I did not recall causing it when I ironed the shirt or even seeing it before.

However I do have to iron this shirt each time it is washed and the shape of the yellow mark looked just like the point of an iron.

I tried the hint I found on this website of taking a piece of fabric soaked in hydrogen peroxide and then using it as an ironing cloth with a hot (but not TOO hot) iron or the stained area.

I had to do this several times and each time I tried it the scorch mark visibly lightened! It did not come completely out but has faded such a great deal that I will be able to wear that top again thanks to this great tip!

Tip #21: AWESOME TIP. As a screen printer scorch marks are common on very light cotton garments when using water base ink systems. We took the shirts laid them in an ice cold bath and it worked perfect!! THANK YOU…Matt

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Why Do I Need to Clean My Iron?

This residue doesn’t just make your iron less effective: It can lead to nasty smells, snagged materials, uneven steam production, and burn marks that stain clothes. Most worryingly, residue-covered irons can lead to fires. 

How to clean your iron’s water reservoir

In order to solve most issues, you must get to the root of the problem. The same is true for your iron. Often the cause of reduced steam is due to a dirty or limescaled reservoir.

If you live in a hard water area, it’s likely you experience this problem a lot. Luckily, it’s easily remedied using just two ingredients: distilled water and distilled white vinegar.

Ensure your iron has completely cooled before filling with vinegar. Turn the heat up to maximum, and place on your ironing board. Amp the steam to the maximum and let the iron steam for 5-10 minutes or until all the vinegar has evaporated.

Next, fill the iron with distilled water. Turn up the heat to max, and, whilst holding the iron facing downwards, press the steam button intermittently. This will clear out any remaining residue from inside. When cooled, empty the reservoir and wipe the iron plate with a clean cloth before storing.

Other methods for cleaning your iron

If you don’t have any Tylenol handy, there are a few other options for tackling iron scorch marks:

  • Baking soda: A paste of baking soda and water (2:1 ratio) can be effective for cleaning your iron plate. However, you want to avoid getting any baking soda in the iron steam holes. Lime juice and vinegar can sub in for water.
  • Vinegar or hydrogen peroxide: Soak a cloth in vinegar or hydrogen peroxide and place your iron on it, face down. Leave it for at least a half hour and then wipe the plate off.
  • Nail polish remover: Soak a cotton ball in acetone polish remover and carefully rub it over the plate while it’s warm.
  • Laundry detergent or dish soap: Combine warm water and soap and apply to the iron plate. Wipe clean and dry.
  • Wax: Heat your iron, then unplug it and rub a wax candle over the scorched area. Use it to iron a damp, clean cloth, which will remove any residue.




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