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Sticky Iron Base? Try These Easy Hacks To Clean Your Iron’s Soleplate

You shouldn’t scrub your iron's soleplate with anything harsh as it can cause scratches. Instead, these products can give you effective results.
  • Rashmeet Kaur
  • Editorial
Published -03 Mar 2022, 11:38 ISTUpdated -03 Mar 2022, 11:55 IST
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Irons make our clothes all the more attractive, don’t you agree? The clean and crisp ironed shirt makes our day. But then, what happens when the iron gets dirty?

A dirty iron can cause innumerable issues that are not easy to fix, especially when you have a pile of clothes to take care of. From burning beautiful fabrics to leaving stains and marks on your clothes, a dirty iron soleplate can do more harm than good. But why does this happen?

Most of the time, when we use an iron over a long period, water can leave behind mineral deposits which can become a house of gunk. Then sometimes, fabrics can also melt or burn, which can further add to an ugly and stubborn mess. 

Now, you must be wondering that how can you clean this dirty iron’s soleplate, right? 

Fortunately, we have got some quick and easy hacks that can restore the bottom of your iron and also, without burning your fingers in the process. Moreover, you don’t need any fancy products for these effective solutions. Isn’t that great?

So, let’s get started. Shall we?

Newspaper And Salt

newspaper and salt iron soleplate cleaning

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Believe it or not, newspaper and salt are the best combination you can use to clean your iron’s soleplate.

Though the burnt spots on your iron look very hard to clean, but you can easily clean those stubborn spots with these ingredients as when put on a newspaper, the coarseness of the salt can act like sandpaper which can basically work towards removing burnt marks and grime.


  • First, take a newspaper. If you don’t have a newspaper, then you can also use a brown paper bag.
  • Then, sprinkle a generous amount of regular salt on the newspaper.
  • After that, heat your iron at the highest setting. You can also wear oven mittens to protect your hands and basically, to be on the safer side. 
  • Run the hot iron over the newspaper in circular motions until the soleplate is clean.
  • Then, unplug the iron and let it cool.
  • Once it gets cool, take a dry and soft cloth and wipe the salt and remaining grime from the soleplate.

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Baking Soda

baking soda iron soleplate cleaning

Baking soda is certainly a magic ingredient that does everything from cleaning ovens to deodorizing refrigerators. Trust us, it is a great natural way to dissolve any kind of gunk, even breaking down the buildup on your iron’s soleplate! 

Though this ingredient is slightly abrasive in nature but it won’t cause any harm to your iron. And for this hack, you need only two ingredients - Baking soda and water. Easy enough?


  • Take 2 tablespoons of baking soda.
  • Take 1 tablespoon of water (preferably, filtered or distilled water).
  • Mix both the ingredients in a small bowl to form a paste.
  • Next, using a rubber spatula, carefully apply the baking soda paste on the iron’s soleplate. Also, try to keep the mixture out of the steam vents.
  • Leave the paste on for 3-5 minutes, then wipe it with a damp microfiber cloth.
  • If the paste has gotten into the steam vents, then you can use a cotton swab (earbud) dipped in some water to clean them.

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toothpaste iron soleplate cleaning

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This is definitely the simplest hack of all! Your regular toothpaste contains abrasive ingredients which are usually used to clean our teeth. But who knew it can be a good option for cleaning stubborn burn marks off of your iron’s soleplate, right?


  • Take a non-gel toothpaste and simply rub it on your iron’s soleplate. Do ensure that your iron is cool while doing this hack.
  • Then, leave the toothpaste for 2-3 minutes.
  • Next, take a clean and soft cloth and wipe the toothpaste in gentle circular motions.
  • Once you wipe off the paste, set your iron on the steam mode.
  • Steam a cloth for 3-5 minutes. This will thoroughly clean if any toothpaste residue is left in the steam vents of your iron.

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