How To Clean the Iron Soleplate: The Practical Guide

There are many natural remedies you can adopt depending on the various situations

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By Linda Ferraro

How to clean the iron soleplate

In the context of our housecleaning guides, today we will explore how to clean the iron soleplate easily and effectively.

Ironing is one of the less-loved household tasks. Nevertheless, since it’s unavoidable, knowing how to care for the iron is essential. Like all appliances, the iron needs regular cleaning, at least once a week, to maintain its efficiency and protect garments from potential stains. Additionally, sticky residues and burns can inadvertently form on the soleplate.

Let’s address the issue and explore numerous natural remedies!

Why Clean the Iron’s Plate

To iron effectively, the iron must glide smoothly on fabrics. The plate should be cleaned when the iron doesn’t glide easily, leaves marks on fabrics, shows stains or burn marks, or feels sticky to the touch.

Cleaning the iron soleplate is a practical maintenance step that not only improves the iron’s performance but also safeguards clothing, prolongs the appliance’s lifespan, and enhances the overall ironing experience. Regular cleaning is a simple yet effective measure to ensure optimal functionality and the longevity of the iron.

Preliminary Steps Before Cleaning

Ensure the iron is unplugged. Ensure the plate is cool.

How to Clean the Iron Soleplate: Household Remedies

Various commercial products, such as iron-cleaning sticks, are available, but we’ll focus on green solutions.

Household natural remedies are numerous and effective:

Vinegar and Salt

  • Heat a cup of white vinegar.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of table salt, dissolve.
  • Rub the solution on the plate using a non-abrasive sponge.
  • Dry with a soft cloth.

Water and Soap:

  • Mild solution for light cleaning.


  • Sprinkle salt on a large piece of paper.
  • Glide the hot iron over it for a few minutes to remove attached dirt.

Vinegar and Cork Stopper:

  • Soak a cork stopper in vinegar.
  • Rub it carefully on the hot iron’s plate.

Baking Soda:

  • Rub gently with a microfiber cloth on a slightly warm plate.

Water and Baking Soda:

  • Dissolve 1 generous tablespoon of baking soda in warm water.
  • Clean the plate with a soft cloth.
  • Dry with a microfiber cloth.

Baking Soda and Lemon Juice:

  • Mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda with the juice of one lemon.
  • Immerse a soft sponge in the solution, clean the plate.
  • Rinse and dry with a soft cloth.


  • Rub the pulp of a sliced lemon on the cool plate.
  • Rinse with water and dry.


  • Rub a small amount on the cool plate.
  • Wipe off with a damp cloth.

Cleaning a Stainless Steel Iron Plate

An effective remedy involves creating a mixture of lemon juice and baking soda:

  • Squeeze the juice of one lemon.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of baking soda, mix.
  • Rub the mixture on the plate using a slightly rough sponge.
  • Rinse with water and dry.
how to clean the iron soleplate
Make sure the iron is unplugged and the plate is cool!

Cleaning a Ceramic Iron Plate

Use caution when cleaning the delicate ceramic plate:

  • Dampen a soft cloth in lemon juice.
  • Rub the plate until all dirt or burns disappear.
  • For stubborn dirt, add a drop of vinegar to the lemon juice.

Removing Rust Stains

For rust stains:

  • Spread a generous amount of table salt on the plate.
  • Rub with a cloth soaked in lemon juice.

Removing Sticky Residue

If synthetic fabric accidentally sticks to the plate:

  • Apply melted wax to the affected area.
  • Rub gently with a newspaper.

Removing Burn Marks

For burned areas:

  • Use diluted dish soap in warm water.
  • Wipe with a damp cloth.
  • Dry thoroughly.

How Often to Clean the Iron’s Plate

Clean as needed, especially after accidental fabric mishaps. Generally, a weekly cleaning is recommended to preserve the iron.

Mistakes to Avoid

  • Never use abrasive sponges, metal pads, or fabrics that may scratch the plate permanently.
  • Avoid harsh chemical detergents.

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