Many times it happens to burn the iron. However, there are plenty of homemade ways to remove the stains. Moreover, these ways are inexpensive and the products are easily available, and you certainly have them in your cupboard.
If the scorch marks are serious, you’ll need to be more efficient in cleaning. Heat some vinegar and dip a soft cloth in it. Then, gently wipe the burned marks. Finally, wipe the bottom of the iron with a cloth dampened with clean water.
If vinegar alone does not remove the marks, you will need to mix a few teaspoons of table salt or baking soda with hot white vinegar. Soak a clean cloth in the solution, then wipe the foot of the iron. Continue wiping until the stains are gone, then clean the bottom of the iron with a clean, damp towel before storing.
If your iron has a non-stick soleplate, you can clean the marks with a small amount of washing up liquid. Simply add a drop or two of detergent to a small bowl of warm water. Then dip a clean cloth in the solution and wipe the foot. Finally, dry the bottom of the iron with a towel
There are cases when scorch marks cover the vents. To clean this type of contamination, mix water and a mild dishwashing liquid. Dip cotton swabs in the cleaning solution and wipe the burnt foot and dirty vents. Once the stains are gone, wipe the iron with a clean cloth.
Nail polish remover
Nail polish remover is a great product for cleaning a burnt iron. Test the method on a small part of the iron first. If you have birds in your home, only use this method outside. Many fumes are dangerous or deadly to them.
Remember to use caution when cleaning. There should be adequate ventilation indoors. The iron will be very hot while cleaning. Be careful not to burn yourself or inhale the fumes, as they are toxic. Heat the iron only to the lowest temperature
- Dip a folded cloth in nail polish remover.
- Carefully rub the burned area.
- After cleaning the entire iron, dampen the cloth in clean water and wipe the underside. You can also spread the damp cloth flat and “iron” it to remove residue and scorch marks.
Lemon juice and baking soda
This method is much less toxic than the one above using nail polish remover. Lemon juice works quite well in removing burn marks from iron. The acid and gentle abrasive action of baking soda will keep your iron looking like new!
- Squeeze one lemon and add enough baking soda to make a paste.
- Place the paste on the dirty areas of the iron.
- Leave on the iron (cold) for at least 5 minutes.
- Test after 5 minutes to see if the paste removes the stain.
- Gently rub the paste until the underside of the iron is clean.
- Wipe off the excess paste with a damp cloth and let the iron dry.
Vinegar and baking soda
You don’t have to specifically buy lemons if you have vinegar in your cupboard. Make sure the iron is turned off and the cooktop is cold.
- Mix half a cup of vinegar with half a cup of water.
- Fold a cloth or cotton ball and dip it into the vinegar and water solution.
- Add a little baking soda to the wet spot on the cloth (this is your abrasive) and gently start scrubbing the stains. Use a circular motion and apply gentle pressure
- Simply wipe off the excess with a damp cloth.
Both vinegar and lemon juice react with baking soda to make a fantastic duo for stain removal. This combination is not your typical chemical; it is non-toxic and works great.