How to Clean Dirty Clothes Iron with Toothpaste

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If you love to iron your clothes and want them to look nice, then it’s important to keep the bottom of your clothes iron clean. It could leave burn or rust marks on your clothes if you don’t.

So how do we clean a dirty iron plate? One way is with toothpaste!

That’s right! Toothpaste can be used to scrub off grime and debris from the plate of a clothes iron.

After doing the toothpaste method, you might be amazed at how much gunk is trapped in there!

In this article, You’ll learn how to clean dirty clothes iron with toothpaste.

Let’s begin.

What You’ll Need:

  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush or scouring pad
  • Clean rag
  • Paper towels
  • Water
  • Cotton swabs


  1. Apply a small amount of toothpaste to the bottom of the iron.
  2. Using a toothbrush or scouring pad, scrub the bottom of the iron with the toothpaste. Focus on the dirty spots.
  3. Wipe off the toothpaste with a clean cloth. 
  4. Repeat steps 1-3 if needed. Apply more toothpaste if necessary, and use a cotton swab to get into any crevices on the bottom of your iron, such as steam holes. 
  5. Use a damp paper towel to remove all remaining traces of toothpaste from your ironing surface, then dry it completely with another paper towel or rag — and that’s it!

Other Things You Can Try to Clean Your Clothes Iron

  • Using Baking Soda Paste: You can make a paste with water and baking soda. After leaving the paste to sit on the iron for a while, wipe it off with a cloth.
  • Applying Vinegar and Water: You can also mix vinegar and water together to create a cleaning solution. Apply this solution to your iron, let it sit for a few minutes, then wipe it off with a clean cloth. Make sure you rinse the iron with water when you’re done.
  • Using Lemon Juice: You can use lemon juice as well. Simply apply fresh lemon juice onto your iron, let it work its magic, then wipe with a clean cloth. Rinse your iron thoroughly after wiping!

Can Toothpaste Scratch the Bottom of My Clothes Iron?

One of the most frequently asked questions is whether toothpaste can scratch the bottom of an iron. The answer is no unless you apply toothpaste with a lot of pressure. 

As long as you use a soft cloth, gently rub it on the affected areas, and rinse it off until no more residue is visible; your iron won’t have any scratches or marks caused by this cleaning method.

If you’re still worried about scratching the metal surface, consider testing it on a small area first to see if there are any scratches or marks left behind. 

You can also test this method on an old or cheap iron first before you try it out on your favorite and more expensive model. 

If you think using regular toothpaste seems like too big of a risk for your clothes iron, try another DIY cleaning alternative instead (like baking soda).

Do I have to Regularly Clean the Soleplate of My Clothes Iron?

YES! Many people don’t know that the bottom of their clothes iron should be regularly cleaned. 

It’s so easy to forget when you’re using it all the time and not thinking about how much dirt and grime has accumulated, just waiting to be released on your white shirt.

Cleaning it at least once a month should be enough.


There you go! Now that you know how to clean your clothes iron, we hope your next ironing session will go without a hitch.

If you want to try another method of cleaning your clothes iron, check out my article on how to clean your clothes iron with baking soda.

Thanks for dropping by my blog!

-Baking Soda Guy

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