How to Clean a Flat Iron with Baking Soda

flat iron cover

Nothing feels quite as good as wearing fresh and wrinkle-free clothes.

The confidence boost is quite euphoric and we have our dependable flat irons to thank for it.

However, if the bottom of your iron is starting to look dirty or crazy burnt, maybe it’s time to call our friend, Mr. Baking Soda.

In this article, I’ll show you how to clean the soleplate of your flat iron by using baking soda.

Here’s a picture of a clothing iron soleplate with labels in case you’re not familiar with the parts:

soleplate and steam vents

Let’s start cleaning.

What you’ll need:

Baking soda
Small container
Cloth or sponge
Q-tips/cotton buds

what you'll need clean flat iron

Steps on How to Clean Your Flat Iron’s Soleplate with Baking Soda:

1. Make sure the flat iron is cool and unplugged before you start. Drain the water from the steamer reservoir if there’s any.

2. Create a paste by mixing one tablespoon of baking soda for every 2-3 tablespoons of water.

mix baking soda and water to create paste

 3. Apply the paste on the soleplate. Spread it out a bit.

apply paste on the soleplate

4. Use a damp sponge or cloth to scrub off the stains from the soleplate. Keep scrubbing until you are satisfied with the result. 

scrub soleplate with cloth and paste

5. Clean the steam vents with cotton buds. Scrub off any mineral deposits around the holes.

clean steam vents with cotton buds

6. Wipe off the soleplate with a clean cloth.

Will Baking Soda Scratch the Soleplate of My Flat Iron?

Baking soda is mildly abrasive, and that’s why it’s great for scrubbing off hardened stains and mineral deposits. However, using too much baking soda may scratch the surface or protective coating of your iron.

It’s good practice to start with a 1:3 baking soda to water ratio when making a paste. Then add more baking soda if you need to.

Most clothes iron on the market either have a stainless or ceramic coating. So make sure you check your flat iron’s cleaning instructions before you start scrubbing it. It’s best to err on the side of caution.

8 Tips to Avoid Burning and Staining Your Clothes with the
Flat Iron (Never Again!)

Now that your flat iron is clean, here are some tips to help you avoid staining and burning your clothes again.

  1. Iron inside out whenever possible.
  2. Always check the temperature setting and the bottom(soleplate) of the iron before starting.
  3. Read the clothes care tags for ironing instructions.
  4. Use a press cloth for sensitive fabrics like silk and linen.
  5. Use a fabric softener when doing the laundry, so it’s easier to iron your clothes later.
  6. Go easy on the spray starch. Using too much starch can create a build-up that can stick to the soleplate of your iron.
  7. Iron on low setting for some fabrics like nylon and polyester. Iron the inside first to test it if you’re not sure what kind of fabric it is.
  8. Never leave your iron plugged in and unattended. It’s not just a stain issue but also a safety issue. Do not forget this.


And that’s how I use baking soda to clean my flat iron.

If you’re looking for more ways to use baking soda, here’s an article on how to use baking soda to remove armpit stains from clothes.

Thank you for reading my blog.

Until next time.

-Baking Soda Guy

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