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How to clean your iron

If you ever thought your iron was broken and wanted to toss it so you could buy a new one, this hack is for you. Look at the steam vents in your iron. Are they clogged with calcium buildup and bits and pieces picked up from clothing? If you don't clean these out, your iron will stop working over time and may ruin your clothes. Luckily for you, there is an easy, inexpensive solution that takes only minutes to perform.
The hack comes courtesy of Jessica Kielman, the blogger behind Mom 4 Real and a contributor to eHow, where her iron cleaning hack was recently featured. As a mother, Jessica sympathizes with the all too common balancing act of providing a beautiful environment for her family without breaking the bank. "I like the share the thrifty, creative ways that I make changes in my home in the hopes that it will spark the creativity in someone else!" says Jessica.
Cleaning your iron once a month will prolong the life of your iron. After this hack, you will be impressed with how much more efficiently your iron works.
You will need, baking soda, a clean towel and cloth, distilled white vinegar, water, a cotton swab, and a tooth brush, and lemon essential oil.
If your iron has come into contact with something sticky like rubber or plastic, remove the buildup by rubbing the iron with a clean cloth dabbed with lemon oil. If you feel your elbow grease isn't strong enough, you can clean your iron when it is slightly warm to help the sediment melt away.
Next, make a paste using 1 tbsp of baking soda and 2 tbsp of warm water. Work the paste into the steam vents and iron plate using a cotton swab. Wipe away the baking soda and residue using a damp cloth.
Use a tooth brush dipped in vinegar to softly scrub the iron plate and steam vents. 
Then, fill the iron's reservoir with clean water and turn on the iron to the highest setting with the steam on. Place the iron on a towel and move it back and forth, while depressing the steam button. Repeat this step, holding the iron up for a few seconds in between each round.
Finally, let the iron cool and then wipe it down with a clean, damp cloth. Your iron should be as good as new!
For a full tutorial, visit eHow and for more cleaning tips from Jessica, explore the blog Mom 4 Real.
There are several ways to clean an iron. You may be surprised to know salt is also a secret cleaning agent! According to Pop Sugar, you can sprinkle salt onto a sheet of paper and then run a warm iron over the salted sheet. Run it over a couple times, let the iron cool, and then wipe the iron clean with a soft cloth. If there is no salvaging your iron, you can always use a genius hack from Buzzfeed that uses dry ice. According to Style Caster, you can also use a flat iron, pot, mattress, dryer sheets, a damp towel or tea kettle.
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