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Cleaning Steam Iron of Calcium Deposits

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How do you clean calcium deposits from a steam iron?

By Deborah from Washington, DC


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By eleundhund [1]07/27/2010

You will need a mild acid, such as vinegar, breaking down the lime, or vitamin C or lemon juice.
all family friendly and should not leave any stains on your cloth after clearing with water afterward.

By Free2B [216]07/27/2010

My mother would set it in a thin layer of white vinegar and let it soak overnight. This always worked for her.


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My steam iron produces steam poorly. How can I clean the calcium deposits that have formed on the inside? R. Moore

RE: Cleaning Steam Iron of Calcium Deposits

Pour white vinegar in. Let sit about 1 hr. Pour vinegar out. Rinse by repeating with water. You can steam a vinegar/water mix to help the process. Might take more then one try but will dissolve the calcium. Remember to rinse w/ water. Vinegar is acidic. (02/20/2005)

By kidsNclutter

RE: Cleaning Steam Iron of Calcium Deposits

Try to use vinegar inside the iron and let it become hot for a while then you steam it out onto old rag or towel, or any kind of fabrics you want to try out. When you are done , pour it out and use the water to clean it out Good Luck! (07/14/2005)

By Katherine

RE: Cleaning Steam Iron of Calcium Deposits

You should NOT use vinegar in today's irons, instead let the iron get as hot as it can, switch to the clean iron mode if you have one, if not use highest steam level and heat level together. Place iron on a wire rack in a metal cake pan over a surface not heat sensitive, then use a terry cloth scrap to clean it. (02/17/2006)

By NoNoIron

Archive: Cleaning Steam Iron of Calcium Deposits

How to clean a steam iron.

Linda from Jamaica, NY

RE: Cleaning Steam Iron of Calcium Deposits

In the future, use only distilled or reverse osmosis water in your steam iron. (09/13/2007)

By susanmajp

RE: Cleaning Steam Iron of Calcium Deposits

My mom's tried and true recipe.

Place several brown paper grocery bags on the ironing board. Next heat iron, run iron over a block of plain wax/paraffin then iron it off on paper bag and your iron is clean. You could try wax paper if you do not have a block of clear wax. This always works, just be careful. I use this method. (09/18/2007)

By meoowmom

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