How Do I Clean a Clogged Steam Iron?

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Cleaning a clogged steam iron can be done by filling up the water reservoir a fourth of the way up with pure vinegar, ironing and steaming a cloth until the reservoir is empty, filling the reservoir all the way with distilled water and repeating the... View Video Transcript

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Rachel Yatuzis

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Hi, I'm Rachel Yatuzis and I'm going to show you how to clean a clogged steam iron. If you use starch a lot. Your steam iron will get clogged very easily. It may happen over a couple of years or it may happen every couple of weeks. It depends on how much you iron obviously. The good thing is it's very easy and inexpensive to clean out your steam iron when it's clogged. What you want to do is find the little reservoir hole and fill the reservoir a quarter of the way with pure vinegar. Vinegar is so good for cleaning anything, especially things that are clogged. If your faucet has a lot of hard water stains or calcium build up, it's really good for unclogging and cleaning anything. Next, after you've filled it a quarter of the way with the vinegar, you want to turn it on the medium setting, which on this iron looks like it's between number five and number four. And you want to get a white cloth. You want to spray and iron this white cloth and keep doing this until the reservoir is empty. When it's empty, get some distilled water and fill the reservoir up with the distilled water. Next, you want to spray and iron the cloth again a few times, but then grab either a cookie rack or a broiling pan like this and just set it on top, hold the button down so that the steam spray part is opened and just let all that water run through and let it come out. You may have to repeat this steps, but this will unclog your steamer. I'm Rachel Yatuzis and that is how you unclog a steam iron.