​How to Clean an Iron, 6 Different (Easy!) Ways

If you’ve ever ruined a fancy blouse with an iron that sputters icky water, you’re smart to be a little paranoid about dirty irons. Residue from synthetic fabrics, spray starch, detergent, and a build-up of dirt and dust can all contribute to a dirty sole plate that can ruin your best clothes. Here’s how to clean your iron to make sure that never happens.