How to Clean a Hopeless Iron.
Seems like an obvious statement, I know. “Don’t iron stuff that will melt.”
But stuff happens sometimes.
So this happened tonight. My iron tipped for a second at the most, as I was pressing a strap. Unfortunately, it rested right smack on a thin plastic bag that melted instantaneously. The plastic fused to the sole plate and was so thin and smooth it was NOT coming off. I tried ironing waxed paper. I tried gently scraping, I tried freezing and gently scraping, I tried Magic Erasers, and I tried dryer sheets by themselves. Nothing budged this stuff. It was one with the iron.
So here’s the trick – it’s a combo trick.
Clean dryer sheets
Turn your iron on the hottest setting. Put some table salt on a sheet of waxed paper, and on a surface that you won’t damage with a hot iron, iron the salt on the waxed paper. The salt will cling to the iron, the iron will smoke. Immediately iron a couple of clean dryer sheets. You’ll see the melted stuff come off on the dryer sheets. Repeat until clean.