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31 March 2014

Domestic cleaning - how to clean an iron organically

Because a warm iron is applied to moisture whenever used to comb over clothes that aren't completely dry, mild rust can form. Though not as glaring as that which can form on neglected utensils, it's the last thing you want to transmit onto otherwise clean clothing.

The following describes a novel domestic cleaning technique using one of the world's most powerful natural resources - sea salt. It's important you use sea salt over regular table salt because the latter is too processed with additives.

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Things needed:
A roll of paper towels
A clean microfibre cloth x 2
A tablespoon
A clean glass
An ironing board
Your iron
A saucepan
Sea salt, ideally a full packet or container
White vinegar
Grapeseed oil

Step 1 - Prepare your working area
Conveniently, your working area is based entirely on your ironing board. Place a paper towel on the surface.

Step 2 - Apply sea salt
Apply a tablespoon of sea salt to the paper towel. Sprinkling it around the whole towel generously.

Step 3 - Turn on your heated iron
Plug your iron into the wall as you normally do before setting it to the highest setting. Deactivate steam altogether.

Step 4 - Iron gently
Iron over the coarse sea salt gently, removing dirt and whitening the iron's steel surface.
Do this four times across the full length of your iron before switching it off. Allow a good 30 minutes for it to cool down.
Proceed to walk into the kitchen and sit a large saucepan on the stove.

Step 5 - Heat sea salt and white vinegar
Apply sea salt and vinegar in equal parts into a saucepan. Be careful not to exceed medium heat in temperature since you don't want the vinegar to boil. Stir well before removing the saucepan and letting it cool for 10 minutes.

Step 6 - Clean your iron's sole plate
Retrieve your now fully cooled down iron. Sit it on a paper towel in the kitchen, but well away from the still-hot stove area.
Grab your clean microfibre cloth and proceed to dunk it in your now cooled down vinegar and sea salt mix. Cup your non-cloth carrying hand beneath the one transporting it to avoid spillage as you move over to your iron sat on the paper towel.
Fold your microfibre cloth twice. Wipe the bottom of your iron, the sole plate, with one side the cloth.
Flip the cloth over and dry with the flip-side of the cloth, removing all moisture.

Step 7 - Test your clean iron
Switch your iron on at the nearest and safest socket. Proceed to test how smoothly it delivers on an old but clean cotton sweater or cotton towel.
Once tested, switch the iron off and let it cool for 30 minutes.

Step 8 - Polish with grape seed oil
Complete the cleaning of your iron by taking a second microfibre cloth. Fold twice like you did the last cloth.
Soak one side of the cloth directly in a clean glass-full of grape seed oil. This natural extract has powerful healing properties and is proven across stainless steel treatment specifically.
Should you wish, slice a lemon too and press the same side of the cloth against it, rubbing thoroughly. Wipe the sole plate.
Let the iron sit for 5 minutes.

Finally, wipe away all remaining moisture and your iron will be sparkling and clean.

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