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How to Clean Glue from the Bottom of Your Iron

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If you use basting spray or fusible web when you quilt, chances are you have made the mistake I made yesterday — you’ve accidentally ironed some glue and created a sticky mess on the sole plate of your iron. Once that happens, the glue sticks to everything you try to iron. Instead of gliding over your fabric, your iron grips everything it touches.

How do you remove that gunky mess? Here are two tricks to try:

  1. If the residue is thick, heat the iron and then scrub the hot sole plate on a piece of rough toweling. That should remove a good part of it.
  2. Soak a plastic scrub pad with white vinegar and use the wet pad to scrub the glue away from a cool iron. It may take a little elbow grease, but the vinegar will help dissolve the glue and the pad scrapes it off the sole plate. That’s what I did, and it worked quite well on the residue on my iron. If your iron has a teflon coating on the bottom, be extra-gentle with your scrubbing.




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