How to Remove Iron-on Transfers From Clothing?

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The site Made Man lists several methods for removing iron-on transfers from clothing, from picking peeling or cracked transfers in pieces to dissolving the adhesive holding them in place with rubbing alcohol. Generally, a combination of methods may be necessary to completely remove the transfer.

  1. Peel away a loose transfer

    Grab the edge of the iron-on transfer that is loose on the piece of clothing and slowly peel the transfer away. Use a pair of tweezers to remove the remaining smaller bits of transfer.

  2. Heat the transfer

    Run a hot iron over the transfer to attempt to reactivate the adhesive if the iron-on transfer is still securely in place. Take care not to burn the transfer or fabric. Apply enough heat so that the edges begin to curl slightly. Allow the transfer to cool until it is safe to touch and then pull the loosened transfer away. Some adhesive may be left in place.

  3. Dissolve the adhesive

    Apply rubbing alcohol to the rear of the transfer through the clothing if the heating method fails. The alcohol will dissolve the adhesive, allowing the transfer to be peeled away. Remove the transfer. Remove any remaining adhesive from the clothing with additional rubbing alcohol.