Some tips for cleaning an iron soleplate include running a newspaper across it and rubbing it with a vinegar-dipped rag. The methods are family-friendly and green and help get rid of sticky and oily substances on the soleplate.
To remove sticky substances on the iron’s soleplate, users should turn the steam off and set the temperature setting to the highest level. Running a clean paper towel or newspaper across the plate repeatedly helps get rid of most of the dirt. If dirt still adheres to the surface, a sprinkling of salt on the newspaper or paper towel may help.
Cleaning the soleplate with a vinegar- or ammonia-soaked rag removes oily substances. Rinsing with a water-soaked rag completes the process.