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How to Remove a Black Stain From Iron

Carole Ellis

Many times, an iron will will develop black stains where water has left mineral traces. This is particularly common in steam irons, but it can happen on any type of instrument made out of iron. Fortunately, there is an easy way to resolve this problem that will not damage the metal in any way.

By using a few household items, your iron will soon be bright and shiny again.

  1. Saturate the stained area with the white vinegar. You can spray it on, rub it on with the rough rag or soak it piece of iron in the vinegar if it is not part of an electric appliance.

  2. Mix white vinegar and warm water in the bowl. You can use a 3 to 1 ratio of vinegar to water, and you probably will not need more than about 4 tbsp. of the mixture.

  3. Scrub the stained area with the toothbrush, dipped in the vinegar and water solution. The bristles will get into any small crevices and holes in the stained area and work the vinegar into these areas. You can also scrub flat surfaces with the rough rag. As you work, you will begin to see the black stain lifting off the surface of the iron in flakes.

  4. Wipe the iron clean. Use a clean, damp rag to wipe all of the vinegar and the black mineral residue off of the iron. If you notice any spots that are not clear, then you can go back and re-clean them with the toothbrush soaked in the vinegar solution.

  5. Dry the iron off with a clean, dry rag. Once it is fully dry, you can store it as you did before.

  6. Warning

    Never work with an appliance that is plugged in when you are getting it wet.