How to Clean an Iron with Paracetamol

A dirty, rusty iron can be quite a headache! The iron won’t look its best, it might not work effectively, and the grotty patches on the soleplate might damage your creased laundry.

Yet, there’s a simple cure! You can use paracetamol to clean the iron’s soleplate.

Find out what you need to do to revive your iron’s soleplate with paracetamol tablets below, and discover how you should clean the rest of your iron too.

How to Clean an Iron’s Soleplate with Paracetamol

Using paracetamol tablets to clean an iron’s soleplate is a cheap and simple way of maintaining the appliance. Find out how to use these tablets below.

What you need:

  • Iron
  • Tweezers/tongs
  • Paracetamol tablets
  • Cloths
  •  Water


  • Don’t use paracetamol tablets that have a coating or are in capsule form. If you use these versions of paracetamol, the coating/capsule may leave some residue on the iron’s soleplate and the tablet will not clean away the dirt effectively.
  •  Don’t use plastic tweezers, as the plastic will melt onto the iron’s soleplate.

If you’re concerned about using tweezers to hold the tablet in place, you can use wooden tongs instead.

Keep in mind that rubbing metal tweezers along an iron’s soleplate may cause some scratches to occur, so be careful.