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Dritz Iron Cleaner

Majick | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

Does anyone know where in Canada one can purchase Dritz’ steam iron cleaner? It really cleans the goo off the bottom of your iron.



  1. user-51823 | | #1

    can't help with physical stoes in your area if you don't want to try online, but i will say that while it works well, the smell of that stuff makes me sort of urpy. i use a paste of cream of tartar with a little water and it works very well.

  2. Josefly | | #2

    "Goo Gone" works very well on my non-teflon sole plate. It can be bought in the grocery stores here in the States.

    1. solosmocker | | #3

      Really! Do you just wipe it on a cold iron or do you use heat? Googone is one of my favorite household products. Love that stuff.

      1. Josefly | | #5

        Yes, I just squeeze a little on the cold sole-plate and rub it with my fingers to take off the gooey stuff, or I squeeze a little bit on a soft paper towel or soft rag, and rub that over the iron. It may take several "squeezings" to rub everything off, because it may take a few minutes for the Goo Gone to soften and dissolve the gunk on the iron. The oily residue must be completely removed, of course, with a clean paper towel or clean dry rag. I'm also careful not to allow the Goo Gone to run into the steam vents. It's useful for so many things, so I always have it on hand, and it works very well on my iron.

        1. Majick | | #7

          Dear JoseflyI was thinking of trying Goo Gone, and I worried about it getting into the steam vents, but I am sure I can be careful enough to avoid that. As I mentioned to the other posting, all the Fabriclands near me have stopped stocking the iron cleaner. It is stinky, but it does work. Thanks for taking the time to reply. I really appreciate it.Majick

          1. Josefly | | #8

            Glad to help. I hope it works on the stuff you want to remove...it's done a great job for me.

          2. Cherrypops | | #9

            Hi Majick,

            Goo Gone can also be purchased from AutoBarn Automotive Store. When I am not sewing I am cleaning my car. :)

          3. MaryinColorado | | #10

            I think Wallmart has some, or Target.  Also, I like to use waxed paper, it really makes the iron slick.

            " Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter won't mind."  Dr. Seuss

          4. Cherrypops | | #11

            Hi maryinc,

            I like your waxed paper idea. I'll give it a go.

            :)Cherryp... I like Dr Seuss too!

          5. MaryinColorado | | #12

            It is funny how few folks realise the messages behind the rhymes!  He was really an incredible author and teacher and really cared about the environment, humanity.  etc Mary

          6. user-51823 | | #13

            but doesn't that leave a residue when you use it?

          7. Cherrypops | | #17

            I received an answer from MaryinC about the waxed paper. Her answer is Post 6243.16 


          8. Cherrypops | | #14

            How does the waxed paper work? I haven't tried it yet and had thought about residue being left on the iron base, and just read post #14 who is wondering the same. What do you use to clean the iron's base if residue is left? We don't want sticky clothes.



          9. MaryinColorado | | #15

            Hi! I just dry iron onto the wax paper, then onto a scrap of fabric.  My mother used to do this when she finished her ironing, then turn off the iron.  I don't really know why it works.  Strange, huh?  Never had problems with residue from the wax paper, maybe there isn't enough wax to cause a problem.  Mary

          10. Cherrypops | | #16

            Thank you Mary. :)

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    Thimblefingers | | #4

    I have purchased the iron cleaner off the notions wall at Fabricland.  I don't know if it still has the Dritz name - they seem to change all the time.  It does work well and for the person who asked - it is used on a hot iron (and it stinks!)

    The old-fashioned remedy that my mother used was salt on a newspaper and a hot iron.  Takes a bit of arm power and time, but I've used it in a pinch when I didn't have any other cleaner that worked.  You just have to remember to wipe the iron off after to make sure all the ink is off!

    1. Majick | | #6

      Hi There!Thanks for the suggestion. I now have two "home grown remedies" to try and first thing tomorrow I will give it a go.The Fabriclands in my area have mysteriously stopped stocking this item, and I only use it once in a while. Usually when my son gets a new T- shirt and there is some stencilling I didn't see.Yes, I am one of those gits who iron T shirts. Some day I will stop.Thanks again

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