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Mum’s surprising paracetamol cleaning hack fixes ruined iron

Mum’s surprising paracetamol cleaning hack fixes ruined iron

A neat trick that shows many how to remove rust has resurfaced on the Facebook group Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK.

Many are thrilled with the hack, including Laura Siârn Outhart who posted the hack.

“A 29p pack of Paracetamols saved me buying a new iron. I am a nightmare for ironing things I shouldn’t and recently ruined my iron,” she wrote on the group.

“I read somewhere that a Paracetamol rubbed onto the iron will make it almost like new again.”

Laura’s iron was quite rusty, so this meant she had to use two tablets instead of the standard one.

“This took two paracetamols and it worked better when the iron was hot and not just warm,’ she added.

"I was amazed how well it worked and how much money it saved me.

“To anyone asking, I didn’t wet the tablet beforehand and if you use tweezers and are very careful then you won’t get burnt.

“I am not saying do this, but it worked for me and saved me buying a new iron. I tried other alternatives but this one worked in seconds and the other ways either didn’t work or it took too long and I would give up.”

If you’re considering using this hack, here’s how it works.

  • Plug the rusty iron in and put it on maximum heat.
  • Once it’s hot, grab a paracetamol tablet with tweezers (not your hands, as you could burn your fingers) and rub it onto the rusty area. Depending on the level of the stain, you might need to repeat the process with a second tablet.
  • Once you’re done, wipe it clean with a cloth (while the iron is still hot, but once again, be careful with the fingers).
  • Turn the iron off and marvel at the good as new surface.
Many were thrilled with the hack, saying that they couldn’t wait to try it out for themselves. 

‘I’ve just seen this post and tried it and it works nice shiny iron again thank you,’ wrote one person.

Photo credit: Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK