9 Unusual Uses For Your Iron (That'll Really Surprise You)

9 Unusual Uses For Your Iron (That'll Really Surprise You)

Ironing isn't on top of my list of Fun Things To Do, but I've since found out there are lots of interesting uses for an iron! Whether you want to cook or be creative, check out the list below and give it a whirl.

1. Cook bacon with an iron

Iron and foil on a cloth
Brown sauce with my bacon please!

If you're a fan of bacon but haven't got a pan or oven to cook it in, reach for your trusty iron.

Wrap those rashers in some foil and use the iron to heat the precious package up thoroughly. Be sure to use a towel or tea towel underneath so as not to damage any surfaces. Enjoy the smell of bacon!

2. Make paninis in your room while travelling

Here's an interesting use for an iron! If you're sat in a hotel room, hungry and lacking a sandwich press then don't worry, there's no need to panic.

Grab your panini, wrap it in foil and then use an iron to heat it up. Easy. Check out POPSUGAR Food's food hack video for further instructions.

3. Remove candle wax from fabric

Had an accident with some candle wax? Don't panic! Place the offending item in the freezer and leave it in there for around thirty minutes.

Next, remove the fabric and use a knife to scrape off the cold wax. Place a paper bag over the wax, find your iron and set it to a low heat. Run the iron over the bag on the remaining wax and the paper will absorb what's left.

Easy peasy!

4. Get chewing gum off your clothes

Chewing gum and a coat
Get off my clothes!

Finding chewing gum on your clothes is SO ANNOYING. This solution comes from Persil.

Place a piece of clean cardboard on a flat surface, then place the item of clothing gum-side down on top. Set the iron to medium and iron the garment on the back.

Once the gum becomes softer, it should stick to the cardboard. Finally, peel your clothing away and the gum should be left behind on the cardboard.

Next, read our guide on how to get gum out of hair

5. Get rid of heat stains on wooden tables

Well, this looks like magic. If your poor wooden table has suffered from heat stains, place a tea towel down on the stain and circle the iron over the table.

Lift off the tea towel and rub the table quickly with a cloth. The stains will vanish!

Check out this Michaels Land YouTube video to see this trick in action.

6. Make a cheese toastie with an iron

One of the greatest things in life is a cheese toastie. 

For other cheese fans, I have a joyous use for an iron - use it to make your very own cheese toastie! Check out Cookipedia for the process. I can't wait to try it out for myself...

7. Remove dents with an iron

Iron on a wooden table
Farewell pesky dent!

If you've accidentally dropped something on your wooden coffee table and left a big horrible dent, then it's time to pick up your iron again.

Wet the dent and place a damp paper towel over it. Turn the iron to a hot setting and in circular motions, move it over the dent for a few minutes. Check to see if the dent is decreasing intermittently and add more water until the dents have risen up.

8. Preserve flowers

I remember flower pressing as a child with a wooden contraption with metal screws. Who knew you could do it with an iron?

Place your chosen flowers between two sheets of wax paper and press the petals down. Now you can preserve both your flowers and the memory of the occasion.

9. Make this trendy DIY Graphic Tee

Use your iron in a creative way! Handmade in the Heartland has made a professional looking graphic t-shirt at home. I've located some on Amazon from Thermoweb and Ice-Tees if you want to give it a try for yourself.

You'll never look at your iron in the same way again! What use will you try first?

Colleen B


Lifelong biscuit addict. Obsessed with recipes, cooking & eating. Slightly lazier than the average bear, so likes writing about life hacks & discovering the quickest / easiest way to do things.

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  1. Author Linda Ibbetson on August 16, 2017 at 11:58 pm

    I tried the iron on the marked table trick, but totally ruined my table, even following the instructions very carefully. I was well and truly gutted I can tell you.

  2. Author Jo Keers on September 18, 2017 at 7:23 am

    Like the fun element of cooking bacon and cheese toasties. Very tempted t try those two. I knew about the wax and fun ones. They work very well. Another one is straightening long hair but but didn't as you could burn your poor little lugs! ☺

    1. Author Stephanie C on September 19, 2017 at 12:48 pm

      Hi Jo. I haven't personally tried the toasties yet, but have seen this trend all over the internet and they look GREAT! Enjoy :)

  3. Author Jo Keers on September 18, 2017 at 7:24 am

    Gum. I meant.

  4. Author Jennifer Kennelly on August 3, 2020 at 10:07 pm

    Tip number 5, heat stains on your table, it reads to put a tea towel over the stain and circle it over the table, did that mean to read circle the Iron over the table??

    1. Author Joanne A on August 7, 2020 at 3:48 pm

      You're right, Jennifer! I have updated that now.


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