So in making freezer paper stencils, I managed to gum up part of my iron plate (note to readers, if you rip off a piece of your freezer paper stencil, don't try to reattach it with scotch tape and then iron it!! ) I looked online for ways to clean the plate and someone said to iron an unused dryer sheet on a low setting. I missed the LOW part and managed to make a dryer sheet melt but it still didn't clean the plate. I ironed another one on low, with a face cloth between the dryer sheet and my ironing board (didn't want to scorch the cover). That still didn't clean the plate off completely, but I think it started loosening the gunk. Fast forward a few days later when I used the same facecloth to cover something I was ironing. I noticed that the face cloth was changing color a bit. When I looked at the iron plate, it was pristine! So long story short, if you gum up your iron plate with crafty things, try putting a little fabric softener on a facecloth and ironing the heck out of it.