How To Properly Clean A Flat Iron

by Annie Jangam

Chic, sleek straight hair never goes out of style. No wonder we all love a good blowout! Regular use of your flat iron can leave it dirty, especially if you use thermal protectants and styling products like hair gel, hair mousse, or serum. Most of us neglect cleaning our flat iron, which can compromise on our blowouts as well as the lifespan of the hair straightener. Don’t worry! We have come up with some simple and effective ways to clean your favorite flat iron. Scroll down to learn more!

Why Should You Clean Your Flat Iron?

Flat irons gather dirt, grime, and product residue from heat protectants and styling products. So, it is essential to clean your flat iron regularly to remove all the accumulated build-up. This build-up can damage the plates over time and reduce their ability to heat up properly, thus reducing the efficiency of the tool. You can also end up with limp, greasy hair or scalp build-up.

So, it is absolutely essential that you clean your heat styling tools regularly. Keep reading to find out how to clean your flat iron properly.

How To Clean A Flat Iron

There are multiple ways to clean a flat iron using cleaning agents that you may already have at home. Scroll down to check them out!

Caution: Make sure your flat iron is switched off and unplugged before you start cleaning it.

1. How To Clean A Flat Iron With Alcohol

You Will Need

  • A soft cloth
  • Rubbing alcohol

Process

  1. Spray rubbing alcohol on the plates of the flat iron.
  2. Wait for 2-5 minutes for the product residue to melt and break down.
  3. Gently wipe the plates with a soft, damp cloth to remove all the build-up.
  4. Let it dry. Use as usual.

Note: Avoid using alcohol when the flat iron is hot or plugged in.

2. How To Clean A Flat Iron With Nail Polish Remover

You Will Need

  • Nail polish remover
  • A cotton pad
  • A soft cloth

Process

  1. Soak the cotton pad with nail polish remover.
  2. Wipe the plates of the flat iron with the cotton pad.
  3. Wait for 2-5 minutes for the product residue to break down.
  4. Gently wipe the plates of the flat iron with a soft, damp cloth to remove all the dirt and grime.
  5. Let the flat iron dry for some time before using it again.

3. How To Clean A Flat Iron With Relaxer Cream

You Will Need

  • Relaxer cream
  • A damp cloth

Process

  1. Use the damp cloth to wipe off all the product residue and dirt from the flat iron.
  2. Apply a thin layer of relaxer cream on the plates of the flat iron.
  3. Use the damp cloth to remove the cream after 3-5 minutes.

4. How To Clean A Flat Iron Using A DIY Method

You Will Need

  • An old toothbrush
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • Vinegar
  • A damp cloth

Process

  1. Mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda with just enough vinegar to make a thick paste.
  2. Apply this paste on the plates of the hair straightener.
  3. Wait for 2-5 minutes for the dirt and build-up to loosen.
  4. Gently scrub the build-up using an old toothbrush.
  5. Wipe the plates down with a damp cloth.
  6. Let the flat iron dry and use it as usual.

The best way to ensure you don’t accumulate product build-up on the flat iron is to clean it regularly. Find out how in the section below.

Best Way To Clean A Flat Iron: Daily Maintenance

The simplest and most hassle-free way to clean your hair straightener regularly is to use a soft, damp cloth to wipe off the excess residue.

You Will Need

  • Drinking water (make sure that it is not hard water as this can cause additional build-up on the flat iron)
  • A soft cloth
  • A cotton pad

Process

  1. Heat up your flat iron at the lowest setting.
  2. Switch it off and unplug it.
  3. Use a damp cloth to wipe off all the product residue and dirt.
  4. Wipe the plates down with a cotton pad to remove any trace of dirt or moisture.

Pro-tip: Use Q-tips to clean those hard-to-reach edges.

Wondering how often to clean your hair straighteners? Keep reading to find out!

When Should You Clean Your Flat Iron?

You should clean your flat iron when:

  • You notice any product residue on the plates.
  • The iron starts taking longer to heat up.
  • Your hair starts looking dull, limp, or greasy right after straightening it.
  • You start experiencing itching and product build-up on your scalp.
  • A burning smell starts emanating from the plates due to the melting of the product build-up.

You can clean your flat iron daily with a damp cloth or simply wipe the plates down once a week with a wet wipe. However, it is best to deep clean it once a month for the best results.

Conclusion

Your flat iron gathers dirt, natural oils, and product residue with regular use. It is important to clean it properly to remove all the build-up. You can use a damp cloth to wipe the plates every time you use them and deep clean them once a month using the methods mentioned above to keep them in top-notch condition.

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Annie Jangam

Annie Jangam is a Molecular Biologist with 7 years of research experience in Rice Functional Genomics and Nutrient Signalling with International Publications in Abiotic stress, Nitrogen, and G-protein signaling. She specializes in writing on Health and Wellness. She has been an avid reader since childhood and is passionate about stories that help decipher life and its meaning. She believes in Human Rights for all and that one should "love others like we love ourselves."
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