How can I clean my flat iron (for hair)?

  13 answers
  • Make sure the iron is cool and use a little rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball to clean the plates.

  • K. Rupp K. Rupp on Feb 09, 2020

    I agree with Ann, use alcohol. You could also use vinegar especially If it has some caked on hair spray. Tea tree oil is great to clean with as well.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Feb 09, 2020

    Hello. I tend to use the same thing I clean my fabric steam iron with which is very gentle non abrasive white toothpaste. Alternatively they do sell iron cleaners in the detergent aisle at the grocery store, They look very much like the white toothpaste.

  • Chloe Crabtree Chloe Crabtree on Feb 09, 2020

    First, make sure that the flat iron is completely cooled off and soak a couple cotton balls in rubbing alcohol. Wipe the flat iron with your cotton balls and use a q-tip to clean nooks and crannies. After doing this, lightly moisten a clean cloth with water and wipe your flat iron again.

  • Dee Dee on Feb 09, 2020

    I spray mine with an Alcohol water and a drop of Dawn, then wipe down with a microfiber cloth. Of course you do this on a cold flat iron.

  • Mogie Mogie on Feb 09, 2020

    Turn off your ceramic flat iron and unplug it. Set it down on a heat-resistant mat (instead of directly on your countertop) to avoid leaving burn marks. Allow the flat iron to cool for about 5 minutes.

    Wipe down your lukewarm ceramic flat iron with a damp paper towel. The remaining warmth will help remove any traces of hair styling product that have just adhered to your styling tool. If there is old product buildup on your flat iron, however, you may spray it instead with a professional cleansing solution especially made for thermal hair styling tools. This will remove stubborn buildup without scratching your ceramic flat iron. Use a soft cloth or paper towel to wipe away residue that has loosened up.

    Reach into the tiny crevices on your ceramic flat iron with a cotton swab. This will lift away any dirt in spots that are too small to accommodate your finger. You may also use your nail rather than a cotton swab, as long as you cover your nail with the cloth or paper towel to avoid leaving scratch marks on your hairstyling tool.

    Step 4Avoid using abrasive solvents when cleaning your ceramic flat iron. Nail-polish remover, ammonia, spray-on oven cleaner and rubbing alcohol can each break down hardened styling product on your flat iron. Saturate a cotton ball with your solvent of choice and use this to wipe away product buildup. When you are finished, use a damp paper towel to wipe down your ceramic tool; this will clean off the solvent used, as you don't want to get it on your hair the next time you use your flat iron.

  • Cindy Cindy on Feb 09, 2020

    I use alcohol wipes on all my hair tools. I buy a box of 200 wipes at Wal Mart for a buck or two. I use them on many items.

  • Hi Rose - I let mine cool and then use an alcohol wipe or cotton ball soaked with alcohol. Hope this helps! Hugs, Holly

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Feb 11, 2020

    Take a couple of makeup wipes and clean it before it’s hot that does it

  • Michaella Michaella on Jun 01, 2021

    Just make sure to turn it off and don't use any harsh chemical solutions. Here's an informative step-by-step guide