Flat irons have become an easy to use, everyday item for styling hair. We wash our hair regularly, but how often do we think about cleaning our flat iron? Whether using a flat iron which can be used on wet hair or a flat iron solely used on dry hair, they can accumulate minerals from the water or build up of product from our hair. Here are a few easy ways to clean your flat iron.
No matter what you’re using to clean your flat iron, make sure it is unplugged and completely cooled down before cleaning!
Rubbing alcohol can remove mineral residue your hair picks up from water in the shower. To remove any set in hard water from your flat iron, use a cotton ball, cotton swab, or rag to rub the alcohol over the plates of your flat iron. A cotton swab will work best for getting the edges of the plates and down into the neck of the flat iron. After the flat iron has been cleaned with the rubbing alcohol, wipe the plates down with a clean rag or cotton swab to absorb any excess alcohol which hasn’t evaporated.
*Tip: If you don’t have rubbing alcohol, vodka is a great substitute!
Baking Soda and Vinegar
The classic cleaning go-to! For more caked on products, such as hair spray, apply a thin layer of baking soda to the gook using a cotton ball or swab. Once the baking soda has been applied, use a spray bottle, cotton swab, or cotton ball to apply vinegar. Spray is a good choice, because it applied the vinegar without removing the baking soda to get the best reaction between the two cleaners. Let the baking soda and vinegar work their bubbly magic for about a minute or so, then remove the residue using a cotton ball, swab, or cloth. After the flat iron has been sufficiently cleaned, wipe down the flat iron with a little vinegar on a cloth, followed by a clean cloth, as baking soda can leave a white residue if not well cleaned. Nobody wants that in their hair!
*You can also use peroxide and baking soda in the same way you would use the vinegar and baking soda. Again, remember to wipe down the flat iron afterwards.
Because flat irons are in such high demand, there are specific cleaning sticks you can purchase at your local drug, department , or cosmetics store. When using a store bought cleaning stick, the best results come from a follow-up of the baking soda/peroxide treatment.
The above methods work best on metal plates. Ceramic plates can be a little more tricky as they have tiny little holes in the plates that can accumulate extra gunk that’s a little harder to remove. For ceramic plates, a toothbrush can do that trick – but be sure not to scrub too hard that you scratch the plates. The household staple of wonder, the Magic Eraser is also a great choice for removing stubborn build up on your flat iron. If you do use a Magic Eraser, wipe the flat iron down afterwards with a clean cloth to remove and residue left from the cleaner.
After a good cleaning, your flat iron will be good as new and ready to style! For best results, try to clean your flat iron once a week. Happy styling!