Thursday, March 7, 2013

How to Clean Your Curling Iron

Do you have a curling iron that looks like this?

 How many of you remember the days when you sprayed each piece of hair with hairspray before curling it? Am I the only one who did that as a teenager?

Well now that I've grown up a little, I no longer hairspray my hair before I curl it. I do however spray it with a heat protectant. As you can see it builds up on the curling iron over time.

The fix: grab a piece of steel wool {Not the kind with soap in it} and rub it gently all over the curling iron. In five minutes or less it will look as good as new.

Don't believe me? Just take a look at the results!

Look the clamp even closes all the way now that all that build up has been removed. And would you believe it works way better? I wonder why ;)

I have only tried this method on cheaper {$30ish or less} curling irons. It doesn't scratch it at all. If you have a really expensive one you may want to be a little cautious.

This works great on my straightener too.

Have any of you heard this tip before? Have you tried it before?

***UPDATE  05-13-13: My sister tried this today and it started to peel off the finish on her flat iron. I think it may depend on the type of curling iron or flat iron you have. I haven't had a problem. You may want to try it in an inconspicuous area or not at all if you're worried about it.***

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  1. I love this tip. I've heard of using some DIY cleaners but I really like this one too. I found you via A Glimpse Inside linky. I would love it if you stopped by my blog Angela Says: Tips for a Cleaner Home.

    Have a great day!

  2. Excellent tip! I've used rubbing alcohol to get the hairspray gunk off (yes, I still do it sometimes, shame on me) but now I'm going to tackle what's left with steel wool. Thanks for sharing it! Also, I wanted to invite you to join my How To Tuesday link party, if you haven't already joined . It would be wonderful to have you!

  3. Rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball works great and doesn't damage your curling iron.

  4. Rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball works great and doesn't damage your curling iron.