Girls are often worried about cleaning their beautiful hair straighteners, since they like things to be managed and nice. Flat irons often get nasty both from outside and inside due to long-term use. Plus, use of relaxing creams, serums, hair sprays and heat protectants leaves stains and builds a thick layer of “gunk” that not only looks dirty and unmanaged but also reduces performance to some extent.
So, if you’re facing the same struggle with yours so don’t just opt for getting a new one. Following are some cool ways with which you can make your many years old tool look as brand new hair straightener, like you’ve just purchased it!
4 Best Ways To Clean Any Flat Iron
Method 01: Damp Towel / Mat
You will need:
- Heat resistance mat/ damp towel
- Paper towel
- Professional cleaning spray
- Dry towel
Plug in your flat iron and set it to the lowest heat setting. Let it heat up for few minutes so that it will lose the muck and buildup gunk on the ceramic plates surface.
Instead of depending on flat irons auto shut off feature, Plug it out and place it on a heat-resistance mat and let it cool slightly for 2-3 minutes. (You can also use a damp towel in case there is no heat-resistance mat)
Use a damp towel or paper towel soaked in warm water and wipe your iron plates with it. You will remove all basic dirt with this first.
Proceed with professional cleaning spray from any brand. Spray it on the plates and wipe with a towel. It will help remove all buildup gunk and your iron will be completely new.
Method 02: Cotton Ball
You will need:
First make sure your iron is completely cool. Dip a cotton ball in rubbing alcohol and wipe the surface of plates with it. Make a Q-Tip of the cotton ball with the help of your fingers and rub on any sort of crannies and nooks present on the plate with some force.
After doing this, wipe it again with a wet cloth so that there will be no drop of alcohol and dirt left on it.
Method 03: Baking Soda / Vinegar
Since, alcohol may damage finishing of ceramic plates and oxidizes titanium plates of flat iron. So, Baking Soda/ Vinegar is a good alternate to clean flat iron without alcohol. Chi and BabylissPro flat iron uses mostly ceramic and titanium plates, so if you do have them then use this method to get burnt hairspray off and make your burnt hair straighteners plates clean like new without damages. For this you will need:
Take a ¼ cup of baking soda and add some hydrogen peroxide and/or some vinegar to it to give the paste consistency. Mix it well leaving no lumps at all.
Apply this paste to the plates of your flatiron with your fingers.
Use a tooth brush or magic eraser and gently rub the surface of plates with force until the gunks due to hairsprays and other products disappears.
Clean it with a piece of cloth and you will see no gunks at all.
Method 04: Creams Relaxer
You will need:
- Creams relaxer
- Moisten cloth
Pour 12-15 drops of cream relaxer on the plates while the iron is completely cool.
Spread the relaxer with your fingers evenly
Plug in the iron and let it get extremely hot for 10-15 minutes approx…
Plug out the iron and let it cool.
As soon as it cools down, wipe the cream relaxer with the moisten cloth. Your iron will be super clean. No gunks, no mucks, no crannies at all.
Use any of these methods and make your iron as clean as brand new!