Hairspray and other hair products can build up on your curling iron. Cleaning your curling iron will prevent this build up from transferring to your hair and ensures that the iron heats up evenly. This is a guide about cleaning a curling iron.
Use oven cleaner to clean stains from windows. Spray the glass, let it sit 5-10 minutes then wipe.
Use iron cleaner to clean a sticky curling iron and flat iron.
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By Monica from Cortez, CO
Save your money and use plain old rubbing alcohol (on a cotton pad or ball)! As a teen in the 1980's, I used *more* than my share of hairspray and had to clean my curling iron OFTEN. ;-)
How do I get hairspray off a curling iron?
By Beverly from Oswego, NY
Have you tried swabbing it with alcohol (make sure it's unplugged first!), I think the alcohol may dissolve the hairspray.
I also use alcohol too. I take an old sock and put the alcohol on it and it dissolves the hairspray.
As a retired hairstylist of thirty years I can honestly tell you the easiest way is to plug in the curling iron and have on the highest heat setting. Take a rag and make sure it's triple folded (to keep you from getting burned), wet it, squeeze most but not all of the water out. 'Unplug' the curling iron and immediately start wiping the iron with the damp rag. You may need to do it two or three times the first time out but after that it will only take once if you maintain on a regular basis :-) The same thing works for a clothes iron too ;-)
I use shampoo on a slightly wet cloth to clean hairspray off of things. A little goes a long way.
Tips for cleaning curling irons. Post your ideas.
For burnt on hair spray on your curling irons I used some easy off oven cleaner. I just sprayed the irons and let the solution sit for about 30 minutes (longer if they are really really dirty.) Then I used a copper pot scraper and presto! Clean just like new.
By LILLIE CAIN
When I usd a curling iron, I used rubbing alcohol to clean them. With the iron off and cold to the touch of course!
Try Steel Wool....I use this to clean mine, and the curling iron looks brand new.
try some lemon juice!:)
Does anyone have any ideas on cleaning curling irons? Mine work fine, but have dried hairspray and setting lotion on them. They look terrible. Just wondering if there is a way to clean them.
Vicki from TX
Use what you have handiest and most easy, hair shampoo. It removes it from your hair, it will do the same for your curling iron. (06/17/2008)
By Cariboo Lady
My daughter has a CHI flat iron and she was told to clean it with alcohol when it is either hot or cold. She says it works. (10/11/2008)
Use "Totally Awesome", a cleaner found at the Dollar Store for $ 1.00 per spray bottle. It works great. This stuff is so good it will take the paint off of walls. (06/17/2009)
Angela from AL
Actually Nail polish remover was enough to clean off my curling iron, but it was also just a thin coating. Pretty much any alcohol-based cleaning product will work.
Damp cloth! Don't scrub too hard to scrape off ceramic! (02/03/2007)
I wet a cotton ball in rubbing alcohol and rub it on mine. It dissolves the hairspray almost on contact, and dries just as fast. (11/10/2006)
I have used oven cleaner with great success! It takes off that burnt on mess!(10/31/2006)
I just take a wet (but not dripping) washcloth and roll it around and under the clip part of the iron and then all around the barrel again and just let it set for a few minutes. I do this with the curling iron hot but UNPLUGGED! When it is cool enough to touch I just rub the washcloth around and all the hairspray gunk wipes off of mine. No need for special cleaners, just use water and let it "steam". (10/28/2006)
To clean hairspray from a curling iron, even teflon coated, spray a little De-Solv-It on it, wipe with a paper towel, and you are finished. I tried this after trying alcohol, baking soda/water paste, fingernail polish remover, and ammonia. It was SO easy! (10/27/2006)
By Amanda from Copperas Cove, TX
To clean hairspray from a curling iron, even teflon coated, spray a little De-Solv-It on it, wipe with a paper towel, and you are finished. I tried this after trying alcohol, baking soda/water paste, fingernail polish remover, and ammonia. It was SO easy!
By Amanda from Copperas Cove, TX