Cleaning a Curling Iron

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November 23, 2011

Someone curling hair with a pink and black curling iron.Use iron cleaner to clean a sticky curling iron and flat iron.

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By Monica from Cortez, CO


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Use oven cleaner to clean stains from windows. Spray the glass, let it sit 5-10 minutes then wipe.


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March 8, 2005

Tips for cleaning curling irons. Post your ideas.


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March 8, 20050 found this helpful

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.



March 8, 20050 found this helpful

When I usd a curling iron, I used rubbing alcohol to clean them. With the iron off and cold to the touch of course!

By Tiff (Guest Post)
March 9, 20050 found this helpful

Try Steel Wool....I use this to clean mine, and the curling iron looks brand new.

By 2etbrd007 (Guest Post)
June 16, 20050 found this helpful

try some lemon juice!:)

By Andrea (Guest Post)
October 17, 20050 found this helpful

70% alchohol

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December 13, 2009

How do I get hairspray off a curling iron?

By Beverly from Oswego, NY


December 14, 20091 found this helpful

Have you tried swabbing it with alcohol (make sure it's unplugged first!), I think the alcohol may dissolve the hairspray.

December 18, 20091 found this helpful

I also use alcohol too. I take an old sock and put the alcohol on it and it dissolves the hairspray.


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December 20, 20090 found this helpful

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 ;-)

January 8, 20101 found this helpful

I use shampoo on a slightly wet cloth to clean hairspray off of things. A little goes a long way.

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December 13, 2009

Does anyone have any ideas on cleaning curling irons? Mine work fine, but have dried hairspray and setting lotion on them. They look terrible.


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