How to Clean Your Flat Iron at Home and Make It Looks Like New

Flat irons are probably the most popular hair tools worldwide. With it you cannot just straighten your hair; you can make different hairstyles with this tool. Even you can make curls and waves with it as well. So, it’s nowadays a great replacement of curling iron and an all in one hair tool solution for every girl and woman around the world. But in recent, we are getting complaints about the longevity of these hair styling tools and girls do not get much of its performance as the expected. We suggested them to buy a professional or high-quality hair straightener but the problems remain. Featured Image of How to Clean Flat Irons Why is this happening then? It is happening because you are not doing proper care of your flat iron. Or you are not using it properly. Whether you are doing one or both, you will end up with frustration as you will be not going to get the expected performance from your hair iron. And that will be not going to be the only issue. Using unclean, bad condition hair straightener, your hair can get serious damage gradually. Besides, when you are straightening your hair, the hair products, and oils on your hair goes to the flat iron’s plate and building up residue day by day. This will result in uneven heat distribution which you may not want. The dirty hair straightener can also cause hair damage and split ends. So, no matter what your hair health should be your first priority, right? So, using a clean, good condition flat iron is a must. So, today we are going to show you how you can keep your flat iron in optimal condition and how to clean it properly. Let’s begin.

Cleaning the flat iron is not that hard task. It is easy, simple and requires a few simple things. What you need is:

  • Cotton balls
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Nail Polish Remover
  • Warm Water
  • Baking Soda
  • Hydrogen Peroxide Gel
  • An unused or old toothbrush
  • A piece of damp cloth or paper towel
  • Vinegar
  • Creams relaxer
  • Moisten cloth
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Do not worry. You are not going to need or buy all of the items as there are some different steps. Each step requires 2-3 items from the above. We are going to show you all the steps. It will be your choice which steps you are going to follow.

Method 1 # General Cleaning

General Cleaning Method of Flat Irons

Here you are gonna need just a paper towel or a piece of damp cloth and a professional cleaning solution like Koala Kleaner.

First, heat up your flat iron for a few minutes in the lowest temperature setting. Then turn it off and unplug it. Heating up the plates will loosen the buildup residue and help you to clean with less effort.

Now let it cool and rest it on a heat resistant surface for about 5 minutes.

While the iron is nearly cool down (not completely), take a damp cloth or paper towel and wipe the surfaces of the flat iron. Spray the cleaning solution and clean the iron again and completely.

Method 2 # Cleaning With Cotton Ball and Rubbing Alcohol

Flat Irons Cleaning Method of Cotton Ball and Rubbing Alcohol
Cotton Ball & Rubbing Alcohol

In this method you will need some cotton ball, rubbing alcohol and a wet cloth.

This time let your flat iron cool down completely. Then take a cotton ball, dip into the rubbing alcohol, and wipe the plate surface of the iron with it. You can use your fingers to pressure the cotton ball and clean all the crannies and nooks from the plate surface.

After cleaning with the cotton ball, take a piece of wet cloth and wipe the whole flat iron clean the existing alcohol and the dirt left on the plates.

Method 3 # Cleaning With Nail Polish Remover and Warm Water

Flat Irons Cleaning Method of Cotton Ball and Nail Polish Remover
Cotton Ball & Nail Polish Remover

Here you will need a cotton ball, nail polish remover and some warm water.

First, tip some nail polish remover on your flat iron plates, and then rub the whole surface with the cotton ball. Rub gently in a circular motion. Force on the dark places where you see most of the build-ups. After finishing take a clean cloth and soak it with warm water. Then wipe the whole straightener with it.

Let the iron dry completely before plugging it again. By this method, you can remove soft residue and dirt from your flat iron. For advanced cleaning see the next method.

Method 4 # Advanced Cleaning

In this advanced cleaning method, you will need baking soda, magic eraser/toothbrush, vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, creams relaxer and moisten cloth.

First, take ¼ cup of baking soda and mix it with some vinegar or hydrogen peroxide (which will available with you). Mix it very well.

Apply the paste on the flat iron’s plates with your fingers.

Use a magic eraser or a toothbrush (we prefer magic eraser), and rub with it the whole surface of the straightener. Continue gently rubbing with a little force until the gunk and another residue disappears. Wipe with a damp cloth.

You can use a cream relaxer to perform more advanced cleaning. Drip 12-15 drops of cream relaxer on the flat iron plates when it is fully cool. Here we use Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil Professional Creme Relaxer.

Now use your fingers to spread the relaxer evenly. Plugin your flat iron and heat it for approximately 10-15 minutes. After that, unplug it and let it cool.

When it becomes nearly cool, wipe the cream with moistening the cloth. Your flat iron will be super clean and look like new.


Whenever you hear about flat irons, most of the time you hear only about how to use them properly and how to protect your hair while using it. You may know the drill completely by know but your little ignorance matters to your hairs. That’s why we thought this is going to be a great help for you and make you conscious about your little ignorance which could be a serious issue for your hair health. Hope you can now understand why your flat irons need to be cleaned and how to do it properly. If there is still any question in your mind, please let us know.


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