2/15/2012

Wednesday's Beauty Tip


Beauty Tip of the Week

Yesterday I went to use my Hot Tools Curling Iron that I've had for about a year now and couldn't believe how gross it was. You could just see all the hairspray and other hair products built up. 

Yuk! Just look at this scary picture....




I obviously needed to clean it and after realizing how disgusting it was I couldn't imagine letting it touch my clean hair. There are a few different ways you can do this. 

Rubbing Alcohol:
Turn your curling iron on for a few seconds to warm it up, it's easier to clean if it's warm. Then unplug your iron,  But make sure the ron is not too warm that it would hurt your fingers and dip a cloth in rubbing alcohol and start scrubbing the plates of the curling iron. Depending on how dirty yours is you might have to do this a few times to get it clean. After it's clean, dry it off with a clean cloth to avoid rust stains. 91% Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol works better than 70% because the concentration is higher. 

Oven Cleaner:
If it's been a while since you cleaned it or never have, you might need something stronger like Oven Cleaner. Again, plug your curling iron in for a few seconds to warm up. Then unplug and place your iron on a surface that wont be affected by the oven cleaner. Make sure to wrap the cord and the plastic handle in a rag or towel so you don't ruin it. Spray the barrel with the oven cleaner and let it sit for 15 or 20 minutes. Then wipe it off with a damp towel and make sure it's clean.

I used the alcohol method this time but I think I needed oven cleaner to get it 100% clean. I'm happy with how much cleaner it is now though.  At least I won't be grossed out using it my hair.


If you can remember, wipe your curling iron with some alcohol (or alcohol wipes) after you finish using it each time or every other time. That will you will get off any hair products that might have adhered to your iron during use. 

How many of you are guilty of letting your curling irons get really gross? What method do you use to clean your curling or flat irons?



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14 comments:

  1. This is a great tip! I don't have a curling iron but I will certainly remember for my flat iron.

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  2. I am so guilty of this! My curling and flat irons are usually gross! I usually wait until my little sister comes home from college and she cleans  it for me...she's usually grossed out by it enough to do something about it immediately! LOL!

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  4. I'm glad you liked it :))

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  5. LOL!!! That's how I was, I didn't even realize how gross mine got. Thank god we can clean them. Im gonna try and it wipe it off everytime or every other time I use it so it doesn't get as bad :)

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  7. jagsmitty9:06 PM

    I'm so guilty of this!! Both my curler and my flat iron get this gunk looking stuff on it. I usually take a wet towel when they are off and wipe it them down. Which reminds me they are both pretty bad now, I should go clean them....lol!
    Xo, Smitty

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  8. glossandglitz12:49 AM

    Ok seriously Kelly I literally just cleaned ALL my irons 3 days ago because they were DISGUSTING!!! lolol.... I gotta try the oven cleaner one;) 
    brilliant! 
    xox janna

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  9. BeautyByKrystal2:21 AM

    WOW! What a difference! 

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  10. lol. So am I, at least you do that. That's why mine looked so bad.

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  11. That's funny, mine was disgusting!! I was not letting that thing touch my hair. I need to get in the habit of cleaning mine every time I use i so I dont have to go through that again! lol

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  12. I know, and I didn't even get half of it cleaned!! lol

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  13. Holy shit! That's crazy, I also am guilty of having dirty curling irons. I had no idea how to clean them properly.. I was thinking of using steel wool lol. Good idea for a post!

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  14. LOL!! I know, mine was disgusting. I dont know about steel wool, it might work though lol.
    thanks doll!

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