How To Clean Your Flat Iron

Clean Flat Iron

Once again I am subjecting myself to humiliation for the sake of homemaking science by showing you another nasty appliance in my house. This time it’s my flat iron.

Why is it so gross you ask?  Well, let me tell you. I suffer from a serious condition called “poufy bangs” – combined with a wicked cowlick. Unless I straighten them everyday…(sometimes twice a day)…they just look ridiculous.

Problem is…I also use a fair amount of  HAIRSPRAY on them and when I use the flat iron on my hairsprayed hair…this is what ends up happening.
A serious case of “gunk build-up”. The things we do for vanity. :-)

In the past I would wait until it got REALLY, REALLY bad and then throw it away and get a new one….because I couldn’t find anything that would take it off. One day I was whining about my flat iron follies to my friend Danielle and she suggested I use the edge of a pair of scissors to scrape the gunk off. Afterall, the straightener is made out of CERAMIC. It actually worked quite well and didn’t do TOO much damage to the iron. The slight scarring it did was worth it though, because I didn’t have to buy a new one!  An expensive proposition.

Clean Flat Iron

As you can see from the pictures…the “gunk build-up” was approaching a serious level of gross and I was about to attack it with the scissors again when I decided to give my “miracle cleaner” a try.

Clean Flat Iron

Turns out this was hardly even a challenge for the “miracle cleaner”. :-)  I made my usual paste of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide and started rubbing it in with my fingers.  It immediately took all but the thickest parts of gunk off with hardly any effort at all.

This is what it looked like “AFTER”.

Clean Flat Iron

The main difference cleaning this small appliance vs. other things I’ve cleaned with the “miracle cleaner” was making sure I didn’t get any cleaner or water inside the iron that would mess up the electrical stuff.

So I was careful to keep the cleaning mixture just on the plates themselves and then I used a wet rag to wipe it all off when I was done instead of rinsing it.  It’s still working like a champ at taming my unruly poufy bangs, so I must have done OK.

My flat iron looks and feels like new!

Clean Flat Iron


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  1. Anonymous says

    If you ever need a new straightener the Vibe works AMAZING!!!! It nice too because it does as the same implies and vibrates so it gets the hair evenly over the flat irons.

  2. Anonymous says

    I NEVER would have tried dryer sheets until I read a post from above. I have used the peroxide & baking soda but its messy. I ran the dryer sheet through my flat iron once & IMMEDIATELY it was spotless!! Sticking to that trick from now on! Thank you!

  3. Jill Nystul says

    Excellent! I absolutely LOVE the exchange of ideas that the comments afford! :-) Thanks for sharing!

  4. Jill Nystul says

    Excellent! I absolutely LOVE the exchange of ideas that the comments afford! :-) Thanks for sharing!

  5. Anonymous says

    Chi? not Chi? Who really cares? The fact she was trying to get across what NOT the brand of flat iron but the fact she found a way to GET RID OF THE BUILD UP!

  6. Anonymous says

    What happened to,..if you can't say something nice don't say anything at all?? JS,..neway thanks for all the tips,..I will try each one and see which works best for me. Thank you and God Bless

  7. Sean and Bree McCrossan says

    using simple nail polish remove works way better than this… and take about 20 seconds to do… i do it every month

  8. beexm says

    I've used magic erasers in the past and they've worked great, but we usually don't keep them around unless it's spring cleaning time…These are all great tips for when I desperately need to clean my flat iron and can't run to the store, and so much more cost-effective! Thanks so much for sharing!:)

  9. Anonymous says

    I am an educator for farouk systems the company that makes chi and its a wonderful iron but just to add to the cleanliness of the iron if you use the chi products u will rarely have the gross hair spray build up .
    thanks for sharing