How to Clean Your Hair Dryer

airventI must admit, I used to be a serial blow dryer replacer. I’d buy one, use it for 12-18 months and get a replacement after that. Once I notice that the hair dryer requires more and more time to dry my hair, I get rid of it and buy a new one. It turns out; all I need to do is to clean it. If only I had known about this then, it could have saved me thousands of dollars.

Cleaning your hair dryer is essential as it does not only extend the life of your styling tool; it also ensures safe use and improves your blowouts.

Follow these steps to get most out of your hair dryer.

What you’ll need

  • An old toothbrush
  • Toothpick
  • Paper towel or soft cloth


  1. Unplug your hair dryer and locate you the vent. In most, if not all, hair dryers the vent can be found at the back end.
  2. Remove the grill at the back end of the dryer to reveal the intake filter. Usually, it just twists off. Open it gently. You shouldn’t need to force it at all.
  3. Underneath the cap, you’ll likely find a buildup of lint. Use an old toothbrush to gently brush away any dirt, dust and debris that may have accumulated in the filter and filter screen.
  4. You can also use a toothpick to pull out debris in the filter.
  5. Wipe the crud of the toothbrush onto the paper towel or soft cloth every now and then. This way, you can be sure that the toothbrush is clean when you brush out more filth from the dryer.
  6. Replace the cap. Your hair dryer is now clean.

When was the last time you cleaned your hair dryer? Make sure to clean your hair dryer once a month to keep it from overheating. Remember, if the filter gets too clogged, the motor can overheat.

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