How to Clean a Hair Dryer Filter

Learn to clean your hair dryer filter. You'll extend the life of this handy tool and you'll save money.


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You Will Need

  • Tweezers
  • Small wire brush
  • Screwdriver
  • A vacuum cleaner with a hose attachment


  1. Step 1

    Know when your blow dryer needs a tuneup. Dryers can overheat or shut down if too much lint builds up. If the dryer runs too hot or the airflow seems weak, the filter should be cleaned.

  2. Step 2

    Unplug your hair dryer. Inspect the front and back grills. Remove any visible lint or hair with tweezers.

  3. Step 3

    Use a small wire brush to remove lint from any vents and wire screens.

  4. Step 4

    If your hair dryer has removable grills, pry them open with a screwdriver and remove the hair dryer filter.

  5. Step 5

    Wash or vacuum the filter with a hose attachment, according to manufacturer instructions.

  6. Let the filter dry completely.

  7. Step 6

    Use the hose attachment to vacuum side vents, grills, and, if you removed the grills, inside the dryer where lint is visible.

  8. Step 7

    Reassemble the hair dryer. Insert the filter and reattach the wire grills. You're ready for a good hair day!

  9. In the early 1900s, women used their vacuum cleaners as hair dryers by attaching a hose to the exhaust end.