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.

You will need

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

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.

Step 2 Unplug your hair dryer. Inspect the front and back grills. Remove any visible lint or hair with tweezers.

Step 3 Use a small wire brush to remove lint from any vents and wire screens.

Step 4 If your hair dryer has removable grills, pry them open with a screwdriver and remove the hair dryer filter.

Step 5 Wash or vacuum the filter with a hose attachment, according to manufacturer instructions.

Step 6 Use the hose attachment to vacuum side vents, grills, and, if you removed the grills, inside the dryer where lint is visible.

Step 7 Reassemble the hair dryer. Insert the filter and reattach the wire grills. You’re ready for a good hair day!