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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.


  • 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.
  • TIP: Let the filter dry completely.
  • 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!
  • FACT: In the early 1900s, women used their vacuum cleaners as hair dryers by attaching a hose to the exhaust end.

You Will Need

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

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