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How to Clean a Curling Iron

It’s inevitable – the sticky, messy buildup accumulating on your curling iron. Use any of these methods to de-gunk and get on with the business of beautifying.


  • Step 1: Unplug and cool Unplug and completely cool your iron.
  • Step 2: Use lemon juice Soak an old rag in lemon juice and wrap it around the barrel of the iron. Let it soak for 15 minutes and wash clean.
  • Step 3: Apply baking soda Mix three parts baking soda with one part water to create a paste, and rub it gently into the cold barrel with a rag. Use a damp rag to wash the paste off.
  • Step 4: Use nail polish remover Wipe with nail polish remover as an alternative to baking soda. The acetone will remove residue in about 10 minutes.
  • TIP: Don’t leave on longer than 20 minutes or it could damage your iron.
  • Step 5: Scrub with steel wool If your iron is not coated with Teflon, scrub with a steel wool pad.
  • Step 6: Prevent build-up Prevent hairspray and gel from building up on your curling iron by wiping it with rubbing alcohol after each use.
  • FACT: Did you know? The Marcel Wave, created using heated irons, was named for Francois Marcel, a French hairdresser who invented the method in 1872.

You Will Need

  • Rags
  • Lemon juice
  • Baking soda
  • Nail polish remover
  • Steel wool
  • Rubbing Alcohol

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