- 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
- Lemon juice
- Baking soda
- Nail polish remover
- Steel wool
- Rubbing Alcohol