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How to clean hair straighteners

Knowing how to clean straightener plates properly will help you get soft, shiny locks every time.


By Cleanipedia Team

A pair of clean hair straighteners and other hair styling tools

Key steps

  • Turn your straighteners off and unplug them.
  • Allow them to cool, but you can clean them while they’re still a little warm.
  • Dip cotton balls in rubbing alcohol and wipe down the plates.
  • Use a toothbrush to scrub caked-on product.
  • Clean your straighteners at least once a week.

Hair straighteners are an invaluable styling tool for many, but have you ever thought about how to keep them in good condition? Even though they come into contact with our hair on a regular basis, most of us don't know how to clean ghd plates and other straighteners. Give your tresses a treat — here we’ll show you the correct process to follow for how to clean straighteners.

Wondering how to clean straightener plates? To get the best effect, allow them to cool, but remain warm before cleaning. Ensure they are off and unplugged prior to cleaning, however!

How to clean hair straightener plates: a step-by-step guide

What you need:

  • Cotton balls
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Microfibre cloth

The method: how to clean GHDs and other straighteners:

  1. Turn your hair straighteners off and unplug them from the wall prior to cleaning.
  2. Allow the straighteners to cool. For a better effect, you can clean them while they’re still warm to the touch — as long as they are switched off, unplugged and cooled enough to touch safely.
  3. Dip cotton balls into the rubbing alcohol.
  4. Wipe down the plates with the cotton balls.
  5. Use a damp, clean, microfibre cloth to clean any loose residue and rubbing alcohol from the straightener plate surface.
  6. For stubborn, caked-on hair product, use a clean toothbrush to gently scrub the surface and remove the grime.
  7. Make sure you clean your straighteners at least once a week. This will keep them from becoming damaged through lack of cleaning.
  8. Decided not to straighten your hair today, but still needed to give it a brush? Read our guide for how to clean your hair brush to keep it looking and working great.

Learning how to clean ghd straighteners to ensure they are ready for use when you next need them isn’t as hard or time-consuming as you might think, and the results will be worth it – no more tresses in distress!

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