Have you ever wondered why your hair dryer isn’t working as well as it used to? The secret to keeping it running like new might just be in how you clean it. Learning how to clean a hair dryer is easy and super important for making sure it works its best and lasts a long time. Over time, hair dryers can get clogged with dust and hair, which can make them less efficient and even a bit unsafe. In this article, we’ll take you through the simple steps of cleaning your hair dryer. Not only will this keep your dryer in top shape, but it will also make sure it’s safe to use. So, let’s dive into the world of hair dryer care and discover how to give your trusty tool the clean-up it deserves!

How to Clean a Dirty Hair Dryer

How To Clean a Hair Dryer

Knowing how to clean a hair dryer is essential to having it work for years. It is also important to keep your hair healthy. Let’s dive in.

Table of Contents:

  1. Understanding Your Hair Dryer
  2. How Hair Dryer get Dirty
  3. Material You will Need
  4. Step by Step Cleaning Process
  5. When To Seek Professional Help

Understanding Your Hair Dryer

Before we jump into how to clean a hair dryer, let’s get to know this handy tool a bit better. A hair dryer might look simple, but it has several important parts that work together as a system to dry your hair. Knowing about these elements will help you understand why keeping them clean is so important.

  1. The Body: This is the outer part of the hair dryer that you hold. It’s usually made of plastic and contains the motor, the heating element, circuitry & sensors.
  2. The Motor: Think of the motor as the heart of your hair dryer. It powers a fan that blows air.
  3. The Heating Element: When the air from the fan passes through the heating element, it gets warm. This warm air is what dries your hair.
  4. The Fan: This part blows the air out of the hair dryer. It’s important for the air to flow smoothly for the dryer to work well and efficiently.
  5. Circuitry and sensors: This is the brains of the dryer that keep the dryer working properly, keeping the air flow at the right temperature.
  6. The Air Intake Filter: This is a little screen or grid usually found on the back of the dryer. It sucks in air from the room to blow through the dryer. When it gets clogged with dust or hair, the dryer can overheat or stop working as well.

Each part of your hair dryer plays a big role in getting your hair dry. If one part gets dirty or clogged, your dryer might not work right. That’s why cleaning each part carefully is key to a happy, healthy hair dryer.


How Hair Dryer Gets Dirty

Apart from the body of the hair dryer getting dirty, there are other more severe elements that need attention. Number one area that you need to pay attention to is the Air Filter of the Hair dryer. It will be on the bottom of the handle or on the back of the hair dryer. Usually all you have to do is twist to open it. But, take a look at your manual if you do not know where it is.

Tineco Hair Dryer Filter
Filter at the back – Tineco Hair Dryer Air Filter
Dyson Supersonic Filter
Filter on the Handle – Dyson Supersonic Air Filter

When the Air filter gets clogged with debris like hair and dust, the Hair Dryer starts working inefficiently. There is a point when you will damage the hairdryer beyond repair. If the air inlet is fully clogged, the motor starts working harder and overheating. The heat will ultimately damage the circuitry, motor, fan, and can cause a fire.

T3 Hair Dryer - Clogged Filter

If you are in a dusty area, it is very easy for the filter to get clogged. You can see the filter in the photo needs to cleaned on this T3 hair dryer. It is a relatively easy process outlined below.

Furthermore, it can be very damaging on the hair if the circuitry get damaged. The temperature settings can get changed without you noticing it (if you are not paying attention). With a damaged hair dryer you maybe putting too much heat on the hair, increasing the risk of hair damage. On the other hand, if the temperature is too low, you might be spending too much time dryeing the hair, which can be an annoyance.

If you notice any changes in the hair dryer, take a look at the section below.


Materials You Will Need

“To get started with cleaning your hair dryer, you don’t need a lot of fancy tools. Just a few simple things you can easily find around your house. Here’s a list of what you’ll need to do a good job:

  1. Soft Brush or Toothbrush: This will help you gently remove dust and lint from the filter and other parts of the dryer. Make sure it’s clean before you use it.
  2. Tweezers: These are great for pulling out any strands of hair that might be stuck in the filter or other parts of the dryer.
  3. Cloth: A soft, dry cloth is perfect for wiping down the outside of the dryer. If it’s really dirty, you might need a slightly damp cloth, but make sure it’s not too wet.
  4. Mild Detergent: If there are some stubborn spots or dirt, a little bit of mild detergent mixed with water can help. Remember, just a tiny bit is enough.
  5. Toothpick or Cotton Swab: These can help you get into really small spaces or corners that might be hard to reach with a brush.
  6. Screwdriver (Optional): If your hair dryer’s back cover is fastened with screws, you might need a screwdriver. But remember, only do this if you’re sure it’s safe and you know how to put it back together.

Gathering these items before you start will make the cleaning process smooth and easy. With these tools in hand, you’re all set to give your hair dryer a thorough clean-up!”


Step-by-Step Cleaning Process

“Now that you have all your tools ready, let’s dive into how to clean a hair dryer. It’s a simple process, but it’s important to do it carefully and regularly. Follow these steps, and your hair dryer will be as good as new in no time!

  1. Unplug Your Hair Dryer: Safety first! Always make sure your hair dryer is unplugged before you start cleaning it.
  2. Clean the Exterior: Use your soft cloth to wipe down the outside of the dryer. If there are sticky or tough spots, slightly dampen the cloth with water and a tiny bit of mild detergent, then gently wipe it clean.
  3. Remove and Clean the Filter: This is a crucial step in learning how to clean a hair dryer. The filter is usually located at the back of the dryer. If it’s removable, take it out carefully. Use your soft brush or toothbrush to gently remove any lint and dust from the filter. If you find hair tangled in it, use tweezers to carefully pull it out.
  4. Check the Interior: If you can see lint or dust inside the dryer where the filter was, use a toothpick or cotton swab to gently clean those areas. Be careful not to poke anything too far inside.
  5. Wipe Down and Reassemble: Once everything is clean, use a dry cloth to wipe down the filter and the area it was in. If you used water, make sure everything is completely dry before you put the filter back in.
  6. Final Check and Test: After reassembling your dryer, give it a quick look to make sure everything is back in place. Then, plug it in and turn it on for a moment to make sure it’s working properly.

Remember, keeping your hair dryer clean is not just about making it look nice; it’s about making it work efficiently and safely. Regular cleaning, as we’ve outlined in these steps, will extend the life of your dryer and keep it performing at its best.


When to Seek Professional Help

Even with regular cleaning and care, there might be times when your hair dryer needs a professional’s touch or you might need a new one. It’s important to know when to seek help rather than trying to fix everything yourself. Here are some signs that it’s time to get professional help:

  1. Strange Noises or Smells: If your hair dryer starts making unusual sounds or smells like something is burning, it’s a clear signal that something’s not right.
  2. Not Heating Properly: If the dryer isn’t heating up as it should, or if it’s getting too hot, there could be an internal problem.
  3. Electrical Issues: Any sparking, problems with the cord, or issues with the plug are serious safety concerns and need professional attention.
  4. Physical Damage: If you notice any cracks, loose parts, or anything that seems out of place, it’s better to have it checked out.

Remember, trying to fix these issues on your own can be technical. Professionals know exactly how to handle these problems and have the right tools to do it safely. Or, you could opt for a new model.

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Conclusion: How To Clean a Hair Dryer

As we wrap up our guide on how to clean a hair dryer, remember that this simple task can make a big difference. Regular cleaning keeps your dryer working efficiently, extends its lifespan, and ensures your safety. It’s a small effort that goes a long way in maintaining your trusty styling tool. So, take the time to give your hair dryer the care it deserves. With these easy steps, you’ll not only save money on repairs or replacements but also enjoy a better, safer hair styling experience. Keep your dryer clean, and it will keep your hair looking fabulous!


Edited by Milabu

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