Add this to your list of things that you never think about cleaning but probably should. It’s time to learn how to clean a hair dryer filter!
Have you ever noticed bundles of dust collecting around the back side of your hair dryer? That is your hair dryer filter, and it is getting clogged.
I know it sounds ignorant, but in high school I just thought that dust collection was a normal sign of hair dryer aging. I ignored the dust until eventually the hair dryer started to smell funny (because the filter was completely clogged!) and instead of cleaning it, I threw it out.
Now I have a nicer (slightly more expensive) hair dryer and as I was drying my hair the other morning I took a second look at the lint collection at the back in the filter and realized that (duh!) the filter is REMOVABLE and very easy to clean.
Go check yours right now, I bet your hair dryer filter is also removable, also full of lint, and also very easy to clean. Here’s how…
- Remove your filter – mine was an easy twist-off version, but some require a screw driver to remove the protective plastic enclosure in order to get to the filter.
- Rinse out the filter and any detachable plastic parts under running water to remove lint and debris
- For the parts attached to the electric device, use a vacuum attachment to suck away excess dust and lint.
- Allow all parts to dry COMPLETELY, then enjoy your clean and improved hair dryer!
It’s pretty easy to clean a hair dryer filter – this took me all of 5 minutes to complete and what a difference it made! As someone who dries her hair almost daily (usually to dry off sweat after a hard workout…), taking proper care of my hair dryer is important.
The bonus to all of this is that the better we take care of our things, the less often we need to replace them, the more money we save in the process, and the less waste we produce. All good! So go check your hair dryer and give it a good clean and let me know how it goes!
Kait is the founder and editor of A Clean Bee. She is passionate about discovering natural, eco-friendly, and sustainable ways to clean and organize her home. Kait has been featured in online publications such as NBC News, Oprah Magazine, BuzzFeed and PopSugar for her expertise in natural cleaning techniques. She enjoys spending her off-time outside in her garden with her husband and their two small boys.