How To: Clean a hair dryer filter

Clean a hair dryer filter

Learn to clean your hair dryer filter. You'll extend the life of this handy tool and you'll save money.


Step 1
Know when your blow dryer needs a tuneup. Dryers can overheat or shut down if too much lint builds up. If the dryer runs too hot or the airflow seems weak, the filter should be cleaned.

Step 2
Unplug your hair dryer. Inspect the front and back grills. Remove any visible lint or hair with tweezers.

Step 3
Use a small wire brush to remove lint from any vents and wire screens.

Step 4
If your hair dryer has removable grills, pry them open with a screwdriver and remove the hair dryer filter.

Step 5
Wash or vacuum the filter with a hose attachment, according to manufacturer instructions.

Let the filter dry completely.

Step 6
Use the hose attachment to vacuum side vents, grills, and, if you removed the grills, inside the dryer where lint is visible.

Step 7
Reassemble the hair dryer. Insert the filter and reattach the wire grills. You're ready for a good hair day!

Fact: In the early 1900s, women used their vacuum cleaners as hair dryers by attaching a hose to the exhaust end.

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