How to Clean Vents on Hair Blow Dryers


Take a look at the back of your hand-held hair blow dryer. If you see a thick coating of lint on the intake filter (commonly mistaken for a vent), it’s time to clean it. This is a simple process that keeps your blow dryer functioning optimally and prevents it from dying prematurely or becoming overheated during use.

Things You'll Need

  • Toothbrush
  • Vacuum cleaner with hose attachment
  • Tweezers
  • Open or remove the grill of the intake filter, located on the back of your hair dryer.

  • Use the dry toothbrush to brush away the dust and lint build-up on the filter and the grill. Remove the filter if possible and continue brushing away as much debris as possible.

  • Use the hose attachment on your vacuum cleaner to suck away any stubborn debris at the filter site. If any particles still remain after vacuuming, remove them with tweezers.

  • Replace the intake filter if you have removed it. Replace or close the grill.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not attempt to clean your blow dryer while it is plugged in or on as this may pose electrocution risks.

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