How to Clean Hair Brushes

How to Clean Hair Brushes

It’s important to regularly clean your wooden hair brushes in order to maintain healthy, clean hair. If you neglect to clean your brushes, you risk transferring dirt, oil, and other contaminants from your previous hairstyles onto your newly washed hair. Here are some simple steps you can follow to clean your hair brushes:

  • Remove any tangles or knots from the bristles of the brush using a comb or your fingers.
  • Rinse the bristles under lukewarm water to remove any excess hair and dirt.
  • Mix a small amount of shampoo or soap with lukewarm water in a bowl or sink. Dip the bristles of the brush into the cleaning agent and gently scrub the bristles to loosen any dirt or debris.
  • Rinse the brush thoroughly under lukewarm water to remove all soap or shampoo.
  • Lay the brush flat on a clean, dry towel and allow it to air dry completely before using it again.

By following these steps, you can help ensure that your hair brushes are clean and ready to use on your freshly washed hair.

Clean It: How Do I Do It?

Have you ever noticed that clean hair brushes and combs just feel better to use than dirty ones? That’s because they don’t have a build-up of dirt, slime, and other debris that can harm your hair. Even the residue left behind by hair products and your own natural oils can make your brushes and combs look grungy.

Maintaining the cleanliness of your hair brushes and combs is not only important for your own hygiene, but it can also improve the way you style your hair and keep it free of tangles. And there’s no need to throw out your old brush or comb just because it has accumulated lint over time. Here are some tips for keeping your hair brushes and combs clean and in good condition: 


1. Removing the Hair

To begin cleaning your hairbrush or comb, it’s best to do so in a bathroom rather than a kitchen. This is because loose hair can potentially fall into food and make it unhygienic to eat. To remove the hair from your brush or comb, use your fingers or a toothpick to pick out as much as possible. You can also wet the brush or comb under water to soften the hair, making it easier to remove. 

2. Dampen the Brush

To clean your comb or hair brush, apply a small amount of shampoo onto the bristles. Gently rub the bristles together using your hands, taking care to avoid being poked by the points. 

  • When applying the shampoo to the bristles, be sure to use a small amount. Too much shampoo can make it difficult to rinse the brush or comb thoroughly, leaving soap residue behind.
  • If you are using liquid shampoo, you can use your fingertips to gently massage the shampoo into the bristles. This will help to loosen any dirt or debris that may be stuck in the bristles.
  • Alternatively, you can use a bar of soap or a shampoo bar to clean your brushes and combs. Simply wet the bristles and rub the soap or shampoo bar over them to create a lather.
  • As you rub the bristles together, be sure to pay extra attention to the areas near the base of the bristles where dirt and debris tend to accumulate. Use a gentle circular motion to help loosen any tangles or knots.


3. Soak the Brush

To remove any remaining bits of hair and debris, you can soak your brush or comb in warm water with a small amount of baby shampoo or detergent. Baby shampoo is particularly effective for cleaning makeup brushes. The warm water and cleaning agent will soften and loosen any dirt or debris in the bristles. Alternatively, you can use a mixture of vinegar and water or baking soda and water to clean your hairbrushes and combs. To do so, combine half a cup of vinegar with half a cup of warm water and soak your brushes and combs for about half an hour, or mix baking soda with warm water 


and soak your brushes. However, be aware that certain types of hair brushes and combs should not be soaked in baking soda or water. These include cushioned brushes, wooden-bodied brushes, rubber brushes and combs, and natural boar bristle brushes. Water can damage the cushioning of cushioned brushes, cause wooden brushes and combs to absorb water and damage the finish, and cause natural boar bristle brushes to twist or curl due to the absorption of moisture.

4. Use a Toothbrush

To thoroughly clean the debris and residue from the bristles of your hair brushes and combs, you can use a toothbrush. It’s best to use a new toothbrush rather than one that has already been used. Gently scrub the bristles with the toothbrush, taking care to reach the root of the bristles. Once you have finished cleaning, be sure to rinse the combs and brushes well. It’s important to note that you should not use the same toothbrush for both your teeth and your hair.


Here are some additional ideas that you can consider adding to the passage on using a toothbrush to clean your hairbrushes and combs:

  • Before using the toothbrush, make sure to wet the bristles with water. This will help to loosen any dirt or debris that may be stuck in the bristles.
  • If you are using a toothbrush with a handle, hold the brush with the handle pointing down so that the bristles are facing upwards. This will make it easier to reach the root of the bristles and clean them more effectively.
  • If you are using a manual toothbrush, you may need to use a circular motion to scrub the bristles. Alternatively, if you are using an electric toothbrush, you can use the vibration of the brush to help loosen and remove dirt and debris.
  • After scrubbing the bristles with the toothbrush, be sure to rinse the brush or comb thoroughly to remove any soap or cleaning agent that may be left behind. You can also use a fine-toothed comb to remove any remaining tangles or knots.



5. Dry the Brush

After you have finished cleaning your combs and hair brushes, use a clean cotton towel to dry them off. Allow any remaining water to air dry on its own. It’s important to store the combs and brushes in a clean place after drying to prevent dirt, grime, and dust from sticking to them while they are still wet. 



6. Repeat

After your combs and hair brushes have dried, use a dry towel to gently remove any remaining dust or debris. And that’s it! Your hair brushes and combs are now clean and ready to be used to style your hair. To maintain the cleanliness of your hair tools, it’s recommended to wash them at least twice a month. This not only keeps your hair clean but also helps to keep it healthy.

Bonus Tips

“Here are some bonus tips for keeping your hair brushes and combs clean:

  • Remove any loose hair from your brushes and combs after each use to prevent the build-up of oil on your scalp and potential damage to your hair.
  • Clean your brushes and combs with an antimicrobial and gentle to avoid breaking the bristles.
  • Avoid using your fingers to scrub the brush, as it can be painful to get poked by a bristle or caught under a fingernail.
  • If you have learned some helpful tips for keeping your brushes and combs clean, feel free to share them in the comments below. We always love to hear from our readers! If you have any other house cleaning tips, we would also love to hear them.”


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