Tips to share: how to keep your hair brush clean

My hair has been long for as far as I can remember. And because of that, I prefer using hair brushes to combs as they remove tangles without tugging my hair too much. Now, this might sound really disgusting to you but I have only begun cleaning my hair brushes a couple of years ago. I didn’t clean them previously not because I am a disgusting and unhygienic woman, but because I had no idea we were supposed to clean them. So I’ve always just replaced my hair brushes with new ones whenever they looked old and dirty.

It started with a sudden cleaning urge
The idea of cleaning hair brushes came to me when I was cleaning my bathroom and I noticed the bottom of my toothbrush looking a little dirty. Horrified, I threw it away and got a new one but it got me thinking about my hair brush. Well, hair brushes have bristles too, and I don’t exactly replace them that frequently. So out of curiosity, I took an extremely close-up look at my hair brush. Thankfully, it wasn’t as dirty as I had anticipated, but it had some fabric and lint stuck to the bottom of the bristles, and I believe a ton of dead skin too.

Using a toothbrush to do the trick
I was really clueless as to how to go about cleaning my hair brush, so the first thing I did was rinse it under tap water while running my fingers as hard as I could through the bristles. And this was after I’ve removed all the remaining hair that was also stuck in it. If you can’t reach smaller hairs, try using a tweezer. But of course my fingers couldn’t reach to the bottom of the bristles to remove the fabric and the tweezer would only remove part of the lint and fabric, not the whole clump. So the next thing I did was soak it in warm water for a while, hoping to loosen the fabric stuck at the bottom. After that, I used an unused toothbrush to brush the bottom pad of the hair brush, between the bristles and rinsing it at the same time. That finally did the trick!

Keeping your hair brush clean is keeping your hair clean
Come to think of it, the fabric and lint caught at the bottom of the brush bristles were probably from the towel I used when toweling my hair dry, and over time they’ve built up to become those little dust balls. I remember seeing some yucky looking substance that I believe were the dead skin from my scalp. I can’t believe I was running my hair through these things after washing them clean! After that incident, I have been very careful in spotting dirt at the bottom of my brush and I clean them very regularly now.

Other ways to clean hair brushes
I checked up the web to find out if there were any other ways of cleaning hair brushes more efficiently, and some sites recommended using vinegar because it removes oil. Diluted hair shampoo was the second option in place of vinegar. I have yet to try those two methods but the vinegar method sounds reasonable. Sesame also mentioned that she uses a toothpick to lift up the hair, fabric and whatnots from between the bristles. I might just try these methods a try over the weekend.

Share your cleaning methods
How about you ladies? Do you clean your hair brushes regularly? And are you using other ways to clean your hair brushes? Do share as I’m interested to learn the best way.

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  1. says

    Yes I also use toothbrush to clean my comb/brush with soap or shampoo. There’s also a cleaning trick to brush your hair while it is shampooed before rinsing, though the key is that your brush must be cleaned regularly to make it work. If you haven’t cleaned your brush after a while then this tip won’t work. Though I must admit that I can’t say if brushinng during shampooing would do damage to our hair… Would you know??
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    • Cassie says

      Have you tried the brushing-hair-in-shower method? It sounds like it may break the hair as hair tends to get easily breakable when wet, at least mine does.

      • says

        I have tried that before and it was alright for my hair~ Though I seldom do that now simply because I forgot to bring my brush into the shower LOL
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  2. says

    LOL. This blog post is like a wake up call…I don’t think I ever scrutinize my hairbrush or wash it. But you are right. A clean hair brush should equal clean hair. Same theory as toothbrush right? Do you believe in certain bristles for better hair? Like the Acca Kappa hair brush? Been thinking of getting one after reading some reviews on it, but the price tag is keeping me back. What do you think?
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    • Cassie says

      It was indeed a wake up call for me! I’m not very particular or knowledgeable about hair brushes. In fact, I should start doing research on them I think!

  3. says

    I do not use brushes as they are hard to clean and I have short hair. I always wash my combs with soap and use a toothbrush every time I wash my hair. SO prevents buildup of dirt and oil
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  4. says

    when i was using a plastic comb, i used to soak them in warm diluted soap water.

    with the wooden hair brushes that i have now, i only use Q-tip to remove the hair caught in the comb, or just wet the Q-tip to give a gentle scrub.
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    • Cassie says

      Are wooden hair brushes any different from the plastic handles one? I’ve only always use those plastic ones and it seems to accumulate dirt faster than I’d prefer.

  5. Jenny says

    I put my combs and brushes into a sink that is plugged, then sprinkle baking soda liberally over them before pouring hot water to fill up the sink until the brushes are fully covered. The baking soda + hot water combination helps to dissolve the oily buildup. You can use a toothpick or used toothbrush to pick out the loose dust or hair prior. After half hour or so, wash the brushes with clean water.

  6. Michelle says

    I always clean my brush with a little shampoo and a small brush with bristles long enough to reach the bottom of my hair brush. That gets rid of everything.

  7. says

    I wash my brushes and combs frequently as well. I use a new brush and comb every week (I wash my hair 1-2 times a week) and then at the end of every month I wash all the brushes and combs.

    I put them in a basin of hot soapy water (usually hand soap or shampoo) and make sure the bristles of the brush face down. I then use one brush to clean all the combs and also rub that one brush over the other brushes to clean them. Then I use my fingers to clean the last is normally clean from all the work it did on the others.
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