How to Clean your Hairbrushes

How to Clean your Hairbrushes

Keeping your hairbrushes clean is an essential part of maintaining healthy hair. Hairbrushes collect hair, oil, and dirt that can build up over time, leading to an unclean and unhygienic tool that can spread bacteria and other harmful substances throughout your hair.

Cleaning your hairbrushes regularly will not only help to maintain your tool's hygiene but also improve your hair's overall health and appearance.

Here's a step-by-step guide on how to clean your hairbrushes.

Step 1: Remove the hair

The first step to cleaning your hairbrush is to remove any hair that has accumulated on the bristles. Use a comb or your fingers to gently pull the hair off the brush, starting from the outermost bristles and working your way inward. It's best to do this over a trash can or a sink to avoid getting hair all over the floor.

Step 2: Prepare a cleaning solution

Once you've removed the hair from your brush, it's time to prepare a cleaning solution. Fill a bowl with warm water and add a small amount of shampoo or dish soap. Swirl the solution around with your hand to create suds.

Step 3: Clean the brush

Dip the brush into the cleaning solution, making sure to submerge the bristles completely. Use your fingers to gently scrub the bristles, making sure to work the suds through the bristles and remove any dirt or oil that has built up. Pay special attention to the base of the bristles where dirt and oil tend to accumulate.

Step 4: Rinse the brush

After you've finished scrubbing the brush, rinse it thoroughly under running water to remove any remaining soap or dirt. Be sure to hold the brush with the bristles pointing down to avoid getting water into the base of the brush, which can cause damage to the bristles.

Step 5: Dry the brush

Once you've finished rinsing the brush, gently shake off any excess water and lay it flat on a clean towel. Allow the brush to air dry completely before using it again. It's important to make sure the brush is completely dry before using it to avoid any damage or molding.

Step 6: Deep clean the brush

If your brush is particularly dirty or has a lot of build-up, you may want to do a deep clean. To do this, mix equal parts of baking soda and water to create a paste. Dip an old toothbrush or a cleaning brush into the paste and use it to scrub the bristles of the brush. Rinse thoroughly and allow the brush to air dry.

Step 7: Store the brush properly

Once your brush is completely dry, store it properly to avoid any further build-up. Store your brush with the bristles facing down to avoid dirt or dust from settling into the bristles. You can also store your brush in a clean container or in a drawer to protect it from dust and other debris.

Tips for Maintaining Clean Hairbrushes

Maintaining clean hairbrushes is not just about cleaning them regularly but also about adopting some practices that prevent the buildup of dirt and oil. 

Here are some tips for maintaining clean hairbrushes:

  • Clean your hairbrushes at least once a week to avoid build-up and maintain hygiene.
  • Use a fine-tooth comb or scissors to cut through any hair that is tangled around the brush bristles.
  • Avoid using hot water on your hairbrushes, as it can damage the bristles.
  • Don't use a hairdryer to dry your hairbrushes, as it can melt the bristles.
  • If you have long hair, consider using a wide-tooth comb or detangling brush to remove tangles before using a hairbrush.
  • If you have a wooden hairbrush, avoid soaking it in water for too long, as it can cause the wood to warp or split.


Cleaning your hairbrushes is not rocket science, but it is an important part of maintaining healthy hair. It's like cleaning your teeth; you wouldn't want to use a dirty toothbrush, would you? So, show your hairbrush some love and give it a good clean every now and then. It's a small effort that can make a big difference in the health and appearance of your hair.

Plus, your hairbrush will appreciate the attention and might just reward you with a good hair day. So, happy hairbrush cleaning!

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