How to Clean Your Hairbrush

Last Updated on September 28, 2020 by Ellen Christian

Do you know how to clean your hairbrush? I’ll be honest with you. There was a point in time that when I saw my hairbrush was starting to look dingy I would just toss it and buy a new one. After all, they’re not expensive so I felt it was a justifiable expense. As I started to invest in better quality hairbrushes and accessories, I realized that tossing a $20 hairbrush probably wasn’t a very cost effective solution.

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How to clean your hairbrush naturally

How to Clean Your Hairbrush

It’s important to learn how to clean your hairbrush to remove not only hair but also oils and hair products that may be coating the bristles of your brush. While  cleaning your hairbrush will make it last longer, when your brush does start to show wear, it will need to be replaced. Broken bristles can snag, snap or break your hair which can create split ends.

  • Using a comb or your fingers, remove any hair from the hair brush.
  • Bring 3-4 cups of water to almost a boil on the stove. Do not boil. That may melt the brush. Heat until you see little bubbles rising from the bottom of the pan.
  • Add 3 tbsp baking soda to the water and stir to dissolve.
  • Put the brush into the water and baking soda mixture and work it gently into the brush and bristles to remove build up and oil.
  • If your brush has a wooden handle, do not immerse the wooden handle – only the bristles.
  • Remove from the water and rinse in clear water.
  • Allow to dry completely.

I try to clean my hairbrush at least every few months. How often you need to clean yours will depend on how oily your hair is and how many hair products you use on a daily basis. There will be build up from conditioner, styling products and hair spray.  Now that you know how to clean your hairbrush, when was the last time you cleaned your makeup brushes?

How to clean your hairbrush naturally

16 thoughts on “How to Clean Your Hairbrush”

  1. The most cleaning I do with my hairbrush is pulling out the hair from it. I never even thought to clean it.

  2. So awesome. Especially for kids’ hairbrushes and my dog’s too. Not sure if you have a post on this already, but I would love to know the best way to clean my makeup brushes too.  Especially the ones that I use to apply liquid foundation.  Thanks!

  3. I use a wide tooth comb not a hair brush and I have been using this same comb for about five years. I clean my makeup brushes after every use. Thank you for sharing this post, I found it very informative.


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