How to Clean Hair Brushes – Easy Step by Step Guide

hairbrush full of hair

How to Clean Hair Brushes – Easy Step by Step Guide

Let’s be straight and honest; we all wash our makeup brushes and toothbrush, but what about our hairbrushes? Do we clean them? Can I be totally honest with you? No, we don’t clean them!!

The utmost care that our poor hairbrush gets is pulling off hairs, and then it goes back to the cupboard- that’s all. Then for decades, we keep using our unwashed hairbrush. Isn’t it so? Sadly, it’s dead right!

Have you ever noticed there is something more in hairbrushes than broken hair? Yeah, over time, dead skin cells, lint, dust mites, and the natural oils from hair also accumulate in the hairbrush.

Your hair is your crown that gets ample of your care, but such contaminated hairbrush spoils that care and damages your hair.

According to Healthline findings, if a person routinely uses hair products like sprays and gels, he must clean his hairbrush every week. Contrarily, if these products are not excessively in use, cleaning every 2 to 3 weeks is also acceptable.

So, ready to wash your hairbrush, but how to do it? What are the hassle-free steps to wash the hair? Please read our article further to make your hairbrush gunk-free!

How to clean a hairbrush- An Ultimate Guide

The American Academy of Dermatology says that the average human sheds about 50 to 100 hairs a day, and most of them probably accumulate at the base of the hairbrush.

If cleaning the brush is not a part of a person’s hygiene routine, the residue deposition of debris on the hairbrush can lead to skin diseases, damaged hair, or hair fall.

Let’s plunge into the most important part of the article- Cleaning your hairbrush in 5 Steps!

1. Remove the Hair from Hairbrush

Whether you’re cleaning a round brush or a paddle brush, the first thing you need to do is remove hairs that are trapped in the bristles.

You can remove tangled hair by using the end of a rat tail comb to remove hair from the brush’s base. To make this step easy, you can make your hairbrush wet.

hair comd helping to clean hairbrush

  • If the brush has natural bristles, use the comb’s teeth for swift and efficient hair removal.
  • However, if your brush has ball-tipped bristles, it’s best not to use the comb’s teeth because, in this way, bristles will likely get caught in the teeth and rip out when you pull. 


scissors on hair brush

  • If you don’t have a rat tail comb, you can use any pointed thing like an ice pick, pencil, or pen.
  • You can also use a scissor to loosen the mass of hair. 

2. Create Your Cleaning Formula

After removing all the hair strands from the brush, fill a bowl with warm water, and add a few drops of clarifying shampoo. Clarifying shampoo is specifically fantastic for cleaning brushes. It’s formulated to be extra vigorous and tough on grime, dirt, and product build-up; moreover, you want to eliminate all other things from your brush. 


  • If you don’t have Clarifying Shampoo, at the moment, you can mix any regular shampoo with one or two spoons of baking soda; it will be a suitable replacement.
  • Additionally, you can also add a few drops of tea tree oil, which has antifungal and antibacterial properties. Keep swishing the cleaning agents in the water until soap suds formulate.

3. Dip and Shake- thorough cleaning

Clean your hairbrush- this step varies for every brush (plastic, wood, metal, etc.) depending upon the hairbrush’s type and material.

hairbrush and cleaning formula

  • If you have a plastic or metal brush without a padded base, you can dip it in the soapy water for three to five minutes.
  • If your brush is made up of wood or contains a padded base, then submerge the brush bristles only in the cleaning formula rather than dipping it fully.
  • You can thoroughly soak to brush with natural bristles (like boars’ hair), or you can go with a repeated dip-and-shake method.


The comb that you used for hair removal (in step 1) also needs to be washed as it also contains dirt and grime on it.

4. Scrub with a Toothbrush- go some extra miles

Though it is an optional step still, it throws wonders on your hairbrush. Use a clean and spare toothbrush to scrub the bristles of the brush.

Dip your brush’s bristles (plastic or natural) and a toothbrush in the soapy water for some time. Then scrub the bristles of the hairbrush with your toothbrush thoroughly.

toothbrush for hairbrush


Shibazaki gives an insider tip for washing two hairbrushes once. She says, “Rubbing two brushes together, loosens up any extra build-up on the hairbrush and makes the cleaning easier.”

5. Rinse and Dry

brush comparison

Here comes the last and most awaited step- rinsing and drying your brush to see it as a brand new brush. For removing cleaning agents, rinse the bristles of your brush in a clean bowl of water or running water from a sink.

Then shake the water from the brush, and set the brush bristle side down on a clean cotton towel. Now, let your hairbrush air-dry overnight.



You can also use a hairdryer to dry brush with a padded base as water can get trapped under the pad that can cause mildew and mold. 

Follow the above-stated easy steps to clean your hairbrushes and enjoy your hair-brushing.

girl with hairbrush


Hair is the richest ornament of both men and women. The hair care routine’s first step includes high quality and clean hairbrush, which is, unfortunately, very often.

Therefore, you need to deep wash your hairbrush at least after two weeks.

Use the mentioned above guide for effortless cleaning of your hair. After all, you deserve glowy and stunning hair.

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