Cleaning Your Hair Brush | Anyclean

updated: 15/11/2023


You can ask house cleaning services to clean most things in your house, but there are some personal items you need to clean yourself. One of the most pesky of these is your hair brush. Removing all the hair caught up in it and then cleaning it seems to be both time consuming and difficult. Actually, it is quite easy. And what’s the point of shampooing your hair and then using a dirty brush on it?

Start by plucking out all the hair from the brush. How you do it depends on the type of bristles and the shape of the brush. Use your fingers, rub it with another brush, run a comb through the brush or even use a toothpick to pull up the hair. Any way is fine as long as it works.

Once you have the hair out of the brush, its time clean all the dirt and oil from it. What follows can be used for all brushes that do not have wood or rubber handles. Fill a basin large enough to immerse the brush in with warm to hot water do not use boiling water as that could melt the brush or damage the bristles. Add a teaspoon of any non medicated shampoo to the water and mix until you have a smooth and uniform solution.

Place the brush in this solution and allow it to soak for about 30 minutes. After this time use another hair brush or old toothbrush to scrub the brush clean. The soaking in the warm shampoo and water mixture will have loosened the oil and dirt in the brush. Scrub until you are sure the bush is clean, but do not use excessive pressure that may damage the bristles. If you have doubts about how clean the brush is, you can repeat the process.

Once you are sure that your brush is completely clean, rinse it thoroughly with cold water to remove any shampoo residue that may remain trapped in the bristles. Shake off the excess water and either hang it or lay it on a clean surface to air dry. Don’t try drying it with a towel threads from the towels may get caught up in the bristles.

If your brush is made out of wood or rubber, do not soak it as this could ruin it. Use a tooth brush dipped in soapy water to scrub the bristles and surrounding area while trying to keep the handle as dry as possible. Rinse out the brush and dry the wooden areas immediately.

About the author 

Nick Vassilev

Nick blogs about cleaning. He is a cleaning expert with more than 25 years of experience. He is also an NCCA-certified carpet cleaner. Founder and CEO of Anyclean.