How to: Clean Hair brushes

I have been meaning to post this post for a while. Today I finally got a chance to take some pics and write about it. This is the first of the How To series. If you like it, please let me know so I can do more.

Everyone has this problem, once you have a hair brush it gets dirty and cleaning it is a mess in itself. Here are a few steps I followed which made it easy for me. In this post, I am using my oval cushion brush from Revlon. I love this brush, it adds shine to my hair and when it became dirty, I felt sad not knowing how to clean it. I could get almost all of the hair out, but the dirt on the bristles was another issue.

Here are the things needed:
Yep, you need a hair brush first. 🙂 This method can be used to all the hairbrushes (as far as I can say). I have tried it with my flat comb too. It’s easy and little to no effort. The second thing you need is dish washing detergent or a shampoo. I used Dawn dish washing foam, for my first trial as I thought it would get the dirt as well as oils out of the brush. The third thing you need is an old toothbrush. The last and important thing is a bowl of warm water or a sink. I used a sink.

Steps to follow:
Even though I did not get to grab a pic, first and foremost you need to get all the hair trapped in the brush, out. I used toothpicks, scissors anything small and flat that can get through the bristles to the base of the comb. Get all the hair out. Then follow these steps.
Step 1: Fill up your sink or bowl with hot water and add some drops of Dawn or Shampoo to it. Dip your hair brush and toothbrush in and start scrubbing. (I applied some of the Dawn foam as a toothpaste to the toothbrush and then, brushed through the bristles). I brushed for a good 5 minutes in every angle possible and tried to reach every nook and corner of the bristles (This was my first time and I wanted to be thorough)
Step 2: Leave your brush in the sink/bowl for 10 min.
Step 3: Take the brush out, rinse it in clean water and dry it out an a clean towel. I used a paper towel. Let it dry overnight. (time to dry may be more or less depending on the type of hair brushes/combs)

Next morning, Tada!!! My brush was back to its former glory. I was so happy to see it clean and shiny.

Yep, my brush was really dirty as you can see in the picture, and I was using its substitute for a while now. So, I can use my old brush while I get the new one cleaned. That’s the way to do it, don’t you think?

Please feel free to comment and like this post, if you found it useful. 🙂
Follow me on Twitter @anithamallya and on instagram @anithaprabhu

About Anitha Mallya
Find it from my blog :)

108 Responses to How to: Clean Hair brushes

  1. Sarah says:

    After getting as much hair out as possible, I run it through the dishwasher in the top rack. Comes out sparkling clean every time!

    • kate says:

      I’m a hairdresser, and I have lots of dirty brushes to deal with. Don’t want to gross anybody out, but after removing as much hair as possible, I throw them in the washing machine with my shop towels. Perfectly clean!!

      • Amy says:

        not gross and sounds like a great idea for the home too!!!

      • I have always washed mine in with my white clothes so they get bleached too. My mother did this when I was a small child, I’m still using the same Modern Method hair brush for 30 years, so I know it will not harm it. I don’t think they make this brush any more, if anyone knows if they are still made let me know. It was a simular company like Stanley or Fuller brush company.

      • Nancy says:

        Yep, this is what I do with mine also. Not a hairdresser just picked this tip up some place.

      • J. says:

        That’s exactly what I do, too. I get out as much hair as possible, then throw it in with bath towels.

      • Delia Lazo says:

        Fantastic idea.

    • jennkim2013 says:

      This is awesome. I have mine in right now with the bath rug and shower liner. Can’t wait to see if it works for me as well! 🙂

  2. Debbie Romero says:

    Great idea. I also keep the hair out by cleaning it every time I use my brush. But the dirt is impossible to remove. I plan on using this on mine. Thanks.

  3. Mary Ellen says:

    I let the brush or comb soak for awhile then drain the dirty water and use the toothbrush for removing residual dirt.

  4. Jane PGN says:

    Instead of dish soap. I use shampoo. It also, does a great job of cleasning.

  5. Lori says:

    How about soaking combs and brushes in ammonia. They come out great. My grandmother used to clean them this way.

    • Pat says:

      Yup; that’s the way my mom taught me years ago. She would pour some ammonia into really hot water in the sink. Soak while cleaning either taking a bath or cleaning the bathroom, rinse, pat dry onto towel upside down so most of water comes out from around the base of the bristles, then I dry them quickly using a blow dryer for a few short minutes.

    • My mom did that, too. Can you still buy ammonia in stores? LOL I swear, I haven’t seen any. Haven’t looked, of course…

      • Belinda says:

        Yes seen at Canadian tire

      • SIMommaof3 says:

        The 99cent stores still sell ammonia.

      • dj in sd says:

        yes it is still around and really cheap! I put it on rags and disperse around the outside of the house as skunk repellent! they don’t like the smell either so it actually works and is way cheaper than dehydrated fox urine

      • Karoline Seymour says:

        I use Bounce dryer sheets..animals do not like the smell and bugs hate this too. Rub your baseboards with it and they will leave. Things like ants, spiders and other bug critters.

  6. jayn says:

    I use another hairbrush to get the hair off. Just brush the brush bottom to top a few times. You can dehair both brushes at once.

    • I fought with a brush for two days soaking it in Dawn and baking soda to no avail.. as I use a hairspray while brushing(I spray the brush first, then brush hair) and it caked the dirt at the bottom of the bristles and no matter what I tried, it would not let go. I used a toothbrush, hairpins, the end of a tease comb to lift the stuff off and then I tried another brush to rub it off. After a few days I took the nasty brush into the shower and with a shampoo in both gave and washed out. I was so happy, I could keep my favorite brush. My resolve is..take the brush into the shower at the end of each day and give it a good workout.

  7. Joyce says:

    These are good solutions, but, I’m just, how should I say it..I got it…too lazy for anything more than getting it done as painlessly as possible. I’m also known as the recycle police in my house, so when there’s a run in my (always once worn) pantyhose, I cut a piece large enough to go around the hair brush and secure it over the bristles. When it’s time, I remove the hose toss it and I’m done.

    • PetiteD says:

      I always used to do that method until I started using these paddle brushes. Pantyhose just doesn’t go over them like a regular brush. Pity, ’cause I’m lazy too.

    • Patty AH says:

      I use the panty hose method as well. And, now that I am not required to where stockings to work every day, I have discovered a couple of layers of nylon net or tulle work just as well!

      • karoline77 says:

        10 emails in 5 minutes is too many..

        Sent from Outlook


  8. Karen says:

    This is brilliant! Worked wonderfully -thank you!

  9. Pingback: How to clean your brush in minutes! | Made From Pinterest

  10. Pingback: How To Clean (Almost) Anything And Everything |

  11. Alison says:

    After washing, I put my brush in some clean water with a little conditioner. Then dry it off. The conditioner helps to stop the brush making your hair static when you use it

  12. I use a salad fork to remove the hair from my brush. While I am showering and washing my hair, I add some shampoo to the brush and rub my fingers along the bristles and make it very sudsy. Then rinse well. My brush is always clean and it gets rid of any dirt in or around my fingernails at the same time. I use a porcupine brush with two types of bristle and I have found this to work better than anything else to keep it clean. I used to soak it in vinegar and scrub it as you suggested in the sink with soap, water and a toothbrush, but doing it while I shower is quicker, easier and a more efficient use of my time.

  13. Pingback: Jeobox – How To Clean (Almost) Anything And Everything

  14. I put baking soda in a tall glass, add my brush and combs, add boiling water and let it sit. Rinse brush out and repeat if needed.

    • Kate says:

      That’s how I have cleaned my combs and brushes for years… Baking soda and hot water, soak till cool then rinse…. ALL the gunk comes off…

  15. Pingback: How To Clean (Almost) Anything And Everything!

  16. I find using the brush used to apply hair dye the best and least awkward. The length of the bristles get easily inbetween the hair brush bristles and the pointy end can be used to get the hair out of it first.

  17. Donna Pieron says:

    I’ve always poured some ammonia into the sink, add some hot water and let the combs and brushes soak for about an hour. Then rinse and air dry on a towel. No scrubbing necessary. My mother used to do this.

  18. Ciara says:

    How often should you clean your hairbrush?

    • I try to clean my brushes once a month or whenever I find them dirty. I have 2 hair brushes that I love and I use them alternatively. When I clean one brush, I use the other till it gets dirty.

  19. Pingback: 15 Cleaning Hacks Everyone Should Know

  20. Kimi Denise Cone says:


  21. Brittni says:

    This is brilliant, I have the exact brush and needed this so badly. Thanks!

  22. v storm says:

    What is an easy way to get the lint, at least that’s what it looks like, from the brush? I clean the hair out every time I use it, but there seems to be some lint-like material at the bottom of the bristles. I have been using tweezers and scissors to get it out, but there has to be another way.

    • The method I mentioned here cleaned up all the dust or lint away from my brush. This should work. But if you do try some other method and it works out for you please let me know.

  23. Robyn says:

    I have a couple of similar brushes. Before I wash my hair, I clean out the trapped hair (easy to do if done regularly), spray the bristle area with “Scrubbing Bubbles,” and let it sit bristle side down (so none of the product seeps beneath the rubber housing) until I’m finished with my shower. Then I just rinse the brush and it’s clean. Have brushes I’ve used for years and cleaned by this method…always have a clean brush for my clean hair!

  24. Kim says:

    I have a very expensive brush that has boar bristles. Does this method work on that too?

  25. Caitlan says:

    I have a wooden paddle brush.. I don’t know if soaking the wood would be such a great idea? How else could I go about cleaning it without the possibility of warping my brush..?

    • I have no idea about wooden paddle brush. I will definitely try to find a solution and update it here.

      • Kari says:

        I soak my wood brushes with no problems. I also use white vinegar along with shampoo and baking soda to clean my boar bristles brushes. Wet brush, sprinkle with baking soda, and pour about 1/4 teaspoon, upto 1 teaspoon white vinegar over baking soda. Let sit 15 minutes then use old toothbrush and scrub clean. Rinse and if you want to, use shampoo to be sure baking soda is cleaned away. Come out clean with less scrubbing.

  26. Pingback: Thoroughly Clean a Hair Brush with a Toothbrush – Lifehacker | Luxury Beauty Mart

  27. Pingback: Thoroughly Clean a Hair Brush with a Toothbrush | The Cannabis Strain Directory Blog

  28. Pingback: Thoroughly Clean a Hair Brush with a Toothbrush – Lifehacker | Great makeup online

  29. Pingback: Thoroughly Clean a Hair Brush with a Toothbrush – Lifehacker | Supreme Hair Care

  30. Pingback: Thoroughly Clean a Hair Brush with a Toothbrush – Lifehacker | Expensive Makeup

  31. Pingback: Thoroughly Clean a Hair Brush with a Toothbrush – Lifehacker | body care market

  32. Pingback: Thoroughly Clean a Hair Brush with a Toothbrush – Lifehacker | top beauty mart

  33. Pingback: Thoroughly Clean a Hair Brush with a Toothbrush – Lifehacker | Bath And Body For Women

  34. Pingback: Thoroughly Clean a Hair Brush with a Toothbrush – Lifehacker | Hair deals today

  35. Pingback: Thoroughly Clean A Hair Brush With A Toothbrush | Lifehacker Australia

  36. Pingback: Thoroughly Clean a Hair Brush with a Toothbrush | Hihid News

  37. Karen Jarrell says:

    I put all of our brushes in the washing machine with the laundry.Comes out clean free of dirt

  38. Jeanette Andrus says:

    A comb with a long pointed end is good to clean the hair out

  39. carol says:

    hot water a splash of bleach and leave in sink overnight and it is perfect in the morning

  40. Bonnie says:

    I put my brushes in the sink with hot water and dawn dishwashing liquid after getting as much hair out as I can, then I let them set and soak while I do other things. When I go back, I just rinse and dry. Perfectly clean!

  41. Maah says:

    i had a cushion brush with wooden bristles. Quite luxurious but couldn’t wash it without water seeping inside the cushion through the air hole. Soak? Not a chance. Thanks for the hack.

  42. dayna pepper says:

    I’ve been a hairdresser for over 40 years and the makers of the cushion brushes like the one pictured always said not to immerse totally. The bristles are glued and they will be loosened. My mother thoughtfully cleaned my son’s, when he brushed his hair the bristles sunk into the

  43. Judy Stone says:

    After removing as much hair as I can with a comb, I use the hose attachment on the vacuum cleaner and I vacuum the rest of the hair off the brush.

  44. Pingback: Don't Pitch the Old Toothbrush! 12 Ways to Reuse.

  45. Chelsea says:

    After you clean your brush, wrap 4-6 rubber bands around the head. The rubber bands will be under the hair that accumulates in the brush, so you just grab them from the back to pull the hair out. No more toothpicks/paperclips/other tedious diggers. 🙂

  46. Pingback: 12 Easy and Very Useful Cleaning Tips That You Need Right Now | eKanpSack

  47. Pingback: 12 Easy and Very Useful Cleaning Tips That You Need Right Now | HeySup

  48. Pingback: 12 Tips That Will Make Cleaning A Breeze

  49. Pingback: 10 Very Clever And Useful Cleaning Tips And Tricks That You Always Needed - Colors And Joy

  50. Pingback: Cleaning Tips For Almost Anything From A to Z -

  51. Pingback: How To Clean (Almost) Anything And Everything | Fukushima

  52. Pingback: 15 Awesome Grooming Hacks That Make Looking Good Easy

  53. Pingback: 17 Amazing Grooming Hacks To Keep You Looking Beautiful | ...your daily dose of viral updates

  54. Pingback: 15 Super Useful Cleaning Tips That You Should Use For Sparkling Home | eKanpSack

  55. Julie says:

    I haven’t read through all the other replies but if you remove all the hair from the brush and then just let the brush soak in a mixture of hot/warm water with a little ammonia. Rinse and air dry. That gets it pretty clean.

  56. Pingback: Keep your hair brush clean | MedHatter Singapore

  57. GRACE says:

    Just asking can we use hand wash ?.I tried it and the results are great.

  58. kohlene says:

    Remove hair from brush then throw in the washing machine with towels in hot water. The brush comes out spotless.

  59. Pingback: 14 Grandiosos Y Sencillos Trucos De Limpieza Que Harán Tu Vida Más Fácil |

  60. Pingback: 14 Grandiosos Y Sencillos Trucos De Limpieza Que Harán Tu Vida Más Fácil : Noticia Semanal – Las noticias mas importantes del pais

  61. Pingback: 14 Grandiosos Y Sencillos Trucos De Limpieza Que Harán Tu Vida Más Fácil :

  62. Pingback: 14 Grandiosos Y Sencillos Trucos De Limpieza Que Harán Tu Vida Más Fácil | Las Mejores Historias de la Web

  63. Pingback: How To Clean (Almost) Anything And Everything | Bullet Metro

  64. Pingback: HOW TO CLEAN YOUR BRUSH IN MINUTES! | Zöpfe & Make-Up

  65. Pingback: Cleaning Tips - The Blueprints

  66. Grace Liu says:

    Hi, I have a Mason Pearson hair brush, I got for Christmas. It is quite expensive , and I really want to take goodcare of it but on the manual, it says not to put water on it. Please can anyone help me?! Thank you

  67. Elizabeth says:

    Thank you for posting this. I have always wondered, and have yet to try this. Agsin., thanks.

  68. Pingback: Como limpar (quase) tudo e mais alguma coisaV-Wall | V-Wall

  69. Deb says:

    I loved it! I always was wondering the easiest way to clean my brushes. Before I would just buy a new one when it got disgusting!

  70. Conni says:

    Use a hair pick to remove hair from brush. Almost lay the pick down and run it across straight rows. It will get all the hair out. I do it after every time I brush my hair.
    Follow washing instructions to clean brush.

  71. Pingback: How To Clean (Almost) Anything And Everything | sooziQ

  72. Tina says:

    Great minds think alike! I just never thought to share it with anyone. Good job! I’ve been using this method for decades. Dawn is a good idea, I’ve always used shampoo. I use my comb to get the hair out of the brush. At first I comb it through like you would expect, but then I use the comb perpendicular to the brush to get the stubborn ones out.

  73. Carol N-K says:

    I always removed hair from the brush every time I brushed my hair. I tend to leave the brush in the sink with warm water with shampoo to rinse it off. It worked!!! I can’t stand to see brush with hair on it.

  74. Pingback: How To Clean Hair Brushes | Notionss

  75. Eryn Wynter says:

    Brilliant solution😊 I like to add a bit of hydrogen peroxide to the final rinse.

  76. Ed says:

    Ladies, the main thing is that they’re clean…..guys should try this (cleaning your brushes and combs). When dry and ready to use again, spray a little of your favorite cologne or perfume on the bristles….makes that stuff go much farther! Use with no scent hair spray. Dampen brush daily to invigorate the scent right before brushing.

  77. Pingback: 頭髮已經洗乾淨了,怎麼越梳越髒?!快用這些小撇步,讓你跟髒梳子說掰掰… – read 123 閱讀網

  78. Bri says:

    To get the hair out of the hair brush just use a comb to scrape it out

  79. Pingback: 14 Grandiosos Y Sencillos Trucos De Limpieza Que Harán Tu Vida Más Fácil. | Filosogato

  80. Pingback: Don’t throw away your old pantyhose. Mom shares 14 handy uses for it at home

  81. Pingback: Don’t throw away your old pantyhose. Mom shares 14 handy uses for it at home – Capturing Moments

  82. Pingback: Don’t throw away your old pantyhose. Mom shares 14 handy uses for it at home - Czaal is a source for latest happening around the world.

  83. Pingback: Don’t throw away your old pantyhose. Mom shares 14 handy uses for it at home – News and Entertainment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


The time is now.


livin' right.... fashion, food & fun

%d bloggers like this: