Wednesday, 17 July 2013

How To Clean Hair Brushes and Combs

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A little while ago I posted about the amazingly effective new way I had found to clean my make up brushes, and I made a mental note to test out a similar method on my hair brush and comb. At the risk of sounding like a slattern, I only got round to cleaning my hair brush today. This is how I got on...

Step one. First of all, remove all the stray hairs from your brush (I don't do anything fancy for this, I just do it with my fingers). I have long hair and hate finding it all over the bedroom, so I do this very regularly. If it has been a while since you have done it though, you can use a tooth pick to tease out the stubborn hairs.

(Can I just point out that my hair brush didn't look nearly as gross as it appears in the above picture. Honest. The close up photo makes it look way worse than it was!)

Step two. Fill a container with one part white vinegar to one part warm water, and then stir in a couple of tablespoons of shampoo (I use baby shampoo because of the gentle formula). The shampoo and vinegar combination are ideal for loosening dirt and cleaning the build up from using hair products. Submerge the brush in the water and leave for about 15 minutes. 

N.B, you may need to be careful if your brush's bristles are attached to an air filled pad as the water can enter any holes and damage the brush.

Step three. Rinse your hair brush under the tap to remove any lingering residue.

Step four. Leave it to dry on a towel or paper towels. 

I found this method to be every bit as effective for cleaning hair brushes and combs as it is for cleaning make up brushes! Anyone else got a good tip for cleaning hair brushes?


  1. great tip! with 3 girls, 3 boys, hubby and me I'll be able to put this to the test. thank you!
    (stopping over from Domesblissity)

    1. Glad you found it useful! Vinegar is great for cleaning any sort of brush - I am a fan of "no effort" cleaning. :)

  2. Good Morning Angela, Now this is one of those really useful tips that we all need and I will be passing it on to my daughters who both have very long hair. I usually remove all the offending hair, and soak the brush in Fairy Liquid, but I then usually need a little brush to really clean the brush. Your method is much easier..... now where is that white vinegar????
    Thank you for the tip.
    Best Wishes

  3. Great tips! My hairbrush needs a cleaning desperately. I hope that this works, but by the looks of your post it made yours look like new. Thanks!

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