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How To Clean Your Hairbrushes Naturally

I’ll admit it: I’ve never once properly cleaned one of my hairbrushes.

Every once in a while I’ll clear out the hair that’s collected, but I’ve never actually taken the time to give my brushes a real cleaning… until today. I just never really thought it was necessary. But you know what? All of those dead skin cells, product remnants, and bits of oil and dust that collect on your hairbrush will actually get redistributed onto your hair if left uncleaned. And to me, that’s a tad gross to even think about.

I’ve searched around for some good hairbrush cleansers that can be made quickly – I came across a bunch of suggestions to use things like chemical-filled clarifying shampoo or ammonia even. But we will not stand for that. Here’s how to clean your hairbrushes the natural way. It’s easy. It’s fast. It’s inexpensive. It’s time you give your hairbrushes the little spa treatment they deserve.

clean hairbrushes naturally

Looks like I’ve already been doing the first step every now and then! The most effective way to clear the hair from your brush is to use a tool like a pen or a comb to help loosen the hair. Once loosened, you can snip some of the hair with scissors to make removal a little easier, but you don’t have to. Use your hands to gather a nice hairball – all that you can possibly collect – and throw that mess away.

clean hairbrushes naturally

For plastic and metal brushes, make a cleanser using a cup of water, a small squirt of castile soap, and a pinch of baking soda. For wooden brushes, use a few drops of tea tree oil in a cup of water. Apply to the bristles as well as the bristle base using a toothbrush, and scrub in upward motions. For plastic and metal brushes, you could opt to fill up the sink with this solution and float them upside down in it for about a minute – just be sure not to fully submerge the brush or go longer than a minute, as this could possibly damage the brush.

clean hairbrushes naturally

For plastic and metal brushes, dip quickly into warm water and swish around for just a few seconds to rinse – do not soak. For wooden brushes, you can spritz a bit of water from a spray bottle instead of soaking.

clean hairbrushes naturally

Lay your brush on a clean towel, bristle-side down, and leave undisturbed until dry. Then, voila! Good as new.

Any of you hair experts out there have tips about brush cleaning? Please share!

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karina -July 18, 2014, 8:23AM

thanks for the tip! i need to clean my hairbrush and combs stat!

Juliette Laura -July 18, 2014, 10:16AM

Great tip! If only I brushed my hair and owned a hair brush haha!

Lauren -July 18, 2014, 11:13AM

I never really thought about the need to do this but now I feel kind of grossed out by it! Will definitely be cleaning mine today lol

Lauren |

Arta -July 19, 2014, 4:38AM

Great tip! Thanks x

Michelle McCallister -August 1, 2014, 3:02PM

Great post! I use Freshana Organic Solutions to clean mine! Works awesome!

Deepali -August 4, 2014, 8:55AM

This is really great tips. I found another great article relevant to hair damage prevention.

elizabethportman -August 6, 2014, 10:10AM

Clean hairbrushes and combs are a lot better for our hair than dirty brushes and combs.

A moon baby -October 14, 2014, 10:44AM

I use my own shampoo as a cleaner. Good tips :)

Annameryca Concept -February 7, 2015, 1:05AM

We follow the “natural way” too and we cam up with a commercial solution for hair stylist salon. Basicaly we scrub them and sanitize with steam. The proof of concept it here: and comments are welcome :)

George -February 20, 2016, 1:05PM

Cleaning your hairbrush has never been easier.

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