How to Clean a Hairbrush

With proper maintenance, a brush used every day should last between one and three years. Watch this video for easy care tips.

What You Need

  1. Check brush
  2. Check comb (preferably one with a pointed handle)
  3. Check toothbrush
  4. Check glass bowl large enough to fit brush
  5. Check gentle shampoo
  6. Check towel

Follow These Steps

  1. Perform daily maintenance

    Remove hair from your brush every time you use it. Hold the brush in one hand while grasping a comb in the other. If the comb has a pointed handle, hold the teeth (not the handle) and run the point of the handle through the bristles a few times to dislodge and remove any hair. Alternately, you can use the teeth of the comb to remove hair, raking them through the bristles and lifting the hair up and out. Discard the hair.

  2. Shampoo your brush

    Once a month or so, shampoo your hairbrush to remove dirt, oil, and any built-up hair products. Holding the handle, swirl the head of the brush around in a bowl of warm water. Next, put a few drops of gentle shampoo on the bristles of a toothbrush and use the toothbrush to scrub the bristles and base of the hairbrush. Rinse the brush by swirling it around in the bowl of clean water.

    Tip: Don’t soak your hairbrush in water, as that could harm its cushion and any wooden parts.

  3. Dry hairbrush overnight

    Place the clean, wet brush on a dry towel with the bristles facing down to dry overnight.