How To | Deep Clean Your Hair Brush Naturally

It’s a dirty job & some body’s gotta do it…  yep, I’m talking to YOU Rapunzel! Dust, dirt, oil, bacteria, dead skin flakes, loose hair & old product build-up, and all kinds of other icky stuff. Ew! Oh, and just think about the vicious cycle in which you essentially continue to brush the old yucky stuff back into your fresh, clean hair… if you don’t. Ummm, effing gross! You wash your hair, so why wouldn’t you wash your hair brushes right? This is one of those silly little things that nobody really thinks about but now you officially have no more excuses Missy. You’re welcome LOL…

What you’ll Need:

  • Your Hairbrush
  • A Fork
  • Scissors
  • A Sink
  • A Small Towel
  • Baking Soda
  • Measuring Cup- 1/2 Cup Size

To Remove the Hair:

  1. Take the fork (I know it sounds soooo gross- but it really works the best) stick it under the hair on the brush and run it length-wise along the rows of bristles lifting the hair away from the handle base.
  2. If you have a flat/ paddle brush– you can probably just pull the hair right off at this point- skip to the next section.
  3. If you have a radial/ round brush– once you’ve lifted the hair with the fork, take the scissors and cut the hair in a straight line length-wise and you should be able to pull the hair completely off.

To Deep-Clean & De-Gunk:

*Not for Rubber Cushioned, Wooden Bodied or Natural Boar Bristle Brushes.

  1. Fill your sink 3/4 of the way with the hottest water you can.
  2. Measure and add 1/2 cup of Baking Soda.
  3. Take your brush (holding onto the handle) and swish the head around in the water to dissolve the Baking Soda.
  4. Drop the entire brush into the sink and let it soak for about 10-15 minutes.
  5. Check to see if it’s clean. If it’s not- add a few drops of shampoo or dish soap and let it soak a little longer.
  6. Rinse.
  7. Place on a towel to let it air dry.
Cleaning your Hair Brush regularly will make a huge difference in the health of your hair and scalp- and the way it looks and feels. xoxo, Later Lovely Locks.
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  • Reply
    Susie Rentz
    March 16, 2015 at 10:34 am

    The beginning of this article is really strong and makes you start thinking about the bacteria on your hairbrush which you do not clean at all. Thank you a lot for sharing so easy way of cleaning my hairbrush! I will try it for sure! Elmstead Carpet Cleaners Ltd.

  • Reply
    Rita East
    May 13, 2020 at 9:27 am

    This works Fantastic. Thanks for sharing.

    • Reply
      May 18, 2020 at 12:08 am

      Yay! So glad it worked for you!💁🏻‍♀️

  • Reply
    January 28, 2021 at 10:57 am

    How often do you recommend cleaning combs and brushes?

    • Reply
      January 30, 2021 at 3:48 pm

      Honestly, I just do it when I feel it’s necessary – when I start to see some buildup. 💗

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