Your hairbrush, a loyal companion on the journey to fabulous locks, deserves some tender loving care too! Over time, hair, oils, and product buildup can accumulate on the bristles, affecting their effectiveness and cleanliness. Fear not, for we have the ultimate guide on how to give your hairbrush a refreshing makeover. We’ll show you the best way to clean a hairbrush whether it's made of plastic, wood, or natural materials. Let's dive into learning how to clean hair brushes and get those bristles ready to work their magic!
How to Clean Hair Brushes Made of Plastic
Plastic hair brushes are sturdy and easy to clean. Follow these steps to bring them back to their pristine state:
Step 1. Remove Hair and Debris
Use a toothpick, comb, or your fingers to gently remove any hair and debris caught in the bristles of the hairbrush.
Step 2. Soak
Mix a small amount of mild shampoo or one pump of Dropps Ultra Concentrated Laundry Detergent with warm water in a bowl. The warm water helps dissolve oils and product buildup. Submerge the plastic hairbrush in the soapy water and let it soak for about 15-20 minutes. This will loosen dirt and residue.
Step 3. Scrub
Use an old toothbrush or nail brush to gently scrub the bristles and the base of the hairbrush. Pay extra attention to any stubborn spots.
Step 4. Rinse
Rinse the hairbrush under running water to remove all traces of soap and debris.
Step 5. Dry
Shake off excess water and place the hairbrush on a clean towel to air dry completely.
How to Wash Hair Brushes Made of Wood and Natural Fibers
Wooden or natural hair brushes require a gentler approach to avoid damaging the wood. Here's how to clean them effectively:
Step 1. Remove Hair and Debris
Use a comb or toothpick to gently remove any hair or debris from the bristles and the base of the hairbrush.
Step 2. Spot Clean Bristles
Mix a small amount of mild shampoo or one pump of Dropps Ultra Concentrated Laundry Detergent with warm water in a bowl. We recommend using Dropps Sensitive Skin Laundry Detergent, which is free of enzymes and gentle on natural fibers. You can also add a drop of hair conditioner to keep the bristles soft and shiny. Dip a soft cloth into the soapy solution and gently wipe the bristles of the hairbrush. Avoid soaking the wooden part, as excessive water can damage the wood.
Step 3. Rinse
Rinse the bristles under running water quickly, making sure not to immerse the wooden part.
Step 4. Dry
Gently squeeze out any excess water and place the hairbrush on a clean towel, bristle-side down, to air dry completely. Ensure the wooden part is facing up to prevent water from seeping into the wood.
Frequently Asked Questions
Have more questions about how to clean hair brushes? We’re here to help answer all of your questions about cleaning hair brushes.
How do you get gunk out of hairbrush bristles?
To remove gunk from hairbrush bristles, use a comb or toothpick to gently dislodge the hair and debris. Follow up with a cleaning solution of mild shampoo or Dropps Ultra Concentrated Laundry Detergent mixed with warm water to dissolve the residue.
Why is there gray fuzz in my hairbrush?
The gray fuzz in your hairbrush is likely a combination of hair, dust, and product buildup. Regular cleaning can prevent this fuzz from accumulating and keep your hairbrush clean and effective.
What do you soak hair brushes in to clean them?
For plastic hair brushes, soak them in a solution of mild shampoo or Dropps Ultra Concentrated Laundry Detergent mixed with warm water. For wooden and natural fiber brushes, look for soaps that do not contain enzymes, like Dropps Sensitive Skin Detergent, and avoid soaking the wooden part to prevent damage.
How long should I soak my hairbrush?
Soak your hairbrush for about 15-20 minutes. This allows the cleaning solution to dissolve dirt and oils, making it easier to scrub away residue.
How do you deep clean a hairbrush?
Learning how to deep clean hair brushes is easy. For a deep clean, follow the instructions above, but consider adding a drop of hair conditioner to the cleaning solution for wooden/natural hair brushes. This helps keep the bristles soft and shiny.