Your hairbrush is full of bacteria and germs—here's how to clean it

If your brush isn’t clean, neither is your hair.

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What You Need:

  • Your hairbrush
  • A thin comb
  • A clean sink or basin
  • Hot water
  • A toothbrush that you use only for cleaning hairbrushes
  • Shampoo
  • Baking soda
  • Dry towels

Time Needed

15 minutes

Difficulty

Easy

Most people we know spend a lot of time on their hair, washing, conditioning, blow drying, ironing, and curling it, probably on a daily basis. But although their hair is clean, their hairbrush—well, that’s a different story.

Think about it. All the product you put in your hair builds up on your brush, along with oil, dirt, dead skin cells, and lint. It’s an open invitation for dust mites, bacteria and yeast. Brushing your hair with that mess will deposit all the nasty stuff back on your head.

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When was the last time you washed your hairbrush? If you can’t remember, it’s due for a cleaning. Here's how to do it:

Step-by-Step:

  1. Use the comb to lift and remove the hair from the brush.
  2. Add a tablespoon of shampoo and a tablespoon of baking soda to the sink or basin, fill it with about a quart of water, and fluff to create suds.
  3. Soak the brush for about 15 minutes. (Never soak a wooden hairbrush. Over time, it will damage the handle.)
  4. Use the toothbrush to scrub out the dirt at the base of the hairbrush bristles.
  5. Rinse the brush under clean running water. (Swish a wooden brush through the water quickly.)
  6. Shake out the water and place the brush face down on a towel to dry. You can give the brush a quick dry with your blow dryer.

How often should you clean your hairbrush?

Remove hair from the brush every day and do a full cleaning at least once a month. Your brush will look better and so will your hair.

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