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How to clean and disinfect your hair brush and combs

It’s important to regularly clean and sterilise your brush and combs to keep away little nasties (especially in kids hair brushes, such as nits) and clean away buildup from hair products,  dandruff, dirt and skin particles that may build up over time.

Here is how I clean our hair brushes and combs:

  1. Remove all hair from brushes
  2. Place brushes and combs in dish big enough to hold all our brushes
  3. Cover brushes with hot water (not boiling)
  4. Add 1 tablespoon of dish detergent and 1 tablespoon of vinegar .  The vinegar is used to kill any bacteria and germs.
  5. Allow to sit for one hour or over night
  6. Rinse each brush under running water to remove dirt build up and soap
  7. You could use an old toothbrush to remove build up from in between comb
  8. Shake away excess water and allow to dry the brushes and comb on a towel
  9. Wash dish throughly
  10. Repeat once a month or when you feel necessary


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  • what about wooden brushes? or the ones with rubber spine? how can one keep em clean?ReplyCancel

  • The Pinterest Housewife

    I was going to post about this, too!! LOL. I saw it on Rachael Ray today!ReplyCancel

  • berkana83

    Ohhh I need to do this XDReplyCancel

  • Suzanne

    I do this every few months in addition to cleaning hair out after every use. I am a HUGE fan of vinegar, baking soda, salt and lemons. I NEVER use detergents with a scent and NEVER use fabric softener…no need when you use 1/2 the amount of soap recommended (unless you’ve got hard water) and always rinse in cold water.ReplyCancel

  • Monique Pollock

    Vinegar is a weak acid, when you dilute it, it looses its ability to act like an acid as the water has a buffering capacity against acids (rendering the vinegar useless). I would be more inclined to use something like a disinfectant or just straight vinegar, something that kills most micro organisms and other pathogens.ReplyCancel

    • Carolyn

      I use the 5% Acidity Vinegar!
      It is pretty strong!ReplyCancel

  • MariaW

    After cleaning out the hair I use the nozzle on my hoover to get rid of any remaining hair and fluff, it really helps to clean the brush before washing.ReplyCancel

  • Josefina Urbano Relado

    i use white vinegar to clean the bathroom and toilet
    it takes the mildew on the tiles nice and cleanReplyCancel

  • Jade Dunford

    To get rid of the muck between the bristles instead of scrubbing by hand or using an old tooth brush, change the mix to hot (not boiling) water add half cup of vinegar then a tablesppon of baking soda, the baking soda reacts with the vinegar & bubbles & fizzes which removes the grime without u doing any work.. I let mine sit over night in the mix, in the morning i rinse & let dry.. No effort required.!ReplyCancel

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    Thanks for sharing, i like your article and opinion.ReplyCancel

  • Colleen

    Yes I soak in bicarbonate soda it works a treatReplyCancel

  • Hazel Martens.

    I have been soaking my brushes and combs in warm water with bicarb soda for many many years, my mother told me this hint a long time ago when I was a young woman (I’m now in the mid-sixties).ReplyCancel

  • natasha b

    I chuck mine in the dishwasher. Come out greatReplyCancel

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