In addition to hygiene issues, keeping your brushes or combs in good condition will make your tools last longer. If you want to know how to clean a hairbrush or how to clean a comb according to its material, read on.
How to Clean and Disinfect a Hair Brush
Keeping your brushes clean is not just a matter of hygiene, since a brush in good condition will last longer in good condition and with soft bristles (in the case of natural bristle brushes). In addition to cleaning them, it is also important to disinfect them to eliminate germs that have accumulated due to humidity in the environment and bathrooms.
Cleaning the combs or brushes to remove the remains of hair should be mandatory, as it is a way to prevent that hair from accumulating dirt or mites and continuing to tangle between the bristles. To remove lint from hair brushes and remove dandruff, a good trick is to wet them and use a wide-tooth comb to drag hair and dirt down.
Once you have removed the remains of hair and lint, you can wash them with soap and water or also use several methods to know how to disinfect a hairbrush or a comb. Take note! These tricks will also help you if you want to clean lice combs.
Water and Ammonia
Water and ammonia are very useful in cleaning hairbrushes, as ammonia is a powerful cleaner and disinfectant. This is how you should use this mixture.
- Pour 1 glass of warm water and 1/4 of a glass of ammonia into a container.
- Stir so that the two ingredients are well integrated.
- Dip your comb or brush in the liquid.
- Leave on for about 10 minutes.
- Remove from the liquid and rinse with plenty of warm water.
- Let them dry upside down on a towel or absorbent paper.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is known for its disinfectant and bactericidal properties. In fact, it is one of the most used remedies to eliminate lice. If you prefer to use this method to disinfect your brushes, follow these steps:
- Fill a container that will hold your combs or brushes with warm water.
- Add about 5 drops of tea tree oil.
- Dip the brushes and let them rest for about 15 minutes.
- After a time, rinse with warm water and let it dry upside down on a towel or absorbent paper.
Water and White Vinegar
Vinegar is another of the homemade products that are used for cleaning the home. To clean your brushes with vinegar you will only need water and white vinegar.
- Mix the same amount of warm water as vinegar in a bowl.
- Stir and dip the brushes or combs.
- Let them sit for 30 minutes.
- Rinse well with lukewarm water.
- Let dry face down on a towel.
Water and Bleach
If you are in a hurry and cannot spend a little time disinfecting your combs, a quick remedy to do so is to fill a sprayer with 4 parts of water to 1 of bleach. In this way, you can spray your combs and leave for a few minutes before rinsing with water.
We do not recommend abusing this method because it can damage the bristles of your brushes, especially natural ones, or their handles. If you don’t have time to do this, it is an option to clean the hairbrushes quickly, but if you can wait, use any of the other methods.
How to Clean a Natural Bristle Hairbrush
Natural bristle brushes require specific care to prevent damage. This extends to both natural bristle brushes for hair and body brushes. In this case, we are going to focus on how to clean the hairbrushes. Take note of these steps.
- Remove any hairs that have been caught between the bristles. You can do it with your hands or with the help of a barber comb.
- To wash the bristles, we advise you to use a neutral soap to prevent them from suffering any damage or deterioration.
- Apply the soap to the bristles and submerge the brush in a bowl of water.
- If the handle of your brush is made of wood, avoid submerging it completely so that it does not spoil or rot from moisture.
- If you want to do a more thorough cleaning, use a small brush like an old toothbrush or nail brush and scrub the less accessible areas.
- Once the bristles have been cleaned, it is important to thoroughly rinse the product remains and remove any dirt that has accumulated between the foam.
- Rinse it with plenty of warm water, being careful not to over-wet the handle if it is made of wood.
- It is important to remove as much moisture as possible from the brush before letting it dry. For this you can drain it with the help of a towel.
- You must dry the brush well to avoid bad odors and the proliferation of germs with humidity. To do this, we advise you to place it face down on a towel or absorbent paper in a cool place.
How to Clean an Electric Hairbrush
Both electric hairbrushes and electric straightening brushes accumulate dead cells on the bristles and on the pad after many uses without washing. If you think it’s time to wash it, this is the best way to clean an electric hairbrush.
- First of all, you need to make sure that your brush is disconnected from power and that it is completely cool.
- Remove any hair that has become tangled between the bristles and the pad. You can do it with your hands or with the help of the tip of a barbed comb. To do this, insert the tip of the comb between the bristles to remove the hairs.
- Prepare a bowl with a mixture of water and vinegar in equal parts.
- Dampen a cloth in this liquid and proceed to clean both the bristles and the brush pad.
- Let it dry.
- Once dry, you can save it and use it again whenever you want.
How to Clean a Wooden Hairbrush
Wooden brushes are more delicate when cleaning them because there is a risk that the handle wood will swell or rot if the washing has not been done correctly.
In addition, this type of brushes must be washed frequently to keep them in perfect condition. To clean a brush without damaging the wood, you should use alcohol and avoid submerging the brush in water. Follow these steps to know how to clean a wooden hairbrush.
- Remove any hairs that may have remained between the bristles.
- Dampen a cloth with 70-degree alcohol and wipe the bristles. You can also help yourself with an unused toothbrush by dipping it in rubbing alcohol and rubbing the bristles.
- To clean the handle, dip a rag in a bowl of soapy water, drain well, and wipe the handle clean.
- Alcohol evaporates quickly, but to avoid leaks, place the brush face down on a towel to dry.
- To finish, you can apply a little almond oil on a cloth and pass it over the wooden parts of the comb to make it look more beautiful and maintain its shine.
Adapted and translated by The Cop Cart Staff