Hairbrushes are an indispensable tool for maintaining healthy hair, but they also accumulate dirt, dust, oils, and hair products over time. Therefore, it is necessary to clean them regularly to maintain their effectiveness and hygiene. Below, you will learn how to clean your hairbrush and keep it in good condition.
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Why should you clean your hairbrush?
A clean hairbrush ensures that your hair is free from dirt, making it look beautiful and healthy. A dirty brush can lead to a build-up of bacteria and fungus, which can cause dandruff, infections, and other scalp problems. Also, a dirty hairbrush can make your hair look greasy and dull, which can affect your overall appearance.
When should you clean your hairbrush?
It is recommended that you clean your hairbrush at least once a week, especially if you use it daily. However, if you have oily hair or use a lot of hair products, you may need to clean it more often. You should also clean your brush if you notice a build-up of hair, dirt, or product residue.
How to clean your hairbrush with home remedies?
The following steps will guide you through the process of effectively cleaning your brush.
Clean with vinegar or baking soda
Step 1: Remove hair
First, remove all hair from the hairbrush. You can use your fingers or a comb to loosen and pull out the hairs. Be careful not to damage the bristles.
Step 2: Soak the brush
Fill a bowl with warm water and add a few drops of shampoo or a teaspoon of baking soda. Place the hairbrush in the water and leave it to soak for about 10 minutes. The shampoo or baking soda will help break down product residue and oils on the brush.
Or you can put 500 ml of warm water, 250 ml of vinegar and a few drops of dishwashing liquid or shampoo in a container and let the brush soak.
Step 3: Scrub the bristles
After soaking the brush, use an old toothbrush or a clean brush to thoroughly scrub the bristles. Be sure to clean each bristle, including the base of the brush.
Step 4: Rinse out the brush
After scrubbing, rinse the hairbrush with clean water to remove any soap, baking soda or vinegar residue. You can also use a comb to remove any remaining debris or hair.
Step 5: Dry the brush
Gently blot the brush with a clean towel to remove excess water. Then leave it to air dry on a towel, bristle side down. Avoid drying the brush with a hairdryer as the heat can damage the bristles.
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Cleaning a brush made of boar bristles and wood
Step 1: Remove dust and hair
The first step is again to get rid of the hair and dirt. Clean your boar bristle brush of any hair, dust, or dirt that may have accumulated inside. Remove the hair between the bristles with the narrow end of the rat-tail comb or the toothed part of the comb. Work your way inwards from the outer edges of the boar bristle brush.
Step 2: Prepare the shampoo mixture
Mix a few drops of shampoo with some warm water in the container to make a soapy mixture. The amount of water needed depends on the texture of the bristles and the handle of the brush. If the handle of the brush is made of wood and has padding, you should fill the container so that the brush is not completely submerged. Make sure that only the bristles are submerged. Rotate the brush around its own axis a few times. Do not soak the brush for a long period of time.
Step 3: Rinse with water
To remove the soap residue from the brush, rinse it in a little cold water. This will also remove dirt and debris that may have come off during the washing process.
Step 4: Allow to air dry
Repeat the process of combing the brush with the rat-tail comb to ensure it is clean and free of dirt, dust, and debris. After shaking the brush to remove excess water, wipe it with a dry cloth and then place it in an airy place to dry on its own.
Clean hairbrush with shaving foam
Shaving foam is another option that can be used for cleaning. Although it may seem strange at first glance, the strategy is successful. Lather the brush with the shaving foam, wait a few minutes until it has completely absorbed the liquid, and then rinse it briefly with a little water. Place the brush once again on a cloth with the bristles facing downwards to dry.
Dishwasher or washing machine for cleaning
Before using this procedure, make sure that the hairbrush you want to clean is made of a durable material—for example, plastic. Place the brush you want to clean in the top compartment of the dishwasher, or put it in the cutlery basket.
When you use the washing machine, you can also throw other things into it. Just be careful which ones you choose. This is not only better for the environment, but also muffles the sound of the brush hitting the inside of the washing drum. Then always wash your clothes on the cold wash cycle. If you use too much hot water, the shape of your brush may change. Finally, either lay your brush flat in a well-ventilated place or hang it up to allow it to dry properly.