How to Clean a Comb and Hairbrush Like A Pro?

Easy Tips and Tricks to Clean Combs and Hair Brushes

We use combs and hair brushes on a daily basis but rarely do we clean them. Hair brushes and combs get dirty over time and need cleaning once in a while. Just as you would clean your makeup brushes, you should clean your hair brushes and combs too. And believe us, cleaning hair brushes is not much of a task. All you will need is a toothbrush and a mild cleanser of your choice.

Why Is It Necessary to Disinfect and Clean Your Comb?

Germs, oil, dust and other free radicals tend to build up and can thrive on your brushes and combs. Many of us use hair products, then brush our hair, hence these products get transferred to the brush or comb. When we don’t clean the brushes or combs, the products stay in place and build up over time. And as you use those uncleaned combs and brushes on your hair, you subject your hair to a host of hair and scalp problems like dandruff, scalp infections, hair fall, which is why cleaning the hair brushes becomes important!

Stepwise Procedure to Clean a Comb

If you are thinking of cleaning your combs and hair brushes, follow these steps. They work well for all types so if you want to clean a round hair brush or clean a wide tooth combread on.

What You Will Need

  • A tub
  • Shampoo
  • Toothbrush
  • Towel
  • Toothpicks
  • Tea tree essential oil
  • Warm water


Here is a step-by-step guide to clean your combs and brushes.

1. Remove the Hair
With your hands remove the hair and dirt stuck between the bristles of the hair brushes. If there is oil on the brushes or combs, use a tissue to wipe it off.

2. Put the Brushes in the Tub
Take a tub that is big enough to fit all the brushes and combs you need to clean, and put them all inside.

3. Add Water
Fill the tub with lukewarm water until all the brushes and combs are submerged in it.

4. Cleanser
Pour some shampoo or a mild cleanser in the water and stir it well.

Shampoo bottles

5. Let Them Soak
Allow your brushes and combs to sit in the soapy water for about half an hour. This will help all the grime stuck at the bottom of the bristles of the brush or between the teeth of the comb to turn soft and lose.

6. Scrub
Scrub your combs and brushes one by one. For the brushes, you will need to be as gentle as you can so that you do not damage or break the bristles.

7. Clean with a Toothpick
If there is still some dirt stuck right at the bottom, use a toothpick and gently scrub it off.

8. Rinse
Rinse all your brushes and combs well to remove all the soap.

A woman rinses her comb

9. Sanitise
Add a few drops of tea tree oil to the tub (after cleaning it) and add some clean water. Soak your brushes and combs for about five minutes. This step ensures that your brushes and combs are sanitised as well.

10.  Let them Dry
Place your brushes face down on the towel so that all the water seeps out. Place the combs next to them and let them dry.

Additional Tips for Cleaning Combs/Hairbrushes

Here are some additional tips that you can use to clean hairbrushes:

  •  You can disinfect and clean a plastic hairbrush or comb by dipping it in rubbing alcohol or vinegar.
  •  If you are trying to clean a paddle hairbrush, do not use the soak method. Instead, just clean them by brushing them down with a toothbrush and do a quick rinse once a month.
  • Clarifying shampoo is the best cleanser to use while cleaning your hair tools since it works best at removing grime and oil that is stuck at the bottom.
  •  As soon as you are done combing your hair, remove the hair that gets caught in the bristles or teeth.
  • To clean electric hair brushesremove any stray hair stuck between the bristles, then use a damp cloth to wipe down between them.
  •  To clean straightening or roller hair brush use a cloth and wipe down between the bristles as gently as you can. Make sure the tool is completely cooled down before you start.


Here are some frequently asked questions about cleaning hair brushes and combs:

1. How Do I Remove Hair Dye from Combs?

Once you are done combing your hair, wipe the comb with a wet cloth before washing your comb with water and soap, alcohol, or apple cider vinegar. If you let the dye dry on the comb it will be harder to remove later.

2. How Do I Clean the Corners of the Hairbrushes?

After soaking your comb or brush in water and soap, use a toothpick to clean out the corners.

3. How to Clean a Comb with Baking Soda?

Mix some baking soda with warm water, then soak your hairbrushes in the mix for 15 minutes. The rest of the steps to clean are the same mentioned above.

4. How Can I Remove Dandruff from the Combs?

You can use a toothbrush and some warm soapy water to get rid of dandruff settled on the comb.

5. How Do I Get the Sour Smell Out of My Comb?

Soak the brush in warm water with shampoo to get rid of the sour smell.

6. How Do I Remove Lint from the Hair Brushes?

Use a card or a piece of cardboard and slide it between the bristles of the brushes several times.

7. How Do I Clean a Lice Comb?

Heat some water in a vessel and bring it to boil. Soak the lice comb in hot water for about 15 minutes, then remove and let it dry. Later clean it with rubbing alcohol. If you find that the dirt does not come out, use a toothbrush to scrub the teeth.

8. How Often Should I Clean My Comb?

This depends on what products you use in your hair. Those who use thick creams and gels in their hair should clean their combs regularly, while others who do not clean their brushes once every month.

Not many people clean their combs and brushes, but they should! Cleaning combs and hair brushes is a good habit since it can keep your hair and scalp healthy. So use these tips to have clean combs and healthy hair.

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