How to Clean Hairbrushes in Vinegar

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Hairbrushes can collect dirt, buildup from styling products and excess oils from your scalp. Without proper washing, they transmit this debris onto your clean hair, which makes it more prone to appearing dull and limp. Vinegar's high level of acidity helps cut through grease and kill mold, bacteria and germs. Use soap and vinegar in a quick, easy maintenance routine for your hair brushes that will ensure they keep your hair in great shape, as well as lasting longer and performing better.

Things You'll Need

  • Large container
  • Dish soap or shampoo
  • Toothbrush
  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Find a container large enough to hold a hairbrush (or two). A large, shallow vessel works well since the bristles of the brushes need to be submerged.

  • Wet the brush using warm, running water. You will find it easier to remove wet hair from the brush than dry strands.

  • Remove all leftover hair from the hair brush. Use a toothpick to get between the bristles. For best results, your hairbrush should be as hair-free as possible before cleaning.

  • Use dish soap or shampoo and an old toothbrush to gently scrub your hairbrush, making sure you remove caked-on buildup and dirt.

  • Place the brush into the container and fill it with 50/50 mixture of distilled white vinegar and water.

  • Soak hairbrush overnight or for 6-8 hours.

  • Rinse your brush with warm water and dry well. Shake off excess water and allow the brush to dry on a towel.

Tips & Warnings

  • To keep your hairbrush clean, make a habit of removing hair from it each time you brush your hair.
  • Wash your hairbrush every 2-3 days to keep it in top condition.
  • Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the vinegar mixture to help give it a more pleasant scent. Consider using lavender or tea tree oil since their natural antibacterial properties will help the vinegar clean and sanitize your brush.
  • If pressed for time, place 1 cup of vinegar in a heatproof container, add 2 cups of boiling water to the vinegar, submerge hairbrush, and allow it to soak for 2-3 minutes before rinsing and allowing it to dry.
  • Do not soak wooden brushes since the water might damage the wood.
  • If you decide to add boiling water to your vinegar, be careful not to melt the plastic on your brushes by leaving them in the mixture too long.

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