How to clean your brush in minutes!

I don’t know if you are like me or not, but there are chores, cleaning projects and things that I need to organize and I think, “I am going to do that today.”

But then I don’t.


And then the next day I think, “I am definitely going to do that TODAY!”

But then I don’t.


And before I know it, a week has passed.  Or maybe even a month.  But that’s all I’m going to confess.

No, I would never let anything that I need to clean go past a month.

No I would not.



Recently I have been feeling that way about my hair brush.

I needed to clean it a day ago.

Or  maybe it was a week ago.

Could it really have been a month?



Luckily today was the day!  This cleaning project that I have been thinking about for days, got done today thanks to a pin that I pinned from Anithamallya’s Blog.

I’ve adapted the instructions a little bit but here is how to clean your brush in minutes.

1.  Taking some scissors, cut the hair in the brush lengthwise down every 2nd or 3rd row making sure you are  cutting in between the bristles.

2. Taking the tip of the scissors, slide the scissors lengthwise underneath the hair and lift.  The hair should lift right up.  Continue until  all the hair has been removed.   Pull off any loose stragglers.  Do not use a comb or another brush to remove the hair from your brush.  This usually pops off the little beads that are on the top of your bristles. One those beads are gone, it sure doesn’t feel good when brushing your hair.

3.  Now, even though most of the bulky hair has been removed, there still is dander and dust on your brush.  Set your brush in a sink that has some warm water mixed with a small amount of shampoo.

4.  Taking a spare toothbrush, brush vigorously up and down each row of your hair brush and also all around the top.

5.  Set on paper towel to dry and your brush should look like new.


Tutorial on how to clean your brush in minutes.  Will look brand new!

Tomorrow is going to be a good hair day, I just know it,  because This Pin Rocks!



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 We’re sharing this tip at: Inside BruCrew LifeA Bowl Full of LemonsLady Behind the Curtain, Lamberts Lately, Life With the Crust OffThe Life of Jennifer Dawn


  1. Next time you need to clean your hairbrush or comb, clean out the hair like you suggested but then let it soak in a mixture of baking soda and warm water. No scrubbing required. Just let it soak. The dirt will fall off and you’ll be left with a gross looking water and a clean brush. No effort at all.

    • Mary…great tip! Thanks so much for sharing! Deb – The Oldest Sister

      • Don’t forget to throw your hair outside, especially in the spring. The birds will use it to build their nests. We save hair and bits of thread and yarn in an old onion bag til spring then hang the bag by the feeder. The birds go crazy for it! Then, once the leaves are gone in the fall, we can easily spot nests with the yarn built into them.

        • I LOVE that tip! Thanks Kat!

        • I really love the nest ideas! Thanks for sharing!

        • The birds love the lint from the dryer hung in an onion bag. They use it to top off their nest to make it soft for their babies.
          I now hang blue lint ( from my hubby’s levi’s) next to the hummingbird feeder. I use to leave white lint for them, but when they laid their eggs ( which are white ) they were hard to see. Now with the blue lint it’s fantastic to peek in and see the little white eggs sitting on a blue cushion!

          • Bobbi, I love this tip! I’m in an area with lots of birds and am going to try this!

        • Sue Kanasevich says:

          That’s better than the hair brush tip! Thanks, I have many returning birds to my yard in the spring!

  2. Love this method of cleaning a brush! This is one job I always dread and I never seem to get all of the hairs out so when I wash it, it becomes a huge mess! Thanks so much. I can hardly wait to try this.

    • Robyn, yeah I used to take a comb and just yank the hair out but using the scissors makes it effortless! You’ll love it! Deb

  3. Okay, I’ve been putting this off myself. I’m going to go do it right now! Thanks for the kick in the pants :) ~Deborah

  4. Judi Pantano says:

    I have always cut the hair off and then run them thru the dishwasher.

  5. Stopping by from Ruthie’s party and so glad I did! Great tip!! Carrie,

  6. Yes, yes and triple yes I do that all the time. I wish I could just go do whatever it is that pops into my mind at the time it pops in, the I would be more likely to do it. Alas more important things usually take my time and then when I can get to the random project I am worn out and unmotivated. This is great…you don’t know how many years I went without cleaning my brush! Ugh! I think I am going to try and be a little more spontaneous today and see how much I can do! 😀

  7. The steps that utilises the scissors works GREAT on the brush roller of a vacuum, too.

  8. Darlene says:

    I take a rat tail comb after using a brush and run it down the base and lift up the hair and then remove it. Takes only a few seconds, and avoids a brush that not only looks gross with hair sticking out all over, but keeps them from dirtying up my drawers. I am an ex hairdresser, and find daily sanitation saves lots of time down the line. Then when the brushes need washing, it is a snap because you have maintained them on a daily basis. More sanitary, too!

    • I agree Darlene! It is so nice to clean things daily. My brush has been clean now since our post! Deb

  9. I like a clean brush too. I use the furniture wand on my vacuum cleaner to pull out the hair. I do it once a week and I have a clean brush. I takes out any other dirt as well. I then just run some warm water over it and voilà, done!

  10. Instead os scissors, I use a seam ripper. Works great!

  11. I just cleaned my hairbrush yesterday! After getting all the hair off, using a small scissors, I thought I’d try putting it in the dishwasher. Perfect!

  12. What about the build up of styling product? Getting the hair off is the easy part.

    • Letting my brush soak and using the toothbrush usually works for me! Deb

    • After soaking in sink with shampoo and hot water, I take an old rag and wipe it across the bristle. Works like a charm and fast!!

    • Removing hair product build-up– this is where the soaking in baking soda comes in. But I never thought of using scissors or a seam ripper to remove the hair. BTW, my hairdresser taught me to make a paste of baking soda and my shampoo in my hand before applying shampoo to remove product build-up from my hair. Do that every so often, not every time you shampoo.

      • Abbijoy, I’ve always wondered if there was something you could do about the product build-up. Thanks for the great tip!

    • After I get the hair out I let them soak in bleach water for a while and all the hair products and any residue comes right off. Then I just wash with a mild soap, rinse and let dry. Good as new

  13. Remove hair from brushes, combs, etc. soak in a solution of hot water and ship-shape, a product I found at Sally’s beauty Supply. It even cleans paintbrushes and 1 box lasted at least 5 years,

    • Never heard of Ship Shape but I have a Sally’s close by. I’ll have to take a look!

      • Maria Chivers says:

        Hi Debbie, I think the expression ‘Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashion’ is a UK saying which we use to mean everything’s hunky dory, clean etc. However, just wanted to add that I clean my brushes and combs weekly like this and then when I have finished I put a capful of Dettol in the sink for half an hour. Thanks for everyone’s comments really enjoy them.

  14. Clean hair out and soak brush for about 30 minutes in water and ammonia. Clean!!

  15. I use pretty much this same method only I use a mixture of ammonia and water. The ammonia cuts the oil/grease from your hair and leaves the brush shiny clean and smelling good :-)

  16. Instead of having to cut the hair from the brush (you might accidentally cut the bristles of the brush), just use another
    hair brush with smaller bristles (keep this one for this use only). The hair comes out very easily. Then you soak the brush in luke warm water and regular shampoo.

  17. I keep a lovely old siver fork in my bathroom cabinet to clean the hair out. Very easy and super fast.

  18. Robynn Peterson says:

    What a great tip!! I have gone ahead and purchased another round brush because mine was looking like yours! Now I can clean both of them so they will look new!! Yea!!!

  19. I do this to my vacuum cleaner brush too, then just vacuum up the mess

  20. These round hair brushes! They do amazing job for volume but are so hard to clean. Thanks a lot for giving so amazing advices! Regards! Cann Hall Carpet Cleaners Ltd.

  21. Hi Debbie! What a fabulous tip to clean our brushes. Funny thing is this morning I told my daughter that it was time to clean my brush again. We always did the hair yanking method to clean our brush and it’s just not that easy and really takes too much time. I love the idea of cutting the hair with scissors.then using a toothbrush to really clean all the yucky residue off. Thanks for sharing this great tip I can’t wait to try it tomorrow. I also LOVE the nest idea and am definitely gonna save strings, yarn, hair or things that birds can use to build their nest. Last year we had an adorable mama blue bird who laid a nest of eggs in our mailbox (actually it was the spot where the newspapers go). Oh you have no idea how excited I was to have these beautiful baby blue birds.. Every day I went outside to feed the mama mealwomes that I bought just for her. What a special treat it was to see the babies grow so close up. Hopefully she will come back again this year and use our mailbox to nest her eggs. Anyhow, sorry for the and thanks again for the tip. By the way you are absolutely beautiful. Your eyes are simply gorgeous.
    Terri of Two Pink Peas

    • Terri, your comment just made my day! What a sweetheart you are! Once we had a momma hummingbird build her nest right near our front door which we couldn’t believe since we were constantly coming in and out but it was amazing to watch those little eggs hatch and the birds grow. We are kindred spirits!!

  22. After removing the hair, I throw my brush in the washing machine with my towels in the laundry and it comes out sparkling clean without all of the mess of soaking or scrubbing.

  23. Is this safe to do with a boar bristle brush with a ceramic core?

    • Casey, I don’t have one of those brushes so I don’t even know what it looks like but my guess is that you can. Dish soap is mild and shouldn’t harm anything. Maybe be careful when you are brushing with the toothbrush so that it doesn’t bend your bristles.

  24. I make a solution of water and ammonia and I soak my combs and brushes. They are so clean you won’t want to get them dirty again. I have done this for at least 50 years

  25. Isn’t it the best feeling to have clean combs and brushes! Thanks for your tips Teri!

  26. Teri, using ammonia and water is how I was brought up cleaning my combs and brushes. it is wonderful. It also works on hair items like clips.


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