How to Clean Hair Brushes With Vinegar

Ariba Pervaiz
by Ariba Pervaiz
7 Materials
30 Minutes

If you’re experiencing tons of hair fall and greasiness, your first course of action should be to clean your hair brushes.

Follow along to learn how to clean hair brushes with vinegar.

Tools and materials:

  • Hair brush
  • Sink
  • Hot water
  • Shampoo
  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar
  • Toothbrush or teasing comb
Removing hair from brush

1. Remove hair from the brush

Start by physically removing the hair from the bristles. You can use a pointed tool or a closed pair of thin scissors to help you.

Do you see all that white stuff?

Removing hair from brush

That’s dead skin, dust and bacteria from your scalp!

Pulling face

If this is what you’re dealing with too, know that I’m right there with you!

Removing hair from brush

2. Add ingredients to hot water in the sink

Plug your sink and fill it with hot water, a few squirts of shampoo, baking soda and vinegar.

Adding ingredients to water

3. Soak your brushes

Grab your brushes and let them soak in the sink for about 10 minutes.

Soaking brushes

For wood and bamboo brushes:

Note that not all of your brushes should be soaked!

Porous materials like wood and bamboo should not be submerged in water.

Wooden brushes

In this case, sprinkle baking soda directly on the brushes while holding them over the sink.

Adding baking soda

Then pour the vinegar onto the bristles only.

Cleaning brushes

Then take a toothbrush or a teasing brush and give it a very solid scrub.

Cleaning brushes

Next, rinse it in hot water.

Cleaning brushes

After 10 minutes of soaking the other brushes, scrub the bristle area with the same toothbrush or teasing comb.

Then rinse with clean, hot water.

Cleaning brushes

Let the brushes air dry on a towel and that’s it!

Clean hair brushes

How to clean hair brushes with vinegar

All you need are a few household items to clean your hair brushes with vinegar.

Try out this brush cleaning hack and your hair and scalp will be happier and healthier!

Next, check out my post on How to DIY an Easy Indian Clay Mask for Hair Growth.

Suggested materials:
  • Hair brush
  • Sink
  • Hot water
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  • C Uhilz C Uhilz on Aug 26, 2023

    I’m adding to my last post, how about cleaning your hair brushes in your laundry room if you have one.

    Please y’all don’t pour mop water or wash your pet dishes in your kitchen sink. Think about your health and cleanliness and sanitary hygiene in food prep and eating area. I would never eat food from someone kitchen who perform those cleaning tasks in their kitchen sink.

    • Ursala Ursala on Nov 20, 2023

      So…I’m guessing you don’t approve of the dishwasher method?

      I agree on the mop water thing, but a dogs mouth has less bacteria than a humans, and I would definitely wash their bowls where I wash dishes. I’ll throw them in the dishwasher as well. Now I’m not going to put dried up wet cat food in the dishwasher, but they make things that catch all debris that would go down your sink drain. Yes, it’s gross. I bleach everything anyway, so I’m not worried about it.

      To each his own tho.

  • Kimberly Kurowsky Kimberly Kurowsky on Nov 20, 2023

    You can also clean your hair brushes and combs in the dishwasher and take them out right after rinse. Let air dry only!