Most people don't give any thought to how clean their hairbrushes and combs are, but the truth is that they are amongst the dirtiest tools you use in your grooming regimen because they are probably cleaned the least.
Over time, hair, dead skin cells and oil and grease from your scalp get trapped in your hairbrushes and combs (not to mention any hair products you may also be using), which makes it even easier for more dust and fiber to collect within the bristles and teeth. This becomes a perfect breeding ground for bacteria, yeast, fungi and parasites to grow, and every time you run your brush or comb through your hair, you are dragging all that disgusting grime back across your scalp.
- white vinegar
- hot water
- antibacterial soap
- old toothbrush, toothpick and scissors (optional)
1. Remove any hair that is caught between the bristles and teeth of your hairbrushes and combs. You can do this simply by pulling at loose strands with your fingers, but if they are particularly tangled, use scissors to carefully cut apart any knots, and a toothpick to pull the hair apart. Try to get most, if not all of it out.
2. Put a mixture of about one part hot water and one part white vinegar in a cup or bowl, and soak your hairbrushes and combs in the solution. Allow them to soak for at least an hour. The vinegar will help lift away any grime and loosen trapped dead skin cells.
3. Take your hairbrushes and combs out of the vinegar solution, and use antibacterial soap and water to give them a good cleaning. If you're having a hard time getting between the bristles and teeth, use an old toothbrush to scrub the hard-to-reach places.
4. Leave the hairbrushes and combs out to dry in a well-ventilated place.
And there you have it. Keep your hair and scalps clean, everyone.