How to Clean Hairbrushes in Vinegar

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.

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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

Step 5

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

Step 6

Soak hairbrush overnight or for 6-8 hours.

Step 7

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