Blame it on my tendencies to want to bleach everything, but I don’t like it when my brushes (and sometimes combs) have any kind of sticky residue on them. If I’m not careful and fall off of my normal cleaning schedule, my conditioner will leave a buildup on the little dips on the cushion of my paddle brush which drives me bananas!
When I was growing up, my mom was just as meticulous as I am – burning our shed hair after detangling and boiling our combs and brushes to get them sparkling clean after a few uses. Okay, my mom was a little extra with the hair burning (she said if you threw it out and a bird got it to make a nest, your hair would fall out) but the clean hair brush and comb deals I always took note of. She did freak me out with the bird thing so I just flush my shed hair. Don’t judge me.
You don’t have to burn anything to get your brushes and combs clean – and we do need them clean – there is nothing more disappointing than getting bits of conditioner from a previous washing session in your hair. You can clean them a few ways – with baking soda or do a modified version of my mama’s way with boiling water.
Mama Bella’s Modified Boiling Water Brush and Comb Cleaner:
1. Remove all the hair from your brushes (and combs). I like to do this when the hair is dry because it comes out as one piece. You can also run water over them and use a rat tail or comb with close teeth to comb the hair out.
2. Bring 4-5 cups of water to a rolling boil and then turn off the heat.
3. Pour the boiling water into a large heat safe bowl – not metal, or you can pour the water into the sink.
4. Add a drop of dish detergent (I don’t recommend shampoo because you want a stronger, squeaky clean) and a half cap of bleach (optional). I always use lavender clorox so my cleaning sessions leave my brushes and combs smelling sooo clean and not like bleach.
5. Drop your combs and brushes into the hot water and let them sit for about a 1/2 hour. Remove them from the water and if need be, add detergent to your brushes and scrub the cushion of your brushes with your fingers to remove any build up and let sit for another 1/2 hour if need be.
6. Remove your brushes from the water, rinse with lukewarm water and lay them on a towel to air-dry.
Baking Soda Comb and Brush Cleaner
1. Remove all the hair from your brushes and combs.
2. Pour 4-5 cups of the hottest tap water you have into a narrow container (I use an old flower vase).
3. Add a 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda and stir to dissolve.
4. Drop your combs and brushes into the hot water and let them sit for about a 1/2 hour. Remove them from the water and if need be, add baking soda to your brushes and scrub the cushion of your brushes with your fingers to remove any build up and let sit for another 1/2 hour if need be.
5. Remove your brushes from the water, rinse with lukewarm water and lay them on a towel to air-dry.
How do you clean your combs and brushes?