How To Properly Clean Hair Tools

How To Properly Clean Hair Tools

Wash day is one of the most important days of the month. You clear your schedule, you have snacks on deck, and you even bought that new deep conditioner that your favorite blogger recommended. Girl, your wash day ritual is about to start but, lo and behold, every single one of your brushes, clips and combs are DIRTY.


Come again? No, I’m not calling you out. I’m just reminding you they need to be cleansed too. The reason why we need to clean our hair tools regularly is because the bacteria and dirt from your hair and scalp are left on the hair tools whether your hair is clean or not. If you don’t clean it, it’s not going anywhere and you’ll wind up using dirty tools in your fluffy, clean hair! Here are some easy instructions on how to clean your tools properly:

Brushes/ Tangle teasers

These may be the most difficult to clean due to the amount of bristles, but don’t fret. It’s not impossible. First, you’ll want to remove all of your shed hair from the bristles. You can use the long end of a rat-tail comb to get them out, a hair brush cleaner or just use your fingers-either works fine. 

Rinse it off to remove any large chunks of lint or flakes and then fill the sink up with water and a clarifying shampoo. Allow the brush to soak for about 5-10 mins so that any debris down at the base will loosen. Using the teeth of your fine toothed comb, go through each row of bristles in a scrubbing motion in order to lift the debris. Rinse thoroughly with clean water and allow it to air dry face down on the bristles. 


If you use a Denman brush (or something comparable), the best way to clean them is by taking them apart and soaking the pieces in a solution of water and clarifying shampoo. If you’ve found that you have a lot of buildup within the crevices of the brush, use a scrub brush to lift up any debris your may find. You can also follow up the cleansing with some disinfectant so that no mold builds up inside. Rinse thoroughly and allow the pieces to dry completely before putting the brush back together.


Combs are pretty easy to clean, but not everyone remembers to do so. All you really need to do when cleaning your comb is douse it with a little bit of clarifying shampoo and just rub it in with your hand or a scrub brush. Rinse with clean water and let it air dry. 

Clips/ Pins

Hair clip are too often forgotten about when it comes down to cleaning but, luckily enough, they aren’t difficult to clean at all! I’ve found that the best way to clean them is by dampening a washcloth with some water and shampoo or Lysol and wiping them off individually. Hold the clip/pin open and use the cloth to clean each side thoroughly. Rinse off with clean water and allow to air dry.

Flat irons

If you’re not afraid of a little heat, then chances are you use your flat iron semi-religiously. If you’ve ever noticed that cakey-type stuff that builds up on the sides of the flat iron, then you know that that’s NOT something you’re interested in getting in your hair. There are cleaners specifically designed for flat irons so that the metal is not stripped or compromised in any way, but some simple dish washing liquid won’t hurt it. 


Make a solution of 1 cup water and 2 tbsp. dish washing liquid. Dip a washcloth in the solution, wring it out so that the cloth is damp and not dripping wet. Wipe each iron off completely, focusing on the sides of the iron where the most build up occurs. Complete until the iron is clean. Wipe the irons off again completely with a different washcloth that has been dampened with just water in order to remove any residue left from the soap. 


Hair shears can pretty much be cleaned the same way that flat irons are cleaned. Either that or you can just wipe them clean with a Lysol wipe for a quick clean up.

Silk Ties/ Scrunchies/ Hair Ties

This may seem a bit excessive, but hey. Why not? Silk ties can actually be cleaned with your delicate laundry, just be sure to put them in an undergarment bag beforehand so that they don’t get tangled up or lost in the clothes. Scrunchies and hair ties can be cleaned with a little bit of shampoo and water. Dab a little bit of shampoo into your hand and work it into the scrunchies. Rinse with water and pat dry with a towel. 

How Often Should I Clean Them?

The amount of times you’ll need to cleanse your tools pretty much relies on how often you use them. You should cleanse your tools after each time that you’ve used them in order to cut down on build up. I doubt any of these tools are being used on the daily, so I’d make it a point to throw cleansing my tools into my wash day routine. 

What are some easy ways that you clean your hair tools?




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