Keeping your hair tools clean

Healthy hair requires clean tools. Many people (myself included) may forget to clean our brushes, combs and clips from time to time. Lack of cleaning could harbor germs that could lead to allergic reactions or infections. Recently, I realized that it had been a while since I cleaned my hair tools. It was the perfect opportunity to share my method with you.

What I used:

  • Shampoo
  • Bucket (optional)
  • Water
  • My dirty hair tools
  • A toothpick or something similar with a sharp edge


[1] Place some shampoo in the bucket and fill with water to about one-third. You could also do this in a sink.


I use a clarifying shampoo because it is designed to remove hair products and build up. I used Suave Daily Clarifying Shampoo, which is a product I didn’t really like. However, it works great for this purpose.


[2] Put your combs, brushes, and clips in the bucket and allow them to soak for a bit. I left them in for about 30 minutes.

[3] Take some of the foam and comb it through the brush. Then, take some of the foam and rub it through the comb.


[4] My butterfly clips have some crevices where build-up so I used a toothpick to scrape it out. Soaking the tools helped to loosen the residue.


[5] Rinse off the shampoo thoroughly and leave to dry. I left my tools under the sun so the heat helped dry them quickly. Make sure they are fully dried so that mildew won’t grow.

How do you clean your hair tools? How often do you do it?