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Especially removing all of the clumps of dead skin and hair products from around the bristles.


Posted by Mummy1214, 4th September 2014


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  • My mum would remove all the hair then place brushes in warm water with a splash of bleach and leave to soak for a couple of hours. She then scrubbed between bristles with a tooth brush, rinsed and dried them


  • I remove daily the hairs and then every now and then a vinegar bicarb soak, brushing the difficult to remove skin cells and dirt with an old tooth brush away. Another old fashioned good tip is to use a denture tablet to soak or brush with an old toothbrush and toothpaste !


  • Clean the brush and soak in hot water with shampoo!


  • I let our hair brushes soak in hot water to loosen the hair & anything else that may be in there and anything remaining I pick out with a tooth pick.


  • This is what my mum used to do. Remove as much hair and dust as you can, then soak in a weak solution of bleach and warm water. Then lightly scrub with scrubbing brush. Soak fir longer if needed. Gets rid of most of the gunk


  • I had honestly never thought to question this… some handy tips in those answers tho!


  • Daily removal will help surely…you can also try warm water to soften the dead cells there.


  • Mason Pearson UK make the best hairbrushes in the world. Go to their website and look under Our Hairbrush. There is a guide to cleaning there.


  • Clean regularly… it is so much easier.


  • time for a new brush. I always replace mine as soon as they show signs of heavy wear


  • Thanks everyone for the tips. I’ve tried a few of them and it’s made a huge difference!


  • these are all great answers from all of you mums


  • Remove all the hair and soak in a container of warm soapy water. Soak for about 10 or 15 minutes then I use an old toothbrush or nailbrush to scrub the gunk away under a running tap. ta da :-)


  • I soak my hairbrushes in boiling water with shampoo and tea tree oil. I leave them all day then take them out run a wide tooth comb through them to get rid of excess hair and Voila clean, healthy brushes.


  • Depending on the type of brush – when I clean my wide bristled flat brush, I just use one arm of my eyebrow tweezers to get rid of all the hair, then I clean it with a little shampoo, water and a softer, more full bristled brush, rubbing them together. Essentially cleaning both brushes at once. Rinse them and leave them drying on a clean towel.


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