Sanitizing your hairbrushes about once a month not only keeps them clean and fresh smelling but also helps to keep your hair and scalp healthy. Most homes already have the necessary items to clean and sanitize your washable hair products, so you don’t have to buy an expensive sanitizing solution from a store. For a simple and quick way to clean your hairbrushes and combs the next time they are dirty, try making your own disinfectant solution.

Things You'll Need

Clean all the hair from your hairbrush. If it is dirty, then wash with warm soapy water.

Pour the vinegar into a bucket. You can substitute bleach or ammonia for the vinegar and use cold water instead of hot. The sink or a large bowl also work well for sanitizing hairbrushes and combs.

Add 3 cups of hot water from the tap to the vinegar. The water should be hot but not so much that it burns your hands. Place your hairbrush in the solution.

Soak the brush between 10 and 15 minutes. Next, rinse the sanitized hairbrush with warm water.

Shake off the excess water, and place the brush on a towel to dry.


  • Depending on the size of your bucket, you can sanitize multiple hairbrushes at the same time.

References and Resources

How to Clean Stuff: Hair Brush