How to Clean Pomade Combs

by Kimberly Johnson ; Updated September 28, 2017

Cut through pomades with grease-cutting detergents.

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A smooth, sleek, comb-back hairdo is the sign of a super-suave man, and the style is usually accomplished with a little pomade. Although pomade stays in place in your hair, it also stays on your combs too. Since it’s petroleum-based, soap and water can’t remove all of the greasy residue left behind. Removing the pomade requires a grease-cutting solvent and plenty of scrubbing. Clean your pomade combs after every use to keep them spic and span.

Hold the comb under hot running water to wet all surfaces.

Squeeze 1 teaspoon of a grease-cutting dish-washing liquid over the teeth of the comb and briskly rub your fingers over all surfaces to dissolve the pomade. Use gentle pressure so that you do not break any of the teeth on the comb.

Turn the hot water back on and hold the comb under the running water to rinse away the soap suds. Continue rinsing until the water runs clear and no soap bubbles remain on the comb.

Dry the comb thoroughly using a towel, and rub your fingers across the surface to determine if it still feels greasy. If the greasy feeling remains, continue with the cleaning process.

Fill a sink half full of hot water and add 1/2 cup of baking soda. Stir up the water using your hand to dissolve the baking soda.

Insert the comb into the sink and let it soak for 15 minutes.

Remove the comb from the sink and drain out the water. Rinse the comb in clean water.

Dry the comb on a towel and then lay it on top of the towel to allow any remaining moisture to evaporate.


  • Another way to remove pomade is to pour a can of soda over the comb as you rub the surface with your fingers.

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About the Author

Kimberly Johnson is a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in various online publications including eHow, Suite101 and Examiner. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and began writing professionally in 2001.