How to Dissolve Hair From a Hairbrush at Home

by Angela Reinholz ; Updated September 28, 2017

Clean a favorite hairbrush, so you can continue using it.

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A good hairbrush helps keep hair looking well-kept and untangled. Keeping your hairbrush clean of old hair, dirt and gunk does not have to be a difficult task. Dissolve old hair from your hair brush to keep the brush looking new. Getting rid of old hair and foreign objects from the hair brush helps prevent dirt and other particles from going back into your clean hair.

Use your fingers or a comb and pull out all the hair that you can from your brush. Removing all the strands that you can on your own will make it easier to dissolve the hair off the hairbrush.

Boil four to six cups of water and put the water in a bowl or in the sink basin.

Add two to three drops of mild dish detergent and two to three teaspoons of lemon juice to the water. This will help remove all the extra build up on your brushes.

Place your brushes in the water. Wait for around an hour and during this time the hair will dissolve off the brush in the water water.

Remove any additional substances on your hair brush by using a clean toothbrush and scrub the brush with the toothbrush until all of the hair and dirt is removed.

Air-dry your hair brush for an hour or so before you attempt to use it again.

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Angela Reinholz is a full-time freelance writer. Reinholz started writing professionally in 2007, specializing in animals and social work with some branching off into legal matters. She has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Southern New Hampshire University and an associate degree in network administration from McIntosh College, located in Dover, N.H.