So you have received your new shave brush, but now you’re looking to keep your brush clean? You would assume that your shaving brush would remain clean after constantly being dipped in your shave soaps and warm water, right? Unfortunately, shave brushes often collect dirt, oil and bacteria from your shaves over time.

The frequency that you will have to clean your shave brush depends on how well you rinse and dry the shave brush after each time you shave. While it’s not recommended to clean your shave brush everyday, there are certain factors that will help you decide how often to properly clean it. Is your water hard or soft? Have your bristles began to lose their limber strength?

If you answered hard water and you’ve noticed your bristles have began to lose their strength, we think it’s time for you to clean your shave brush.

Here are a couple of methods to properly clean your shave brush:

#1: Apple Cider Vinegar, Shampoo, Toothbrush and Warm Water

  1. Run your shave brush under warm water from your sink.
  2. Add a couple of drops of shampoo to the tips of the bristles and slowly work it into the entirety of the shave brush with your fingers.
  3. Rinse the shampoo out of the shave brush with warm water from your sink.
  4. Fill a cup up with warm water and let the shave brush sit in the cup for about 5 minutes.
  5. Use a toothbrush to scrub the bristles and remove any visible residue.
  6. Rinse the shave brush with warm water from your sink.
  7. Rinse out your cup and fill it with warm water and apple cider vinegar.
  8. Leave your shave brush submerged in the water and apple cider vinegar for about 5 minutes.
  9. Swirl the shave brush around the cup.
  10. Rinse the shave brush with warm water.
  11. Brush over a dry towel to remove any excess water.

Tip: You can use pet shampoo instead of normal shampoo. Also you can use white vinegar instead of apple cider vinegar. 

#2: Liquid Dishwasher Detergent, Conditioner, Glycerin, Toothbrush and Warm Water

  1. Fill a mug with warm water and add a small amount of liquid detergent.
  2. Swish around your shave brush and make sure the bristles are fully submerged in the water.
  3. Swirl the brush around the cup to help knock off the extra residue in the bristles.
  4. Leave the shave brush in the cup of water and liquid detergent for about 5 minutes. Make sure that the water has fully submerged all of the bristles from the brush.
  5. Give the brush a few more swirls around the cup.
  6. Empty the cup and rinse it out.
  7. If the shave brush is still not clean, use a toothbrush to more effectively clean your shave brush. Scrub around the base of the bristles and brush the bristles in an upward motion.
  8. Rinse the shave brush with warm water and squeeze the brush’s bristles to remove any excess water.
  9. Repeat steps 1-3 with a couple drops of glycerin and warm water.
  10. Leave the shave brush in the cup of glycerin and water for about 5 minutes.
  11. Rinse your brush with warm water.
  12. Pour some conditioner on the bristle tips and massage the conditioner into all parts of the hairs.
  13. Rinse the brush with water and gently squeeze out any extra water.
  14. Brush over a dry towel to remove any excess water.

Tip: Make sure to clean the bristles of the shave brush in an upward motion (in the direction the bristles are pointing).

#3: Soak In Borax

If your brush has become filled with mildew or built up soaps, soak your shave brush in a solution called borax. Borax, also known as sodium borate is a multipurpose household cleaner that is known to eliminate kitchen odors and helps remove bathroom stains. Borax is available at grocery stores and online on Amazon.

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