Tired of hair clumps in your beard brush? Learn the right way to clean your beard brush in this post today. Keep that beard looking fresh, and make your beard brush last much longer, too!
I can’t help but get a little freaked out at the amount of hair that accumulates on my husband’s beard brush.
Thankfully, thanks to my fantastic beard butter recipe, his beard looks great!
But let’s be honest. Hair getting tangled in brushes definitely comes with the territory.
Hair brushes are the exact same.
They need cleaning often to maintain their effectiveness and so they don’t pass on dirt and grime to the skin.
But I’ll bet you never knew that there is, in fact, a correct way to clean a boar bristle beard brush.
Yep, there is! And this is precisely what we’re covering in this post. Oh, and for the record, you can use this method for cleaning any boar bristle brush.
Below, you’ll find an easy ‘how to’ guide for how to wash a beard brush correctly so it looks like new, ready for use when your better half (or you – depending on who’s reading) needs it.
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Things you’ll need to clean your brush
First things first, you’ll need a few items before you begin the brush-cleaning process.
You will need:
- A large bowl
- Liquid dish soap
- Cleaning cloth (microfiber is ideal)
- Wood oil (optional)
- A fine comb
How to wash a beard brush
Follow these steps for a proper deep clean of your beard brush. You’ll be amazed at how clean it looks by the end!
Step 1: Gently comb out the hair from the brush. You can use your fingers, too, if you prefer. Try and remove as much hair as possible. You can use any comb; I just use an old beard comb.
Step 2: Standing over a bowl or washbasin, pour soapy water over the bristles.
Step 3: Wash the bristles, taking care not to cause damage.
Step 4: Rinse the bristles with clean, cool water.
Step 5: Shake the brush so any stray water comes off, then wipe dry completely with a microfiber cloth or any old, clean rags you have on hand.
Step 6: Air dry the brush. I recommend placing the bristles face down so they dry thoroughly.
Top tip: If your beard brush bristles are glued in, placing the brush with the bristles down to dry will prevent the glue from being damaged and possibly reducing the life of the brush.
Should you oil your beard brush?
This is an interesting one, and the answer is: it’s optional!
You can, by all means, oil the wooden handle of your beard brush to keep it looking shiny and fresh. I would just use a little beard oil for this.
Why not try this beeswax polish – it works great on all types of wood.
Just be careful not to overdo it on the bristles but focus more on the wooden handle.
How often should I clean my beard brush?
You should remove any visible hair strands from your beard brush every time you use it.
But I know that’s not always practical, so I recommend a once-a-week beard brush clean using the above method if your brush gets used daily.
If it’s used less frequently, you could consider cleaning it once a month, and it’ll still work great.
And, of course, some of us remember to clean our beard brushes once on a blue moon. If that’s you, no problem! Just use the washing method with soapy water as and when you remember.
Further tips for how to clean beard brush
- Never soak your beard brush for long periods in water. Think of it more as a rinsing-type action with the soapy water stage.
- Try to avoid the wooden handle getting really wet, as this may cause damage. Wipe off any excess water from the handle before laying it out to dry.
- You can use wood oil to protect the wooden handle (if you wish to). This is more so if your brush doesn’t already have a protective finish.
- Dry the brush with the bristles facing down. You can place a cotton or microfiber cloth underneath the bristles to help absorb excess water while it dries.
- Once the bristles start falling out, it’ll be time to replace your beard brush.
- Take extra care when washing the bristles. Never ‘push’ against them, as this will undoubtedly cause damage.
- Try and clean the bristles at the same angle that the bristles stand naturally, again to avoid damage.
Should you clean your beard brush?
Yes, you should!
Cleaning your beard brush keeps it clean and working at its best and helps it last longer, too.
It takes hardly any extra time to clean, and the results are well worth it! We have been using this method for years and are still using the same brush.
Can I use a beard brush in the shower?
No, you really shouldn’t use a beard brush in the shower. For one, over time, the water can damage the brush.
Plus, a beard brush is really designed for dry beards to shape and style. So, have your shower, towel dry your beard (and body!), and then use the brush to style your beard.
Check out my homemade beard wax recipe if you’re looking for a natural beard styling product to finish off with.
How do you clean a round beard brush?
The cleaning method is the same regardless of your beard brush shape or style. Just be sure to follow the guidance in the method here in this post for the best beard brush results!
Will the wood get damaged if I get water on it?
I always recommend keeping wood away from water as much as possible, as water stains look unsightly and can damage the wood.
A little water won’t do any harm, though; just be eager to wipe it dry soon after.
This will ensure your wooden handle stays unharmed.
It really is an easy thing to do – cleaning a beard brush. And though it seems trivial, a clean beard brush works better, is more beneficial for your skin, and lasts longer, too!
I hope you found this post helpful! Using a clean brush on a clean beard is simply the right thing to do. Who wants to brush out a clean beard with a dirty brush?
If you tried this method for cleaning your beard brush, let me know how it worked by leaving a review below! And as always, if you are looking for more great beard care products, check out one of these next!
- Homemade beard shampoo
- Homemade beard dandruff shampoo
- How to make beard conditioning balm
- How to make and use a beard growth oil
- Gently comb out the hair from the brush. You can use your fingers, too, if you prefer. Try and remove as much hair as possible.
- Standing over a bowl or washbasin, pour soapy water over the bristles.
- Wash the bristles, taking care not to cause damage.
- Rinse the bristles with clean, cool water.
- Shake the brush so any stray water comes off.
- Air dry the brush. (I recommend placing the bristles face down so they dry thoroughly.)
I recommend cleaning your beard brush weekly for the best results.
If your brush has a wooden handle, you can lightly oil it to protect the finish.
Do not tug on the bristles when combing out the brush to prevent damaging the beard brush bristles.