Removing Hair from Brushes

August 29, 2008

Cleaning Hair from a BrushOnce I've pulled out as much of the trapped hair from the brush with my fingers as possible, I take an envelope opener and run the pointed end through the brush's "lanes", pulling the embedded hair up to the top of the bristles. I do this until I get a good amount then pull it off, and repeat those steps until the brush is virtually hair-free. It works like a charm! This also makes washing the brushes much easier. (This technique works on all brushes, but better on vent and dog brushes than regular bristled brushes).


Source: I "accidentally" discovered this technique when I was desperately trying to remove my dog's hair from her brush without poking my fingers on the needle-like bristles. I figured if I could find something long and skinny enough that could slide through and pull up the hairs in the center that I couldn't get to, I'd be able to utilize more of the brush. I looked on my computer desk, saw the envelope opener, and "voila"! A tip is born!

By Charla from Colorado Springs, CO

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November 19, 2004

I'd like to know how to remove hair from hairbrushes with plastic bristles, like the kind used for blow-drying. I soak my brushes in a ammonia solution but getting all the hair off is tedious. Any suggestions?

Jeanne from Wisconsin


November 19, 20040 found this helpful

This is just a suggestion, please let us know if it works. How about taking a sharp pair of scissors and cutting through the hair going row by row?

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November 20, 20040 found this helpful

And then save the hair for the birds to make their nests- put hair strands inside the orange mesh bag that onions come in and hang outside in the spring. Add the short pieces of sewing thread that are leftovers.

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By Annemarie (Guest Post)
November 20, 20040 found this helpful

Put a knee-high or nylon over the brush push the tines though. Slip off to remove hair.

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November 20, 20040 found this helpful

Just use a comb--use the teeth of the comb to "scratch" the brush all the way to the bottom and loosen the hair until it is high enough up on the brush bristles that you can just pull it oout with your fingerstips.

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November 20, 20040 found this helpful

I soak my brushes in ammonia and water, too, in the bathroom sink. I just use a comb that I'm also cleaning at the time (!) and pass it thru the brush to get out the hair.


Then pull the hair off the comb or brush with your hand. This can be done when they're not wet, too!

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By Sharon James (Guest Post)
November 21, 20040 found this helpful

I just put them into the dishwasher & works for me!

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December 31, 20040 found this helpful

I use my hair PICK & run it down through the rows of bristles. It works beautifully. Also, you can buy a crystal-like product at a beauty supply store that will take care of it, too. I have tried both & I prefer the PICK method & it's free!

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By brittney. (Guest Post)
June 1, 20050 found this helpful

i just use scissors and cut through the hair. Or i get a sharp knife

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May 17, 20160 found this helpful

I use the little seam ripper gadgets that I use when sewing.

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October 28, 20160 found this helpful

In the dishwasher? Where does the hair go ? Seems that you will eventually have a plugged drain. Since this was in 2004, there has got to be a problem by now. LOL

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May 26, 2014

I have a short haired dog. I purchased a silicone deshedding brush. It works well but I find removing the hair is impossible, any suggestions?

By Sarah from Maryland


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December 7, 20170 found this helpful

May need to change to a wire brush. They can be found even at the $1 store. The hair sticks to the silicone ones making them very hard to clean.

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December 8, 20170 found this helpful

I had a stainless steel comb that worked well on long fine hair on my dog.

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