Ever wonder what the fuzz on your hair brush is? It's a mix of dust, fibers, oils, dry skin cells, and hair products that, if not regularly removed, can grow bacteria... gross!

Just like we regularly wash and clean our hair, we have to regularly clean our hairbrush. If you've made the sustainable swap and have switched to our bamboo paddle hairbrush, you may be wondering what is the right way to clean and maintain it. Let's dive into this guide that's all about keeping your hair brush in tip-top shape to it lasts a long time. 🌱✨

Bamboo paddle hairbrushes are not just trendy; they are a sustainable choice for your haircare routine. Unlike plastic brushes, bamboo ones are biodegradable, reducing unnecessary plastic waste from sitting in a landfill for a gazillion years. Bamboo is such an amazing material because it doesn't need pesticides or fertilizers, and very little water to produce. 

Benefits of using a Bamboo Hairbrush

  • Eco-Friendly: Bamboo is actually a grass and grows super fast, making it the perfect renewable resource.
  • Healthy for Hair: they are extra gentle; reducing static, frizz and breakage leaving your hair healthy and detangled. 
  • Durability: With the right care, they can last for years!

The Importance of Maintenance

Maintaining your bamboo hairbrush is not just about cleanliness, but also about ensuring its longevity. Proper care can make your brush last way longer than you'd think. A clean brush means no old hair or product buildup. This translates to smoother, tangle-free hair every time you brush.

Cleaning Steps for Bamboo Paddle Hairbrush

Gathering the necessary materials

Before we jump into cleaning, let's make sure we have everything ready.

List of materials

Step-by-Step Cleaning Process:

1. Removing hair
  • First things first, regularly remove the hair from your brush using a pointy comb, your fingers, or get creative and repurpose some chopsticks as a hair-removing tool. No need to purchase anything fancy!

remove hair from hairbrush tips

2. Cleaning with soap and water

  • Prepare a mixture of warm water and a capful of Castile soap or shampoo.
  • Dip the toothbrush into the mixture and gently clean the bristles and the rubber paddle.
  • Avoid soaking the entire brush as this can damage the bamboo by causing it to swell and crack. 

plastic free liquid castile soap

3. Drying the brush

  • Always dry your brush with the bristles facing down to prevent water from getting trapped.
  • Let it air dry completely before using it again. A good hour in the sun usually does the trick!

how to dry a bamboo hairbrush

Taking care of your bamboo paddle hairbrush ensures it remains an effective and sustainable tool in your haircare routine. Bonus: a well-maintained brush means healthier, shinier hair!

Watch the How-To Video Here.


  1. Can I use any soap to clean the brush?
    • Preferably, use a mild soap, Castile Soap, or shampoo. nothing that could be acidic and cause damage to the brush or natural rubber pad.
  2. How often should I clean my bamboo brush?
    • It's best to clean it once every two weeks to once a month, but remove hair from it after every use.
  3. What if my brush gets moldy?
    • Unfortunately, you might need to replace it. In the future, ensure it dries completely and store it in a dry place.
  4. Can I soak the brush in water?
    • It's not recommended. Prolonged water exposure can damage the bamboo and cause it to swell and crack. A gentle scrub and rinse should do the trick if done regularly. 
  5. Do bamboo brushes work for all hair types?
    • Absolutely! They're versatile and suit most hair types.

Plastic hairbrushes often end up in landfills and can take hundreds of years to decompose. By switching to a bamboo hairbrush when your current brush has run its course, you can reduce your plastic waste and minimize your ecological footprint. However, to make sure you're REALLY doing some good for the planet, it's important to care for them, and we hope this guide helped.

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