How To Clean a Shaving Brush

updated Jun 5, 2019
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Shaving brushes can run the gamut in terms of cost, ranging from $5-$250 depending on the materials used. No matter what you spend, one thing remains true: Your brush needs to be cleaned regularly to keep soap scum from building up and bacteria from growing.

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What You Need


  • Vinegar
  • Castile soap or organic detergent
  • Warm water


  • Glass or shallow dish
  • Clean rag or paper towel


1. Run your brush under warm water to remove any soap hanging around from your previous shave. Squeeze a few drops of detergent in your hand and lather up the brush as you would for a shave (I used Dr. Bronner’s baby-mild unscented soap for sensitive skin). Rinse in warm water.

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2. Combine water and a splash of vinegar in a glass or shallow bowl. Swish the brush around in the solution and let it soak for up to 5 minutes.

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4. Give your brush one last rinse, squeeze out any remaining moisture, then let air dry.

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