How to Clean a Pet Brush or Comb

Two Methods:Apple cider vinegar washAntibacterial soap and rubbing alcohol

Keep your pet's grooming gear in top shape by cleaning brushes or combs regularly. Clean grooming gear will ensure that your pet stays healthy.

Method 1
Apple cider vinegar wash

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    Remove all fur from the brush or comb. Dispose of appropriately.
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    Pour apple cider vinegar into a bowl. The bowl should be wide enough to accommodate the brush or comb.
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    Dip the brush bristles or comb teeth right into the vinegar. Wipe over any grimy parts if needed.
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    Rinse under cold water.
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    Let air dry. The brush or comb should now be both clean and sterilized by the vinegar, which will inhibit bacterial growth.
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    Repeat at least every two weeks. Wash more frequently if you groom your pet a lot or the brush/comb becomes dirty.

Method 2
Antibacterial soap and rubbing alcohol

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    Remove all fur from the brush or comb. Rub over the bristles or teeth with rubbing alcohol on a cleaning cloth.
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    Fill a bowl or sink with hot water. If using a bowl, it needs to be large enough to fit the brush or comb.
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    Add some antibacterial soap. Alternatively, add a few small drops of bleach.
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    Let the brush or comb soak for 20 minutes to half an hour.
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    Remove from the water. Shake off any excess water.
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    Air dry. If you need to speed up the drying, use a very clean drying cloth or a paper towel.

Tips

  • Some brushes are self-cleaning. Follow the packaging instructions.

Things You'll Need

Method 1:

  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Bowl or sink
  • Cleaning rag/cloth

Method 2:

  • Antibacterial soap or bleach
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Bowl or sink
  • Cleaning rag/cloth or paper towel

Sources and Citations

  • L&K Designs, Vinegar: 1001 Practical Uses, p. 77, (2007), ISBN 978-1-84397-806-0

Article Info

Categories: Dog Grooming