5 Simple Steps to Clean a Hot Comb

cleaning a hot comb

Like myself, many of you may be wondering about how to clean a hot comb.

Let’s be real; not everybody has money lying around idly to buy a hot comb every time it gets dirty.

So today, I offer you a complete guide on not just cleaning a hot comb but restoring it in 5 detailed steps.

Don’t worry, everything you need for these steps is right inside your house already!

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How To Clean Hot Combs? (Pressing Comb)

Let’s start with some basic tips on how to clean hot combs, also called a pressing comb.

Use A Pen Or Your Hands To Get Rid Of Built-Up Hair

This method is among the simplest to get the gunk out of a hot comb. It primarily involves me removing accumulated hair out of my comb.

It helps me save time abundantly whenever I need to wash my hot comb. Also, it’ll help you cut down the cost of purchasing a new hot comb. That’s what I love about these hacks the most, to be honest.

Check out this video for some more tips on removing the gunk:


Other tips for Removing Hair

  • If you don’t want to use a pen, a crochet or knitting needle also works.
  • Clean the tiny spaces between the bristles by using another comb.
  • Use scissors to cut segments of rigid hair that are stuck.

Suppose, even after employing these methods, you’re not able to get rid of the dirt. In that case, I’d strongly advise you to amp it up and use soap and hot water. Below, I’ve provided the steps in detail.

How to Clean A Pressing Comb Using A Mixture Of Soap And Hot Water

If you find that you still need a deeper clean, try this method! For hot comb cleaning, you’ll be needing the following ingredients:

  • Soap: 1-2tbsp
  • Vinegar: 1-2tbsp

Step 1: Start by warming water in a basin or sink. But make sure you don’t make the same mistake like I did and use boiling water.

Make a soapy solution by adding soap to lukewarm water. You can also use shampoo for the mixture.

The soap will make its way through the natural hair residues without damaging the hot comb. For about half an hour, let the hot comb rest in the mixture.

The mixture will also help loosen up and remove other dirt particles.

Step 2: Get rid of the remaining cleaning residue by taking a toothbrush and gently scrub through the hot comb.

The best way to clean a comb is to use a toothbrush to scrub the bristles in case your comb is extra dirty.

That makes sure you eliminate not only hair from the hot comb but also remove other dirt particles stuck to it.

Step 3: Once you’re done scrubbing your hot comb with a toothbrush, make sure to rinse it thoroughly using clean and warm water.

Make sure that you remove even shampoo residues. To do that, properly rinse your hot comb with warm water continuously.

That way, you’ll be removing hair, dirt, and soap residues by using warm, clean water.

Step 4: After you’ve thoroughly rinsed your hot comb, dry it out by using a towel. The dry towel you use must be clean.

This step is essential for keeping the hot comb cool. It’ll get rid of water remaining on the surface and within the bristles and ensure that it dries out completely.

You can even opt to dry your hot comb overnight. To do that, simply place your hot comb on a clean, dry towel at night.

Step 5: You must remove dirty products and soapy mixture from the basin or sink. It’s crucial that you drain out the remaining dirty water.

Once you’re done draining out the dirty water, grab a cloth for cleaning the sink.

At the same time, you’ll be requiring cleaning agents in case there’s a lot of accumulated dirt. For the cleaning agent, you can prepare a warm vinegar solution at home and a small/mini wire brush.

Take your hot comb straightener and immerse it in the vinegar solution.

Once you’re done, do a thorough scrubbing by using a hot brush.

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How Often You Should Clean Hot Comb?

In one month, you should clean your styling tool about two times. But scrub it more often in case you have long straight hair as I do.

Hair contains greasy hair dirt products. Continual usage of hot combs without properly cleaning them might result in these particles making their way back. And that’s simply yuck!

You must be well aware of how petroleum-based jelly components in various hair products are prone to this.

If you want a healthy scalp, it’s crucial that you wash your hot combs regularly and maintain them. That is unless you’ve no issues with housing hair and scalp residue on your head.

Simply scrubbing and washing the hot comb with soap and warm water every time you clean your hair is ample.

Expert Tip: “I make sure my flat iron is warm but unplugged and spray the problem areas with a cleaning solution. Then I use a wet cloth to wipe the hair buildup.”TheWeaveWhisperer

Things to Do to Clean a hot Comb

  • Do not use boiling water to clean your hot comb.
  • Remember to not let hair residues make their way into the sink pipes.

That’s because these residues can clump together and can easily clog your sink. Trust me; it’s not fun to take a clump of your hair out of the sink.

  • In case you’re using an electric comb, avoid immersing it completely in the cup of vinegar solution.


How do you get the gunk out of a comb?

Prepare warm water and pour it into a shallow dish or a big mug. In the warm water, make a solution by adding either a small amount of shampoo or white vinegar.
Soften the gunk by immersing the hot comb into the solution and leaving it be for some time. Gently scrub it with a metal brush.

Can a hot comb straighten hair?

Yes! Hot combs are among the best tools to help straighten your curly hair. It’s effective against types of hair that are quite difficult to straighten out.
You can even use a hot comb to straighten colored hair. For that, you must educate yourself on “How To Use A Hot Comb?”


With that said, I conclude this article on how to clean a hot comb in 5 simple steps.

Also, check out my analysis on “How to Hot Comb Hair” and “Gold n Hot Hot Comb.”

Hopefully, you found an alternative to having to purchase new hot combs every time it gets dirty.

woman brushing her hair using a hot comb

If you have more tips on how to clean a hot comb, let us know in the comments below!


  • Higuera, Valencia. 2019. “Why You Need to Clean Your Hairbrush and How to Do It.” Healthline. Healthline Media. September 23, 2019. https://www.healthline.com/health/how-to-clean-a-hairbrush.