How to Spring Clean Hair Products and Styling Tools

It's clean up time!

As the sweet smell of spring begins to linger in the air, we all get that spring-cleaning itch. The act of spring cleaning goes way beyond the closet. It’s not just about storing all of your chunky knits, furs and coats to make room for light and airy pieces. This is the time to also spring clean your beauty closet and medicine cabinets. Spring clean hair products and styling tools so you can start the season off on a clean slate.

Begin your spring cleaning at home with this handy guide below:

nexxus ibiza brush for detangling hair
Clean your brushes and combs as they tend to pick up dirt and bacteria.

1. Hair Brushes and Combs

Truth be told, you should really spring clean hair brushes and combs not just during spring, but at least once or twice a week! They’re a trap for oil, lint, and dirt, which is probably why your hair can sometimes feel weighed down and dirty after a hair wash. You can simply use a shampoo like Suave Essentials Daily Clarifying Shampoo to rinse them out and let them air-dry. If you need to use them right away, blow-dry them with cool air only.

Woman with long hair flat ironing her hair.
Start with a clean slate. Cleanse the plates and attachments of your heat styling tools for better-looking hairstyles.

2. Heat-Styling Tools

You know that residue you often see on your heat styling tools? That’s not meant to stay there. Remove the gunk with a mixture of baking soda and water. Mix the two until you create a paste-like consistency. Take a cloth and dip it into the paste and apply to the flat iron plates or curling iron barrel (make sure they are unplugged!). Let the mixture sit for a few minutes, then gently scrub the plates of your flat iron. Remove any excess baking soda with a clean, damp cloth and allow your tools to dry. When it comes to your blowdryer, rinse concentration nozzles and diffusers with a soapy solution. Dishwashing liquid or shampoo works just fine.

back of hair product
Read the labels! Check the back of your products to determine when you should throw them out.

3. Hair Products

We’re all guilty for having products for months and years, but did you know they expire? Gather all of your hair products together, take a seat and put on some music, because it’s inventory time. Check the labels of your products to find expiration dates. To do this, turn the product to the back and locate an icon that looks like an open jar (usually near the barcode, like above image). You’ll notice a number on the jar: This number indicates how many months the product is good for after opening and using. If you remember the time you began to use the product you’re in good shape, and that will help you determine whether you should toss it or keep it. But before you toss, read how you can recycle instead!