How to Clean a Dry Brush

HOW TO CLEAN A DRY BRUSH

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So you’ve started dry brushing? Great, me too! It makes a huge difference in my body’s ability to detox. If you haven’t started yet, here’s more information on why it’s worth the 5 minute daily ritual. I’ve noticed advice on-line to discard your brush after 3 months of use and to get new one. I appreciate this advice, given where that dry brush (find it here) has been, and how often. But I had another idea: Let’s learn how to clean a dry brush.

My favorite place to dry brush is my arm pits. There are lymph nodes located in our arm pitsSpecifically, my favorite place to dry brush is my arm pits. There are lymph nodes located in our arm pits that when stroked release toxins. Perhaps I am especially sensitive; but I can actually feel a rush happen in my body, like a wave of die-off, when I brush the nodes under my neck, behind my ear lobes and under my arms. (The arm pits also help the body to detoxify through sweating.) I discovered, before seeing a lymphatic map, that the pubic line area has this same effect. I now know that there's a major network of lymph nodes around the bikini area. that when stroked release toxins. Perhaps I am especially sensitive; but I can actually feel a rush happen in my body, like a wave of die-off, when I brush the nodes under my neck, behind my ear lobes and under my arms. (The arm pits also help the body to detoxify through sweating.) I discovered, before seeing a lymphatic map, that the pubic line area has this same effect. I now know that there’s a major network of lymph nodes around the bikini area.

You get the idea. Body odor, toxins, genitalia, dry brush… after a while the thing maybe needs to be replaced.

However, I’m that girl who believes in reduce, reuse, recycle… wash. After owning my dry brush for 3 months it looked brand new. The wooden base, into which the bristles are attached, maintained complete integrity and the long wooden handle, well, of course, it showed no wear and tear. Throw it away? That seemed absurd.

I typed how to clean your dry brush and several variations of that into my search engine and came up dry. So this is the method I’ve created and I think it works great.

Goals when cleaning the brush are as follows:

  • Keep all wood dry to maintain the integrity of the brush. (Wood and water are not friends.)
  • Use an antibacterial agent to kill any bacteria on the bristles.
  • Remove any dead skin cells that have sloughed off my skin in the past 3 months.
  • If the bristles get wet during the cleaning process dry them quickly to keep the wood at their base dry and to ensure the bristles are dry for my next brushing.

Here’s my quick step-by-step cleaning method:

Find a bowl that the brush fits into easily. Fill the bowl with water slightly lower than the bristles are tall, about 1". Add 3 drops tea tree essential oil.

  1. Find a bowl that the brush fits into easily. Fill the bowl with water slightly lower than the bristles are tall, about 1″.
  2. Add 3 drops tea tree essential oil. (Find it here.)
  3. Remove the handle from your dry brush. Place the brush into the water solution, bristles facing down, agitating the water gently (with a back and forth or swishing
  4. motion), moving the brush around in the sanitizing water, both freeing dead skin cells and distributing the essential oil amidst the bristles. (Essential oils don’t mix evenly into water.)
  5. Lift out the brush keeping the bristles facing downward. Shake it out over the sink. Add fresh water to the same bowl, rinsing the brush in the same way you washed it, with a gentle swishing motion. Discard water and shake the brush out over the sink.Remove the handle from your dry brush. Place the brush into the water solution, bristles facing down, agitating the water gently (with a back and forth or swishing motion), moving the brush around in the sanitizing water, both freeing dead skin cells and distributing the essential oil amidst the bristles. (Essential oils don't mix evenly into water.)

The next steps are optional, for drying the brush in cold weather: double over an old dish towel. Lay the brush bristle-side down on the towel. Fold the towel over again, so the brush nests inside. Safety pin 4 points of the towel so it can’t fall out.

Place dry brush in the dryer with a load of drying clothes, preferably during the last 30 minutes of the cycle. This final step allows all the water to be absorbed into the towel and for it to dry. The towel protects the dry brush and gives it a quiet ride. Alternately, during hot, dry weather, the dry brush would dry quickly if placed outside in the fresh air and sunshine.

Double over an old dish towel. Lay the brush bristle-side down on the towel. Fold the towel over again, so the brush nests inside. Safety pin 4 points of the towel so it can't fall out. Place dry brush in the dryer with a load of drying clothes, preferably during the last 30 minutes of the cycle. This final step allows all the water to be absorbed into the towel and for it to dry. The towel protects the dry brush and gives it a quiet ride.

Lastly, if you have it, sprinkle 1 tsp. rhassoul clay (find it here) over the dry bristles. Move the powder among the bristles using your fingers or by shaking and patting it. Then dump out any excess powder into the trash. This step absorbs any oil residue. A small amount of the clay will remain behind in the bristles, brushing out with the first few strokes of your next dry brushing. (Side note- Rhassoul Fold the towel over again, so the brush nests inside. Safety pin 4 points of the towel so it can't fall out. Place dry brush in the dryer with a load of drying clothes, preferably during the last 30 minutes of the cycle. This final step allows all the water to be absorbed into the towel and for it to dry. The towel protects the dry brush and gives it a quiet ride.clay is what I wash my hair with, and it is great for one’s skin.)

Easy, quick, effective, earth-friendly and cheap!

So you've started dry brushing? Great, me too! It makes a huge difference in my body's ability to detox. If you haven't started yet, here's more information on why it's worth the 5 minute daily ritual.

Not sure which dry brush to get? This one’s a natural dry bristle body brush with detachable long handle, which is ideal.

Looking for other ways to detox too?

  • Learn how to take a detox bath here.
  • Consider using digestive bitters. Find them here, or make your own here.
  • Cleanse your body with detox herbs here.

 

Comments 25

  1. Really great info … most of which is new to me. Now I just need to get a brush and start doing this.

  2. I have yet to dry brush, but have been meaning to for the past few years! I totally need to get on the ball and start doing it… I have a feeling I would NOT be happy to throw out my brush – I’ll be keeping this post handy when it’s time to clean!

    1. You sure can; but there is a risk of mold, mildew, moist GROWTH if the house isn’t dry with ventilation. The dish towel protects it beautifully and the wood comes out unchanged, in my experience. 🙂 Thanks for the great question.

  3. I’ve heard so much about dry brushing but haven’t taken the plunge. Thanks for sharing this I just need to get a brush now.. 🙂

  4. When you dry brush under your arms, which direction do you brush? I know you’re supposed to brush up towards the heart, but can’t figure out which direction I think that should be under the arm.

    1. Hi Farrah, with your hand up in the air, above your heart, you brush down– starting at the top of the arm pit and brushing toward the middle of the heart. So you only brush upward toward the heart below the heart– the legs, the belly. I hope that helps.

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