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2 Methods to Clean Horse Brushes

Now that you purchased your Fine Equestrian Grooming Brushes by HorseHaus, you will want to clean them regularly. Knowing how to clean horse brushes with our two easy methods will help keep your brushes nice.

We recommend to clean your goat hair and horse hair grooming brushes with the ‘Quick Method’ weekly and with the ‘Thorough Method’ once every 3 months.

Natural plant bristle dandy brushes, hoof brushes, or mane and tail brushes (Tampico fiber, Union mix root fiber, coco fiber) can be cleaned with the thorough method once per month.

How To Clean Grooming Brushes

For horse hair, goat hair, boar bristle brushes:

clean horse brushesQUICK METHOD – 1 x per week

  1. Brush off any loose dirt with a curry comb
  2. Sprinkle a generous amount of Potato Starch (such as Manischewitz Pure Potato Starch, 16oz (1LB Resealable Container) Gluten Free, Non GMO) (NO corn starch!!) onto the bristle field
  3. Rub the potato starch into the bristles
  4. Let the grooming brush sit for about 30 minutes
  5. Thoroughly brush the potato starch out of the grooming brush, using a firm curry comb
  6. Frequently knock the curry comb against a wall to remove the starch and dirt and keep working until all starch is removed
  7. Wipe the top and the edges of the base with a damp cloth
  8. Run the damp cloth through the bristles
  9. Voila! Clean brushes! clean horse brushes with starch

THOROUGH METHOD – 1 x every three months

  1. Clean the horse brushes against a firm curry to remove lose dirt and hair.
  2. Let about 1-1.5 inches of warm water into a flat sink or dish bowl.
  3. Dissolve some of your equine shampoo in the water.
  4. Place the grooming brushes bristles down into the warm water.
  5. Let soak for about 10 minutes.
  6. Drain the soap water.
  7. Gently work the bristle fields with your fingers to loosen soaked dirt.
  8. Carefully rinse the bristle field, holding the brush on its side so water can run off right away.
  9. Please the brush bristles down on a towel or a dishrack with a towel.
  10. Let drip dry for one hour to make sure no water is logged in the brush that can then run into the base of the bristle and soak into the wood!
  11. Gently work a dry towel through the bristle field. 
  12. wash horse brushes
  13. Place brush on its side to dry completely. Turn frequently.

TIP: Finish the drying process in the sunlight, if possible! Even in on a window sill is fine! Sunlight kills germs wherever it actually hits the bristles.



  1. Do no place a wet brush bristles up to dry! The water will run down the bristles and into the wood back, swelling the wood, which will lead to cosmetic damage. (The brush may get warped but will continue to be fully functional.)
  2. Do not cover the wood back of the grooming brush with water during soaking! The soak water should ONLY touch the bristles!

NOTE:  There is no need to use antibacterial soaps! Regular soap is sufficient and does no harm. Whatever you use, please rinse thoroughly!

How To Clean Horse Brushes with Plant-based Bristles

For dandy brushes, hoof brushes, mane and tail brushes with plant-based bristles like Tampico or Union fiber:

  1. Work the brushes against a firm curry to remove loose dirt and hair.
  2. Fill a flat sink or dish bowl with about 3 inches of hot water (less if the brush has short bristles).
  3. Squirt some natural soap, dish soap or shampoo into the hot water. (We like glycerin soap such as Murphy’s or Sal’s Suds or Dr. Bronner’s).
  4. Let soak for 10 minutes.
  5. Work the grooming brushes against the firm curry in the hot water to remove dirt.
  6. Drain the water.
  7. Rinse the brushes under running water until all dirt is removed and the water runs clear.
  8. Place bristles down on a towel or dish rack.
  9. Let drip dry for one hour.
  10. Complete drying on the side, preferably in the sunlight. Turn frequently.

NOTE: The wood backs of natural wood or oiled wood grooming brushes can be treated with olive oil to keep them looking and performing good! Simply rub some olive oil into the palms of your hands and apply to the wood.

If all that sounds like a lot of work, remember that your HorseHaus grooming brushes will last for many years to come. Enjoy them by keeping them looking fantastic! The easiest way to go about it, is to make sure the brushes don’t get unnecessarily dirty during storage.

To keep the grooming brushes clean between cleanings:

  1. Store the brush standing up or on the side
  2. Cover your grooming tote with a towel to prevent dust
  3. While grooming, brush your finishing brush or dandy brush against the firm curry every few strokes to remove dirt and knock the curry against the wall.

We want you to enjoy your brushes for many years to come. Knowing how to clean horse brushes will let you enjoy your HorseHaus grooming set for many years to come.

Let us know if you have any questions. We love to hear from you!

Enjoy Your Horse!

Your Team at HorseHaus

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