Why you should wash your hair ties and scrunchies

Hello everyone!

Your list of items to clean may seem endless, but there might be one last thing you overlooked; your hair tie. Adding more to your laundry pile might not sound appealing, but washing your hair ties and accessories is a must. I wash my hair ties twice a week, that is, every time I wash my hair.

3 colourful hair scrunchies

I was shocked to discover that many do not wash their hair ties and scrunchies! Hair ties made of fabric, just like clothes, can become magnets for dead skin cells, oils, bacteria and products. When you use them over and over again, you're putting the same old dirt and oil back onto your hair. Yuck!

Many fabrics absorb sweat and bacteria throughout the day, including hair ties and headbands, especially during workouts. Washing your fabric hair accessories is really important, especially after you sweat.

Despite absorbing bacteria, dirty hair ties won't necessarily trouble your skin; unless the items come into contact with the skin, like headbands. Fabric headbands rub on the forehead and can contaminate the skin with a combination of sweat and bacteria.

How to wash your hair accessories and scrunchies:

To wash your hair accessories, fill your sink with warm water and a few drops of liquid soap. Use your hands to gently wash the accessories, then soak them for up to 30 minutes. Then, hang them up to dry. Some fabrics, like silk and wool, you always be hand washed.

4 silk hair scrunchies

Alternatively, you can put your hair accessories and scrunchies into the pockets of your clothing and throw them in the washing machine. 

Otherwise, plastic hair ties will stay cleaner than fabric ones, but you should still wash them regularly.

heart-shaped plastic hair ties

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I'm a vegan with a passion for sustainability and clean, cruelty-free products. I mainly write lifestyle, wellness and self-care articles. Since I'm a true crime enthusiast, sometimes I also write about true crime and post videos on my two YouTube channels.

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