08-06-2013, 10:30 AM
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Hi All,

I remember reading a tip from Mantic59 when I first got into traditional wet shaving that we should deep clean our Shave Brush once a year (I think he said in... Vinegar? (correct me if I'm wrong)).

Some questions for all the Brush Gurus out there:

1. So is Vinegar the ideal cleaner for the annual "Deep Clean" of your Brush?

2. For someone with Hard Water (so more mineral deposits / residue build-up), would you recommend more than 1 time per year?


Thanks for the help! Smile

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 08-06-2013, 10:40 AM
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  • Rufus
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What I do is first wash the brush with dish soap and then soak it for a few minutes in clean water. I then thoroughly rinse all the soap out of the brush and soak it in a diluted vinegar and water solution (50/50 mix). Depending on how the brush is I might soak it for 2/3 hours. After this I thoroughly rinse the brush in clear water, shake it out and hang it to dry. Repeat as necessary. Some people will wash their brushes in a borax mixture, but I strongly recommend that you don't do this.

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 08-06-2013, 10:57 AM
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I clean my brushes around twice a year. I do basically what Bryan does, except that instead of dish soap I use Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo or - for my very best brushes - MAC Brush Cleanser.

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 08-06-2013, 12:18 PM
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I do mine around twice a year too.

I use Johnson's baby shampoo for mine. Vinegar does diddly to the residue in my brushes due to the water we have here, it just makes them smell bad.

A drop of shampoo and a quick soak works so much better and the brush is visibly cleaner, like brand new.

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 08-06-2013, 12:37 PM
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I don't take deliberate steps to clean any of my brushes. But what I do after discovering how nicely VdH cleans a brush is to use it for a shave every now and then. The brush gets cleaned and I didn't do anything other than shave. Lots of folks don't like VdH, but make an ultralather with it and it's a really nice lather. Completely painless with no effort brush cleaning. It suits this frugal Yankee.

I have no idea if it makes a difference, but I have extremely soft water. YMMV.

FWIW, that doesn't work with razors.

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 08-06-2013, 01:20 PM
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I don't know if vinegar is the absolute best medium, but it certainly works.

Actually, if you swirl your brush in a cup of water after each shave, it gets rid of nearly all the soap particles that contribute to the decrease in brush performance.

I haven't had to do a vinegar soak to any of my brushes since adopting the above practice. Can't help you on frequency, but if you start noticing calcium buildup, then vinegar would be necessary. Otherwise, baby soap or something milder is probably better. Going off of the "use only as much as necessary" policy.

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 08-06-2013, 01:27 PM
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Have a rotation of about 10 that I use. Rinse and dry after each use.

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 08-06-2013, 10:57 PM
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(08-06-2013, 10:57 AM)churchilllafemme Wrote: I clean my brushes around twice a year. I do basically what Bryan does, except that instead of dish soap I use Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo or - for my very best brushes - MAC Brush Cleanser.

Thanks everyone for the great suggestions! Smile

churchilllafemme,

to double-check, do you mean this product to clean your brushes?

http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/135/...index.tmpl


So you apply that on, then soak in water, then use vinegar?

Thanks!

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 08-07-2013, 10:13 AM
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(08-06-2013, 10:57 PM)shave_knight Wrote:
(08-06-2013, 10:57 AM)churchilllafemme Wrote: I clean my brushes around twice a year. I do basically what Bryan does, except that instead of dish soap I use Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo or - for my very best brushes - MAC Brush Cleanser.

Thanks everyone for the great suggestions! Smile

churchilllafemme,

to double-check, do you mean this product to clean your brushes?

http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/135/...index.tmpl


So you apply that on, then soak in water, then use vinegar?

Thanks!

That should replace the vinegar. Meaning, no more vinegar stink. Smile

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 08-07-2013, 10:44 AM
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(08-06-2013, 10:57 PM)shave_knight Wrote: churchilllafemme,

to double-check, do you mean this product to clean your brushes?

http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/135/...index.tmpl


So you apply that on, then soak in water, then use vinegar?

Thanks!

Yes, this is the one I use with my top-line brushes. I use it instead of vinegar.

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 08-07-2013, 11:37 AM
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for smell: use citric acid instead of vinegar. :-) (in a low concentration)

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 08-07-2013, 08:51 PM
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My rotation is 2 rows of 2 deep, each brush probably sees a week of use every 4 months if its lucky, my rotation is so messed up lol.

I don't go by time, but when it starts looking raggy and it flings dust I usually bust out the vinegar and shampoo.

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 08-07-2013, 10:47 PM
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I am a twice a year brush cleaner too, vinegar water and little Dawn.

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 08-08-2013, 07:52 AM
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Creams tends to leave more residue than soaps, so maybe cleaning once every other year is in order.
I'm using Em's method. Dish detergent ,vinegar and maybe some glyserin. I don't use hair conditioner, because it may make bristles water repellent.

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 08-08-2013, 02:00 PM
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I have yet to use any my brushes more than 8 times, so I intend to clean them every 2-3 years Biggrin

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 08-08-2013, 08:16 PM
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(08-07-2013, 10:44 AM)churchilllafemme Wrote:
(08-06-2013, 10:57 PM)shave_knight Wrote: churchilllafemme,

to double-check, do you mean this product to clean your brushes?

http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/135/...index.tmpl


So you apply that on, then soak in water, then use vinegar?

Thanks!

Yes, this is the one I use with my top-line brushes. I use it instead of vinegar.

Hi churchilllafemme,

Ah OK, gotcha! So you just use this MAC Brush Cleaner and nothing else? Do you soak them in water and detergent /shampoo (of some kind) first? Or just the MAC Cleaner only?

Thanks!

(08-08-2013, 02:00 PM)CHSeifert Wrote: I have yet to use any my brushes more than 8 times, so I intend to clean them every 2-3 years Biggrin

Nice Claus! I wish I had enough brushes to do that. Wink

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 08-08-2013, 09:01 PM
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I just use the MAC Cleanser by itself, instead of detergent or shampoo. A very small amount soaps up nicely with a palm lathering motion. After I rinse it out, I let the brush soak in a cup of tepid water for about 10-15 minutes. Then I do one more final rinse, twirling the brush in fresh water. Finally, I squeeze the water out by hand and dry the brush by painting it against a clean towel before hanging it on a stand.

(08-08-2013, 08:16 PM)shave_knight Wrote: Hi churchilllafemme,

Ah OK, gotcha! So you just use this MAC Brush Cleaner and nothing else? Do you soak them in water and detergent /shampoo (of some kind) first? Or just the MAC Cleaner only?

Thanks!

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 08-08-2013, 09:24 PM
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I use and (each time this question is asked) recommend MAC brush cleanser.

Diluted vinegar (not apple cider vinegar as the sugars will ruin the brush) and baby shampoo (or other mild soap) works too.

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 08-08-2013, 09:28 PM
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As for how often, just when there is a noticeable soap scum build up or upon acquiring a pre loved brush.

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 08-09-2013, 10:05 AM
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I use the MAC brush cleanser as well. It does a great job and serves as a disinfectant as well. I order from Nordstrom because the cleanser price is the same and they provide free shipping.

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