10-27-2013, 12:03 PM
  • tsimmns
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  • Mississippi
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How many of you clean your brush by rinsing it with a dish soap and soaking in water. Is this imperative to do to keep your brush in good condition?

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 10-27-2013, 12:19 PM
  • Arcadies
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  • Greeneville, TN
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I just rinse them thoroughly, "strop" on a towel and hang them to dry. I don't have hard water and usually only clean them twice a year, usually with a 3 minute soak in a 1:10 vinegar/water solution and then a tiny bit of shampoo lathered up and rinsed out.

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 10-27-2013, 12:21 PM
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I just rinse well after each use. Luckily for me, we have extremely 'soft' water and there is hardly any soap residue left on any of my brushes even after one year of use.
If you have 'hard' water and you notice significant soap residue accumulating on your brush, you could soak it in a vinegar/water solution for 5-10 minutes and then use some very mild soap to clean it a bit further and give it a good rinse.
Good luck. Smile

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 10-27-2013, 12:32 PM
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My water is pretty soft, too, and my brushes stay fairly clean. But about every 6 months - or when I'm going to sell one - I clean them with Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo or MAC Brush Cleaner.

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 10-27-2013, 01:37 PM
  • texquill
  • Olver Warbucks
  • Richardson - DFW area of Texas
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I have more than 100 brushes in my rotation, so a thorough rinse in warm water after use, followed by a vigorous shaking to disperse the residual water seems to be sufficient to keep them all clean.

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 10-27-2013, 03:54 PM
  • Barrylu
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  • Portland OR
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Every once in a while,even if the brush seems clean, I will soak it in a mild solution of Borax and hot water for about 5 minutes. I never submurge the handles and remove the brush promptly after a maximum of 5 min. A thorough rinse shake and dry on a towel and the brush smells as sweet as a spring breeze.

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 10-27-2013, 05:49 PM
  • ben74
  • Perth, Australia
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Rinse with water after each use to prevent soap build up and possible weakening and subsequent breaking of hairs and dry between uses.

For a deeper clean or sanitising a secondhand brush I use and recommend…

MAC Brush Cleanser

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"This one product will clean, disinfect and condition the brush fibres so that brushes will last longer.
It is convenient to use and is specifically designed to extend the life of high quality brushes.
Brush Cleanser leaves your brushes smelling fresh and clean and helps shorten their drying time."

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 10-29-2013, 10:24 AM
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I just rinse it out very thoroughly with tap water. Haven't had mineral buildup yet, but if I did, I'd just use a short diluted vinegar soak to get rid of it.

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 10-29-2013, 12:08 PM
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Which is better to remove the residue left from hard water, diluted vinegar or Borax? Thanks.

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 10-29-2013, 01:46 PM
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The residue left over is just the dissolved minerals in the water such as calcium and lime and whatnot (could be mixing them up).

Any acid will remove it. Of course, it's acid, so the recommendation is to dilute the vinegar to make it less acidic.

I'd just use Mac brush cleaner if you have the funds and inclination. Works fine and is designed for brush cleaning so it's not going to stink up your brush.

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 11-03-2013, 07:16 PM
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Warm water and dish soap are all I have ever used to clean my brushes.

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 11-19-2013, 06:38 PM
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I do not clean my brush enough, but I use a mild borax solution soaked for a few minutes and rinsed after.

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 11-25-2013, 05:40 AM
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I don't have any rules to go by, but when I've wanted to clean a second hand brush before I use it (or a brand new one for that matter), I shampoo and rinse it thoroughly.

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