03-02-2015, 04:46 PM
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I was wondering when I was viewing the ban on second-hand alumn for health purposes; could it be possible that brushes could also carry disease? I mean haven't you ever nicked yourself on the first pass and then lathered up for a second or third pass? The brush must have inevitably made contact with blood at some point.

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 03-02-2015, 05:02 PM
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Where is the ban on used alum?

I know eBay forbids used cosmetics .

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 03-02-2015, 05:06 PM
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Why in the world would anyone buy used alum .. it's inexpensive to begin with .. 

.. that's like buying a partially used roll of toilet paper ..  Confused

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 03-02-2015, 05:15 PM
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(03-02-2015, 05:06 PM)Agravic Wrote: Why in the world would anyone buy used alum .. it's inexpensive to begin with .. 

.. that's like buying a partially used roll of toilet paper ..  Confused
I guess it's the same reason guys buy used $6 soaps for $5. But yeah, used alum is a pretty gross thought. I've seen it in listings though.

I've never heard anyone in modern times catch a disease from a brush. The only brushes I will buy used are ones no longer available. Even then, I ask about history, care, original owners. If they won't answer or don't know, I usually avoid.

I'd be more concerned with warranty and shedding with a used brush that you Dave $20 up front on. The last one I purchased, the knot fell out when I was doing the initial cleaning. My SR before that started to shed and I had zero warranty even though I was first user but not original owner.

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 03-02-2015, 05:30 PM
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(03-02-2015, 05:02 PM)Bruce Wrote: Where is the ban on used alum?

I know eBay forbids used cosmetics .

Here on the BST.

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 03-02-2015, 05:32 PM
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(03-02-2015, 05:15 PM)Bruce Wrote:
(03-02-2015, 05:06 PM)Agravic Wrote: Why in the world would anyone buy used alum .. it's inexpensive to begin with .. 

.. that's like buying a partially used roll of toilet paper ..  Confused
I guess it's the same reason guys buy used $6 soaps for $5. But yeah, used alum is a pretty gross thought. I've seen it in listings though.

I've never heard anyone in modern times catch a disease from a brush. The only brushes I will buy used are ones no longer available. Even then, I ask about history, care, original owners. If they won't answer or don't know, I usually avoid.

I'd be more concerned with warranty and shedding with a used brush that you Dave $20 up front on. The last one I purchased, the knot fell out when I was doing the initial cleaning. My SR before that started to shed and I had zero warranty even though I was first user but not original owner.

if you ever catch something you can tell your woman you got it from a brush or used soap. That must be the reason.

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 03-02-2015, 05:37 PM
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(03-02-2015, 05:30 PM)fram773 Wrote:
(03-02-2015, 05:02 PM)Bruce Wrote: Where is the ban on used alum?

I know eBay forbids used cosmetics .

Here on the BST.
I stand by my quote from a while back....soaps will be banned soon too. Maybe not this year, maybe not next, but one day.

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 03-02-2015, 07:32 PM
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I suppose it is possible as brushes are difficult to clean deep into the knot.

Horse hair brushes fell out of favor due to anthrax early in the 20th century.

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 03-02-2015, 10:13 PM
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In California a professional barber isn't allowed to use a brush for sanitary reasons.

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 03-03-2015, 12:31 AM
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Apart from obvious infections, like pyogenic bacteria and bacillus anthracis with its dehydrated forms that are persistent to many forms of sterilisation, there is also highly infectuous diseases like Hepatitis C which can be transferred via blood and small cuts. 
You´d get along a long time without problems, but if you have bad luck, it could hit you hard.
So choose the right path, enjoy life the best you can. No need to panic  Smile

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 03-03-2015, 04:17 AM
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(03-02-2015, 07:32 PM)Carson Wrote: Horse hair brushes fell out of favor due to anthrax early in the 20th century.

As a side note; all sources points to the anthrax scare being overblown, and the reported cases caused by the manufacturers either skimping on the sterilizing procedures or trusting the exporters to have done it for them...

I made a thread about it last summer.

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 03-03-2015, 07:46 AM
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I believe that you can catch an incurable case of SBAD - highly communicable  

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 03-03-2015, 07:59 AM
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I never really thought about this with used brushes, interesting topic..

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 03-03-2015, 08:01 AM
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(03-02-2015, 07:32 PM)Carson Wrote: I suppose it is possible as brushes are difficult to clean deep into the knot.

Horse hair brushes fell out of favor due to anthrax early in the 20th century.
But that was from the horse, not the shaver.

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 03-03-2015, 09:39 AM
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Any brush I buy is subject to a good cleaning prior to first use.  I first wash it with a brush cleaning soap and then I soak it in alcohol or MAC brush cleaner, which contains alcohol.  I do, however, wonder how long bacteria and viruses can live in a dry knot, but to be on the safe side I do what I've just described.  Perhaps this is over-kill as we are constantly reminded that the best way best way to prevent colds and flu is to wash your hands frequently with soap and water.

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 03-03-2015, 11:05 AM
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(03-03-2015, 07:46 AM)Tim_McD Wrote: I believe that you can catch an incurable case of SBAD - highly communicable  

Well, luckily I  was able notify via collected email data  the majority of related wives. As of a recent agreement the Acquisition of any shaving brush has been banned with immediate effect.
Glad to help all of you guys, pfiuu.....  Biggrin

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 03-14-2015, 11:04 AM
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I just had a thought. Will it be safe to use scrubbing bubbles or dip a brush in barbicide? Considering a synthetic brush fibers are just plastic I can assume it would be safe but for a natural brush?

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 03-14-2015, 12:54 PM
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I wouldn't use Scrubbing Bubbles. Diluted Barbicide should be OK and I've used it in the past for a quick cleaning on a used brush.

If you use Scrubbing Bubbles on this or a razor, just make sure it isn't the Bleach version.

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 03-14-2015, 03:36 PM
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....there is a bit of the 'yuck' factor with used brushes and soaps....

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