08-01-2015, 09:31 AM
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  • leonidas
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..........i tried looking for a thread already on this.......but i didn't find it... only the one that talks about using an ultrasonic thingy... (which i don't have)


......what is the best way to defunk/sanitize an used brush?

........i see that lots of folks here buy used brushes off the BST all the time.......
......................and i was wondering how they clean it to make sure the brush is free of all the little nasties...........

...........if there is a thread on this already....... please delete this one.........

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 08-01-2015, 09:40 AM
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Lysol, white vinegar, oxi clean maybe. I know white vinegar and lysol work as I've tried both of them. Give it a soak agitate the brush will submerged , I do about a 10 minute soak then change the vinegar out. This isbthe methods Larry at whipped dog send out with his new brushes.

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 08-01-2015, 09:41 AM
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Oxiclean gets the badger smell out of it but not sure if its gets people funk out of a brush.

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 08-01-2015, 10:48 AM
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The suggestions above will work just fine. 

I just palm-lather any used brushes I get with my strongest scented soap and it seems to work very well. For those that need to be 'defunked', then I do many more palm-latherings before I actually start using the brush.  Biggrin

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 08-01-2015, 12:10 PM
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I lather up with some washing up liquid, then i use shampoo + conditioner which seem to work well for me. If it really smells then i will reach for a strong scented soap which in my case is use I Coloniali, and then lather it up in a bowl and let is sit for about 10-15mins, clean off the brush and then use shampoo and conditioner.

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 08-01-2015, 12:38 PM
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I use Cinema Secrets makeup brush cleaner. You can get it on Amazon. It's a bit pricey but it lasts a while if you use it sparingly. It kills 99.9% bacteria and leaves the brush smelling pretty decent, sort of vanilla like. 

Greg

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 08-01-2015, 12:45 PM
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  • Entasis
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Borax solution of lukewarm water in my ultrasonic cleaner, while I hold the brush handle above and out of the solution. Works like a charm, both cleaned and deodorized. I do the same for new brushes.

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 08-01-2015, 01:32 PM
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  • garyg
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Vinegar for a couple minutes, then lather up with dishwashing soap like Dawn that's antibacterial (allegedly).  Rinse twice as long as you normally would, then soak for a bit.  

The step that I feel is the most important de-funker is then lather it up well with a strong soap (usually Tabac here) then leave the lather on to dry overnight.

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 08-01-2015, 02:35 PM
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Call me crazy but EVERytime I have used conditioner on my brushes the lather has been very poor the next couple of times I use the brush. Maybe the conditioner left over in the brush does something with the soap or maybe I'm just crazy,or both.

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 08-01-2015, 04:25 PM
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(08-01-2015, 02:35 PM)Otis375 Wrote: Call me crazy but EVERytime I have  used conditioner on my brushes the lather has been very poor the next couple of times I use the brush. Maybe the conditioner left over in the brush does something with the soap or maybe I'm just crazy,or both.


Haven't really noticed any adverse effects in doing so, other than it softening up the knot a bit - which i deem to be a benefit. The lather pretty much seems the same to me, i just make sure i wash the conditioner off fully after 1 or 2 swirls in my palm. I usually only ever condition it if its a used brush or when there's a lot of hard water build up in the breach or when i find it's under performing and it's not as soft as before. Who knows, i might be crazy as well? But in my mind i find it works for me.

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 08-01-2015, 05:08 PM
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  • N8Julo43
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I use VP Leonhardy's brush cleaner and palm lather with it. It has always worked really well and the citrus scent is really nice.

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 08-03-2015, 08:46 AM
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(08-01-2015, 01:32 PM)garyg Wrote: The step that I feel is the most important de-funker is then lather it up well with a strong soap (usually Tabac here) then leave the lather on to dry overnight.

I would never buy a uses brush but when i get a new knot (a Boar for example) first the above
and then White vinegar soluble plus 2 times palm lather with common soap.

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 08-03-2015, 11:19 AM
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  • blzrfn
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I always start by cleaning with a clarifying shampoo followed by a soaking in a very dilute apple cider vinegar bath for 10-20 minutes.  I then give it another shampoo to get the knot as clean as possible.  Two days later, when the knot is completely dry, I dip the knot in Benefect Botanical Disinfectant and allow that to dry after shaking out the excess.  A final practice lather to clean out the disinfectant residue leaves my new to me brush in a state that I have no reservation using.

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 08-03-2015, 11:27 AM
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No Barbicide users?

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 08-03-2015, 11:37 AM
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  • Mr_Smartepants
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(08-03-2015, 11:27 AM)buickrob Wrote: No Barbicide users?

I use barbicide for my razors, never for brushes.  I've been told that the blue barbicide will dye the bristles blue so I've never tried it.

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 08-03-2015, 11:42 AM
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  • leonidas
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...... thank you, gentlemen, for all the suggestions............

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 08-03-2015, 11:50 AM
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  • leonidas
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(08-03-2015, 11:27 AM)buickrob Wrote: No Barbicide users?

.....i am not sure, but wouldn't Barbicide be too harsh on the hairs of the brush?

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 08-03-2015, 11:55 AM
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I would only use Barbicide on a used synthetic never on badger or boar

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 08-03-2015, 12:12 PM
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(08-01-2015, 05:08 PM)N8Julo43 Wrote: I use VP Leonhardy's brush cleaner and palm lather with it. It has always worked really well and the citrus scent is really nice.

I agree with this suggestion.  Leonhardy's brush cleaner works very well, doesn't damage the knot, and can be used on a regular basis to clean out the brush.   I like it better than Borax.

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 08-03-2015, 12:40 PM
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Used Barbicide a few times and only once it dyed the hair. Let me tell you not a pleasant experience as you think you ruined the knot. Luckily after 4-5 shaves it goes away!

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