10-26-2019, 01:15 PM
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Hey Fellow Wet Shavers. Had a quick question and wanted to see what the general consensus was in how to clean/disinfect a second hand shaving brush.

I purchased a beautiful Simpson’s Two Band Chubby 2 Silvertip Badger from one of our fellow members and wasn’t sure the best way to clean/disinfect a shaving brush before I start using it.

For all of my second hand DE razors that I purchased through the marketplace I have always used Barbicide for the recommended 10 minutes and no longer to disinfect all my razors. Can I do the same with my Brush or is Barbicide not a good option?

This is a beautiful brush kept in great condition from our fellow member and it runs a bit expensive so I just want to make sure I don’t damage the brush in anyway trying to clean/disinfect it in an improper way.

So I guess my question is A) is it ok to use Barbicide to clean/disinfect a brush and B) what are your recommendations and how do you go by cleaning/disinfecting your brush purchased from the marketplace.

Appreciate all the advise coming my way




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 10-26-2019, 01:27 PM
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Welcome to TSN!  When you have a chance, please introduce yourself in the Introductions section, so our members get a chance to know you.

My suggestion is two steps:

1.  Soak it in a solution of 90% water and 10% vinegar for ten minutes.  Agitate the brush a few times when it's in the solution.

2.  Thoroughly wash it with Dawn dish soap, then rinse it very well.

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 10-26-2019, 01:37 PM
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Hey Legal Razor I’ll definitely do an introduction as I am a new member to TSN.

Thanks for the great advise. I’ll definitely take that into consideration and have heard about the same method you had mentioned.

It’s greatly appreciated.


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 10-27-2019, 05:50 AM
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Welcome to TSN , I like to use MAC’s brush cleaner you can pick up at Macy’s. It does a wonderful job , cleaning and disinfecting I believe to a certain degree. I usually use this for two rounds with 3 days dry time in between. Afterward I like to use a hair mask they are called from Trader Joe’s , this keeps the hair in top condition and restores the knot a good bit. Some folks would not think to use these items ever and consider damaging perhaps but I have owned close to 200 shaving brushes throughout the years and have never had any issue using above routine.

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 10-28-2019, 03:44 AM
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  • Rufus
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  • Greater Toronto Area
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Another vote for MAC brush cleaner. A tad expensive, but worth it.

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 11-24-2019, 12:04 PM
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I never gave MACs a try. I need to do that. I've gotten away with some diluted barbasol and never ran into any discoloration, and feel good about the disinfectant properties.

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 11-25-2019, 11:50 AM
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  • Shanman
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  • NE Florida
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Marvicide has directions for brushes, zero issues if you adhere to the instructions.

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 11-25-2019, 02:21 PM
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Some antibacterial dish soap should be enough.

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 11-25-2019, 06:46 PM
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Here's a link if you'd like to read a little more.  I use a Borax solution followed by Dawn.  Still haven't tried vinegar.

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 11-26-2019, 12:55 PM
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(11-25-2019, 06:46 PM)old school Wrote: Here's a link if you'd like to read a little more.  I use a Borax solution followed by Dawn.  Still haven't tried vinegar.

Thanks for the reminder. I've actually gone the borax and dawn route more often than the barbasol. I'd forgotten. I haven't had to do one in a while since I've long had way more brushes than I can use regularly and have stuck with the ones that I've got. I'm not confident in vinegar for the unusual nastier bacteria. Probably gets lots of stuff, but I lean a bit toward germaphobe so stick with the borax and barbasol solutions (pun intended).

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 11-26-2019, 01:38 PM
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A quick google search indicates that the proper way to sterilise a shaving brush knot involves - and I quote from a research paper - "various combinations of steam, pressure, and formaldehyde".

Granted; given that contracting anthrax of your shaving brush is much less likely today than around 1918-20, you're probably safe with less drastic measures Wink

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 11-26-2019, 11:57 PM
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A good shampoo with a normal hair product in warm water is a perfect way to clean a knot.

No need for vinegar or the like.

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 11-27-2019, 01:28 PM
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  • BSWoodturning
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(11-26-2019, 11:57 PM)A.E. Simpson 1919 Wrote: A good shampoo with a normal hair product in warm water is a perfect way to clean a knot.

No need for vinegar or the like.

Signs011   Keep it simple.

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 11-27-2019, 01:50 PM
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  • shadowman12
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  • Utrecht the Netherlands
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Zingari just released a brush cleaner soap, that might be an good option also

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 11-27-2019, 04:03 PM
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These cleaners are completely unnecessary. Shampoo, followed by a few latherings with your favorite shave soaps.

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 11-27-2019, 08:00 PM
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  • TomG
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  • Perth, Western Australia
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(11-25-2019, 11:50 AM)Shanman Wrote: Marvicide has directions for brushes, zero issues if you adhere to the instructions.

+1.
Has always worked well for me.

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