Tutorial Clean & De-Stink your shaving brushes

Discussion in 'Tutorials' started by Neolithium, Jan 2, 2013.

  1. bittermormon

    bittermormon Active Member

    Is there any advantage to Borax to vinegar for cleaning brushes? The reason I ask is because I have one and not the other.
  2. Queen of Blades

    Queen of Blades Mistress of Mischief Staff Member

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    Other than the smell, none I know of.
  3. Neolithium

    Neolithium I am Canadian, eh

    Not really. I just keep more borax around because my wife makes our laundry soap with it, vinegar is rare around here lol.
  4. bittermormon

    bittermormon Active Member

  5. Larry Stephenson

    Larry Stephenson Active Member

    Thank you, Neolithium! I just cleaned by new brush (a Da Vinci) with your method, and what a difference!! Now, can I really wait until tomorrow morning to try it out? I doubt it.
  6. California Cajun

    California Cajun Active Member

    I've never used Borax, but Oxy Clean killed the funky smell of a horsehair brush.
  7. nascarfandan

    nascarfandan Active Member

    Can this method be used for synthetic brushes as well?
  8. jeraldgordon

    jeraldgordon TSD's Mascot

    But, what do you put on your fries?
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  9. Joey Pellegrino

    Joey Pellegrino Active Member

    Will synthetics have an odd oder as well?
  10. PLANofMAN

    PLANofMAN Paperboy

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  11. tuxxdk

    tuxxdk International Penguin of Mystery

    Hopefully not vinegar... Seriously, vinegar?? On fries? But why?
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  12. Larry Stephenson

    Larry Stephenson Active Member

    Vinegar on fries; oh yeah. I'm gonna make a post of some my favorite flavor combinations, but vinegar on fries even beats fries with mayo!
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  13. jeraldgordon

    jeraldgordon TSD's Mascot

    It's a Canadian thing... really!
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  14. jeraldgordon

    jeraldgordon TSD's Mascot

    Yes - the little Tasmanian Syn, from which synthetics are made, has a strong musky odor. It takes a fair bit of effort to remove this scent... The plus side, for vegans, Buddhists, or what have you, is that no Syns are killed to make brushes - they are painlessly shorn and then released during a traditional Syn roundup each year, by native Synshears. Over the years these Syn shearing workers have come to be known by the title Sincere. I myself am descended from an ancient line of Sinceres, and I'm sure my Sincerity is very apparent in my writing and posting here on this thread...
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  15. Mitch

    Mitch Active Member

    I typically use Borax but my wife cued me in on a little tip she learned from a women's magazine regarding natural hair cosmetic brushes. Any natural hair brush can be safely cleaned with baby shampoo. I tried this method and sure works great and leaves your brush smelling nice too!
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  16. tuxxdk

    tuxxdk International Penguin of Mystery

    I'll be damned.. never ever heard of it before - I thought it was a joke, really!

    What's the deal, do you cover all fries with it or just dip'em in it? Because now I have to try and see what the fuss is about - I might like it :) Sorry for being off topic...
  17. Star

    Star Active Member

    Fine. You caught me. Dipping works.
  18. Erik Redd

    Erik Redd Lizabeth, baby, I'm comin' to join ya.

    I'snt it malt vinegar though?
  19. Star

    Star Active Member

  20. Sara-s

    Sara-s This Pun for Hire

    Makes sense. One seller (Larry, from www.WhippedDog.com) includes a little packet of OxyClean with his brushes, for just that purpose.

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