How to Clean Paint Brushes
Hey, hey there Graphics Fairy peeps! In case we haven’t met, I’m Jessica from Mom 4 Real, and I hang out here once a month to share a cleaning trick or household tip with you! This month, I want to talk about how to clean paint brushes!
I know a lot of you love to paint your rooms or furniture, and so do I. The part I dread the most about painting is getting my paintbrushes clean. I have thrown so many ruined paint brushes away…it’s shameful I tell ya! Well, no more! I have researched and found 4 different ways to clean your Latex paint brushes, and I can’t wait to share them with you! At the end, I’ll tell you what is the best way to clean your paint brushes out of these 4 methods, and I would love for you to leave a comment telling me what methods you have tried!
I always prefer to use products that I already have at home, rather than to go out and purchase some type of specific brush cleaner products. I wanted to find some methods that would clean off the latex paint, or acrylic paints, without solvents, thinners, or other harsh chemicals as I don’t like the fumes from those things. I’m sure you probably don’t like them either! Keep in mind these methods will NOT work for oil paints.
Cleaning Paint Brushes with Vinegar
Distilled White Vinegar Method. I love cleaning with vinegar, so this is the first method I tried. You simply add as much distilled vinegar in a glass jar as needed to cover the Nylon bristles of your paint brush. (DO NOT SOAK THE HANDLE) Let your paint brush soak for about 5 minutes. Take your brush out and rinse well. This method worked great for getting my brush clean, but it did not remove the dried on paint.
Paint Brush Cleaning with Murphy Oil Soap
Murphy Oil Soap Method. Mix 1 part Murphy’s Oil Soap and 1 part warm water to a jar or cup and let your bristles soak for 30 minutes. You need some patience for this method! Rinse well with warm water. This method is great, especially if you accidentally leave your brush lying out with dried paint on it all night long…ermmm…not me of course!
Cleaning Brushes with Dish Liquid
Dish Liquid. Mix a few drops of dish soap with warm water. Let your brush soak in the soapy water for about 10 minutes. This method is great for making sure your get all of the excess paint off of your brush after rinsing…you know, just to be sure it’s all out. I wouldn’t recommend this method for deep cleaning though.
What to use to Clean Paint Brushes- BEST!
Fabric Softener Method. Mix 2 tbsp. of fabric softener with 1 cup of warm water. Soak your paint brush for 10 minutes in the solution. Rinse with warm water. Surprisingly, this cleaner method worked the best. The fabric softener does just what it says and softens the dried on paint as well as loosening the paint in the middle of the brush. Just be sure to rinse really well! And dry with a paper towel before storing away.
I hope you find this How to Clean Paint Brushes post useful for your next paint project. I love that I found some methods that are great for cleaning my paint brushes after regular use, and also some methods for cleaning my brushes after I accidentally leave them lying around! How about you? Do you have any methods that work for you?
You might also like my post 10 Tips for Cleaning with Baking Soda HERE.
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