As the days begin to grow longer, we start feeling the familiar pull to declutter our lives and lighten our spaces. It can feel glorious to usher in a new season with a fresh and organized start. While not all of us want to Marie Kondo (yes, she is a verb now) everything that doesn’t spark joy, spring is a helpful reminder to take good care of the things we love.
Enter our brushes. With the right care, they are crafted to last for years. We recommend dampening the bristles with warm water and lathering gently with mild soap or shampoo. Pure Castile soap (like Dr. Bronner’s) is an excellent choice, and natural baby shampoo also works well. While washing, angle the bristles downward to avoid getting water inside the handle.
Rinse the under warm running water until the water runs clear. Blot the brush well with a dry cloth or clean t-shirt and gently reshape the bristles. Lay your brush flat on its side and allow it to air-dry completely before using. Sometimes, allowing your brushes to fully dry can take a day or two with larger, denser brushes. Most importantly: never soak your brushes, and be sure to protect them from heat sources like hair dryers, which may damage the synthetic bristles.
Some customers swear by a DIY vinegar solution for their brushes. Don’t panic—the vinegar smell dissipates after about 20 minutes leaving behind squeaky-clean feeling brushes.