Sunday, March 3, 2013

Cleaning Paintbruses With Vinegar

I was digging through my garage the other day for..... something.... I don't remember what and it's not relevant, when I came across a paint brush that I clearly had not cleaned very well after the last time I had used it. 

The bristles could still move but there was quite a bit of paint dried on it and if I tried to use it I'm sure I would have gotten some crazy unwanted design in the paint.

I jumped on Pinterest and found several pins about using hot vinegar to remove dried paint from paint brushes.

Revive Old Paintbrushes with Vinegar
You will Need:

pour enough vinegar into a saucepan to cover the paint brush.  Let the paint brush soak in boiling vinegar for about 10 min, or pre-heat the vinegar on the stove or microwave and pour it onto the paint brush in another container and let it soak for up to 30 minutes.  Wash with hot soapy water then rinse and let dry

I decided to go with the first method of letting the brush sit in the boiling vinegar.

The Verdict:  Another one bites the dust! This is one of those DIY's where not only does it not work but it makes things worse.  The paint sort of melted together then hardened into a plate of armor.  The bristles were so stiff that I probably could have broken them off it I pulled hard enough.

I got online to see if i did something wrong and I started to find blogs where other people tried the same thing and they had similar results. It's nice to know it's not just me.  Looks like I'll be heading to the hardware store before my next project. 


  1. Things like this make me wonder who comes up with this stuff? And worse, who decides to post the instructions online for the entire world to ruin their things? Thank heaven for people like you! :)

  2. Hi. You are not very bright are you? Reread the directions. You boil vinegar than remove from stove and soak for ten minutes. You do NOT cook the brush in a pot! Seriously!? The reason your things become ruined is your lack of attention and common sense.

    1. The problem I face with some of my projects is I find MANY MANY MANY websites that give me different variations. Yes, there are many websites that say to take the vinegar off the heat before soaking the brush. But many of them, like the ones I posted below, say to keep the brush on the stove with the heat on. When I face things like this I try to come up with a combination that works for me. Some times it works, some times it doesn't. Thanks for your feedback.