Natural and Thrifty in 365: #21 Clean Paintbrushes with Vinegar

Photo and tip courtesy of This Old House.

I’ve been doing a lot of painting around here. Have you seen my DIY kitchen table yet? My biggest issue with this has been trying to get my paintbrushes clean of all the paint.

Soak your paintbrushes in hot vingar for 30 minutes. Afterwards, wash them with soap and water to get the paint out. Your brushes should come out soft, clean and looking brand new!

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By |2013-12-09T06:28:40+00:00August 31st, 2011|Home and Garden, Organic and Green Living|10 Comments

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  1. Brianne August 31, 2011 at 5:10 pm - Reply

    I’ve seen this on a couple websites recently and I definitely wish I’d known about before I through away some nice brushes. Primer is just so hard to get out of a brush and now there are little bits of it all in my kitchen sink too. I’m hoping that I can use the vinegar technique on the sink too.

  2. Mara August 31, 2011 at 6:34 pm - Reply

    I have found that rubbing alcohol is really good for cleaning brushes and painting boo-boos.

  3. Rachael August 31, 2011 at 6:39 pm - Reply

    love it!

  4. Lisa August 31, 2011 at 6:41 pm - Reply

    I have used vinegar to clean oil paint brushes

  5. Zemalyn August 31, 2011 at 9:01 pm - Reply

    vinegar works for so many things….love it!!

  6. Shannon September 1, 2011 at 4:09 am - Reply

    This is awesome news! When you say hot, are we talking bring to a boil hot?

    • Crystal September 1, 2011 at 8:59 am - Reply

      I don’t think it has to be boiling Shannon.

  7. Carl September 1, 2011 at 6:54 am - Reply

    I was going to ask about the oil.. thanks Lisa 😉

  8. Anonymous September 1, 2011 at 11:56 am - Reply

    I don’t think it has to be boiling. Just good a hot.

  9. Anonymous September 1, 2011 at 11:56 am - Reply

    I don’t think it has to be boiling. Just good a hot.

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