I'm planning something similar when I get hold of my new brush. Wash and soak with dish soap, followed by a couple of days of cold water soaking, combined with a ten minute towel rub. We'll see how it goesI just have one brush. I broke it in soaking 3 days in cold water in the fridge. Hairs split ends perfectly and it is so soft yet stimulating to my face at the same time.It has probably only lost 5 hairs total since first use. I soak it in warm water for less than 5 mins before shaving. It looks and lathers pretty much exactly like TinyT's every time. I have had no cracks in the handle and it performs flawlessly every time. I see no reason to ever get another brush until this one is no longer usable...then I will get another just like it and treat it then same way.