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Sodium Carbonate vs Sodium Bicarbonate for Brush Cleaning

JCinPA

The Lather Maestro
The thing you are trying to get rid of is mainly mineral deposits from harder water, like soap scum. If you have soft water, you probably won't have a lot of mineral deposits.

People that wash their hair with plain old soap can have a similar problem. Their hair can become flat and dull. They are often advised to rinse their hair with a weak vinegar+water solution after washing it.

Interesting. I learned something. I guess our water is not too hard, never cleaned a brush, ever.
 
I've had brushes over ten years and never had any soap buildup in the base of the knot or felt they needed any maintenance at all.
This.
I wash one of my brushes daily with soap and water.
Shaving soap.

The thing you are trying to get rid of is mainly mineral deposits from harder water, like soap scum. If you have soft water, you probably won't have a lot of mineral deposits.
And this.

I'm on a well, but I do have a water softener and a whole house filter.
I've never needed to take any steps to clean a brush. Ever.
My sympathy is with those who do seem to have a need.
 
I've never cleaned a shaving brush before, this is a new concept for me. I am very careful about rinsing my brushes after a shave and I let them soak after rinsing in my mug while cleaning up and getting dressed, then I shake it out and put it up. I've had brushes over ten years and never had any soap buildup in the base of the knot or felt they needed any maintenance at all.

That said, why not just use shampoo? That would surely be safe, correct?
Shampoo is designed to be gentle on human hair, so it would be gentle on brushes as well. If your water is soft, an occasional washing with shampoo might be all that is needed. Shampoo is not going to get rid of soap scum if you have hard water. For that you need either an acidic product like vinegar or an alkaline product like those mentioned earlier in this thread.

I always wash a new brush in shampoo to clean it and remove any funk from natural hair.
 
Just use shampoo and conditioner honestly. If you're worried about bacteria or germs, I've been told a vinegar water solution also works. (But then so does shampoo and conditioner). It's still just hair. I don't do it frequently though. I use my brush everyday anyway so its always clean.
 
I've never cleaned a shaving brush before, this is a new concept for me. I am very careful about rinsing my brushes after a shave and I let them soak after rinsing in my mug while cleaning up and getting dressed, then I shake it out and put it up. I've had brushes over ten years and never had any soap buildup in the base of the knot or felt they needed any maintenance at all.

That said, why not just use shampoo? That would surely be safe, correct?
You have been lucky in that you have not had a new brush full of boar or badger funk. Shampoo doesn't do much to cut that. I also have never felt the need to do any additional cleaning after getting rid of the badger odor. I guess I don't have very hard water.

My preference for badger or boar funk is a mixture of Dawn & Oxyclean. It is obvious that there are some in this thread that know more than I do and that I stumbled onto something that works for me.
 
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