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        09-19-2011, 10:24 PM
    Question Brush Cleaning?

    Hey! I am looking for an easy, effective way to clean my brushes. What methods do you find best? Thanks!
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        09-19-2011, 10:31 PM
    Green Broke
    Bucket of hot, soapy water, rinse with a hose.
        09-19-2011, 10:38 PM
    ^ Same but I use Betadine shampoo.
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        09-19-2011, 10:41 PM
    I toss in about 1/2 c bleach per gallon but otherwise, soapy water, rinse well and let air dry.
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        09-20-2011, 06:38 PM
    A good way to get hair out of them is to use a metal curry comb and brush them together really hard
        09-20-2011, 09:53 PM
    I like multi-tasking and saving time. When I bathe the horse and am finished with the soapy water in the bucket, I throw in all the brushes. Let them soak, while I braid or band & put his jammies on. Then it's time for me to clean up my washrack area, I dump them out of the bucket & hose them off in the washrack to clean up the whole works. Been doing this for decades.
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        09-20-2011, 10:29 PM
    I use either a mild soap (like Ivory) or horse shampoo. Pour it in a big bucket w/ soapy water, and let all the brushes soak for about 15 minutes. You want to make sure not to use any harsh chemicals in case any residue is left on the brushes - I wouldn't risk getting bleach on my horse's coat!
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        09-20-2011, 10:36 PM
    Green Broke
    I usually just take them home and use my own shampoo to scrub them well, then rinse and let them air dry.... but I love waresbear's idea!!!
        09-21-2011, 06:34 AM
    I usually just soak in soapy water, then scrub and rinse. One tip: if your brushes have wooden handles, only put them in water up to the top of the bristles to preserve the finish of the wood.
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        09-21-2011, 07:20 AM
    I use waresbear's method as well. Actually, I use my horse's shampoo (Mane 'n Tail) to wash blankets, boots/wraps, and saddle pads - I don't worry so much about something irritating his skin or coat.
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