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post #11 of 24 Old 12-30-2008, 02:56 PM Thread Starter
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I just used warm water, and a dab of dish soap.

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post #12 of 24 Old 12-30-2008, 04:10 PM
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My2Geldings: I have also read on here of some people to use bleach for their brushes. Not something I would ever consider doing. Can't imagine how much it would damage your gear and the smell, yuck
It does not damage the brushes if you use bleach you delut it like when you disifect babys toys with it
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post #13 of 24 Old 12-30-2008, 06:08 PM
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I clean my brushes about twice a year, especially after my horses get over their yearly bout of rainrot (which came it late this year, lol). I soak the brushes in bleach and water (50/50) overnight then use dish soap to finish them up, put them in the sun to dry overnight and there as good as new.

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post #14 of 24 Old 12-30-2008, 07:01 PM
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The water : bleach ratio is that like mentioned, not sufficiently damaging to your equipment.

Like I said, it is used for sterilization, not every time you clean your brushes.
Some use 50/50. I use about 1/3 bleach and then use mild soap so that it doesn't irritate my horse.

I've never had any trouble with it. And the smell is barely noticeable in the soaking process, and completely gone afterwards. I think it is a great way to thoroughly clean your grooming supplies.

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post #15 of 24 Old 01-01-2009, 04:05 PM
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what do you do for brushes that aren't made out of plastic? My soft brush is made out of some sort of hair, i think. How would I go about cleaning that one?
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post #16 of 24 Old 01-01-2009, 04:11 PM
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I don't clean the natural ones because they stink if you wet them! I find they keep themselves pretty clean or just rub it on your curry comb

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post #17 of 24 Old 01-01-2009, 05:54 PM
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ok, thanks Moo! :)

I brought my grooming stuff home so I'll be cleaning them tonight!
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post #18 of 24 Old 01-04-2009, 04:43 PM
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If you have a sally's or other beauty supply store like it you can buy Barbicide. It's what is used in Salons and Barber shops to clean their brushes and combs and it kills bacteria and things like that. You dilute it in a container with water and just put your brushes and combs in there and let them soak for about 10 minutes.

Heres some info on barbicide:

U.S. EPA registered, hospital grade, broad spectrum disinfectant
Kills pseudomonas, staph and salmonella
Germicide, Pseudomonacide, Fungicide and Virucide
Anti-rust formula

Original Barbicide Kills HIV-1 (AIDS virus), Hepatitis B & C on precleaned environmental surfaces/objects previously soiled with blood and body fluids.

How to use:

Mix 1 ounce with 32 ounces of water and use on countertops and equipment. Thoroughly cleanse implements by immersing for 10 minutes. Soak and then rinse implements

I believe barbicide is your best bet!
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post #19 of 24 Old 01-04-2009, 11:20 PM
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I've never even thought of cleaning my brushes...

I pull all the hair out afer I groom, and when I wash my horse they get a bit of a clean cause I rush the shampoo through. but that's it.

Maybe I should think about cleaning them... lol.

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post #20 of 24 Old 01-06-2009, 06:27 PM
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I take my brushes home at LEAST once a month and clean the.
I use warm water and a grease cutting soap (dawn or any other dish soap), scrud the handles really well, I clean all my bristled brushes with my curry comb under water. Rinse really well, and then rinse again just to be sure. And then I let them dry in the sun, (or inside when mother nature wont cooperate)
I always clean out my caddy to make sure all the dirt and hair doesn't form a mountain in the bottom of it.
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