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post #1 of 15 Old 10-31-2012, 11:10 PM Thread Starter
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Cleaning your grooming equipment?

What's the fastest, yet most efficient, way to clean and sanitize my grooming tools? This includes brushes, rubber curries, etc. Normal stuff

Oh, I'd also prefer it if the cleaning solution isn't too expensive.

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I soak my brushes in a bucket of warm water with detergent for an hour or so. This loosens all of the grime from the bristles and base of the brush. Then I'll give them a good scrub, and rinse thoroughly with cold water.
Curry combs I use the same process, then use an old toothbrush to scrub the gunk out.

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I soak my brushes in a bucket of warm water with detergent for an hour or so. This loosens all of the grime from the bristles and base of the brush. Then I'll give them a good scrub, and rinse thoroughly with cold water.
Curry combs I use the same process, then use an old toothbrush to scrub the gunk out.
When you say detergent, do you mean laundry detergent? Dish soap maybe?
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I just use dish soap - be mindful to rinse it all out though.
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I just use dish soap - be mindful to rinse it all out though.
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I do exactly the same as you. I know of a friend that puts hers in either the dish washer or the clothes washer. She says it works, but I'm afraid that it would damage the machine.
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I soak mine overnight in a bleach solution, then rinse well. Almost everything comes off, and I know they're sanitized.
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Thanks everyone for your replies!

I was kind of worried that soaking them in a bucket would damage the binding of the bristles to the brush. However, if everyone is doing it, it can't be too bad ;) Plus, it's not like I own expensive brushes.

I like the idea of adding a little bleach, so they get sanitized as well as cleaned. Any advice on how much to use? Any types of brushes I need to avoid?
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I use around 2 cups per bucket.
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i use dish detergent and white vinegar hot water. let dock for a couple of hours. the white vinegar really works wonders on odors and dirt build up that can be hard ti get off
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I'm so lazy. When I look at my dirty rubber curries, I'll set them out before it rains in a bucket with some dish soap. Then I rinse them the next day. Sometimes I use my dirty brushes to scrub my horses for a bath--warm weather ONLY. Then they're clean when I put them away.

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