How to Clean Your Paint Brushes

Hi everyone! It’s Leah from Leah Noell Design Co!

So you invested a small fortune in some really great brushes. Now how do you take care of them? Let me first start off by saying Go YOU! Give yourself a pat on the back for buying the right tools. Having the right tool to do the job helps ease so much frustration.

I’ve come a long way from that first brush purchase. I used to only use natural bristle brushes for blending. Now I much prefer synthetic. My favorites are the Dixie Belle Mini followed by the Oval Large brush. I have several of each and use them at least 5 days a week. They have held up really well!


Materials List:

How To:

Step 1:

Firstly, I start by running hot water over my brush. I wear gloves so my hands can withstand the hot water. I rinse the brush until the water comes mostly clear.  Then I go in with Scrubby Soap. I like this soap because it has a netting on it that helps remove some of the paint residue that gets stuck on the brushes. I rinse them and then hang them on my cabinet knob to dry. Usually this is all you need to do!

Step 2:

Maybe you have some really stuck on paint on your bristles. I like to use a lice comb to loosen this paint. After I cleaned the brush, I pull the lice comb through. I use the scrubby soap to help it slide a little. Be careful though! This comb is no joke. It may pull some of the bristles out with it so use it with caution.


For more information on how to clean your paint brushes, head over to Leah Noell Design Co. here!



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  1. Amber demackiewicz says:

    How do you clean brushes after slick stick and do you use your good synthetic brushes to slick stick? I only have 1 of every brush so they are like gold to me.

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Amber! You can use a synthetic brush if you’d like. Just be sure to clean it immediately after you’re done. Do not rinse Slick Stick down the drain.

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