Regular maintenance on your badger hair shaving brush is essential in order to keep it healthy and able to lather and apply your shaving cream efficiently and effectively (be sure to check out our guide of the top shaving creams).
Using a shaving brush is the easy part, but knowing how to clean a shaving brush helps eliminate the badger brush smell.
In this article, I’m going to teach you the very easy steps on how to clean a shaving brush.
I am sure that you clean your shaving brush as thoroughly as you can after each shave by removing as much soap out of the bristles as you can.
When I first started wet shaving I thought that cleaning a shaving brush was all that was necessary.
Over time I noticed that my bristles did not look as “lively” as they did when I first bought the brush.
Although I thought I did an excellent job of cleaning the brush after my shaves, over time, soap scum builds up at the base of the bristles where they insert into the handle.
This causes all sorts of problems for the brush including not being able to lather as well and not retaining as much water, resulting in a subpar shave.
I’ll assume you already know how to use a shave brush so I’ll focus solely on how to clean a shaving brush using a shaving brush cleaner.
Let me show you how I do a full clean on my shaving brush in order to get the soap scum removed and get it back in full pristine working condition.
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How to Clean a Shaving Brush
What You Will Need
There is a good chance that you will have all of the needed products in order to do this cleaning.
- White vinegar
- Dish detergent (not to be confused with the dishwasher detergent)
- Recommended: Palmolive Ultra Oxy-plus Power Degreaser Dish Liquid
- A cup that will fit your brush snug
- A brush stand
- Recommended: Perfecto Deluxe Chrome Razor and Brush Stand
This is how to clean a shaving brush (step-by-step).
The first step on how to clean a shaving brush is to fill your cup up with 6 to 8 ounces of warm distilled water.
You can either use filtered water such as from a Brita or you can boil some water and let it cool down to a warm temperature to clean the shaving brush.
The reason I do this is so that once the water dries, it doesn’t leave too much residue.
You should then add a couple of squirts of dish detergent.
Place your shaving brush into the mixture with your bristles facing down.
You should swirl your brush around in the mixture and also press down with moderate force so that it exposes the base of the bristles to the soap mixture.
Do this for approximately two minutes.
The reason I use dish detergent is that it is a very mild cleanser and helps remove the soap scum at the base of your brush.
Empty out and clean the cup of soapy water.
Also, run warm water through your badger brush in order to get all of the soapy water out of it.
The next step is to add a one-to-one solution of warm water to white vinegar.
Again make sure you use warm distilled water.
The total solution should be approximately 6 to 8 ounces.
A dash of white vinegar does a fantastic job at removing soap scum.
When purchasing the white vinegar, make sure you do not purchase white wine vinegar or white balsamic vinegar for this step.
It should simply say “white vinegar”.
Put your badger brush into the whites vinegar solution with the bristles face down just as you did in step number one.
You’re going to do the same thing as stirring your brush in the solution as well as pressing it down so that the solution can get to the base of the hairs.
After you have mixed your badger brush around for a minute or two you are going to let it sit in the solution for another 5 to 10 min.
After letting your badger brush set in the vinegar solution for 5 to 10 min, you will need to do a thorough washing with warm water.
This process takes a couple of minutes in order to get the white vinegar smell out of your brush.
When you are satisfied make sure to squeeze the rest of the water out and then hang your badger brush upside down on a stand.
It is essential to hang it upside down so that oxygen can easily get to the brush.
It also lets the brush dry evenly. If you do not have a stand to hang it on, obtaining one is a top priority!
How to Clean a Shaving Brush – Other Tips
You can repeat this process as many times as it takes to get your badger brush clean.
Because you already know how to use a badger brush for shaving cream application, you should also be sure to know how to clean a wet shave brush properly.
If you have never cleaned your brush in the few years you have been using your brush, I recommend doing this process two to three times over the period of a week.
Also, some people complained of the white vinegar smell that is left in their brushes.
If you want, you can reduce the ratio of white vinegar to water in your solution.
You can try a 1/4 or a 1/8 ratio instead.
All you really need to learn how to clean a shaving brush is dish detergent, white vinegar, a cup, and a brush stand.
I hope this article helped you guys learn about the importance of regular shaving brush maintenance and how to care for shaving brushes.
As you can see the steps on how to clean a shaving brush are incredibly easy to do in order to keep the hairs on your brush healthy and functional.
Get out there and try this technique and let me know what you all think in the comments below.
If you have any other methods of cleaning your shaving brush I would love to hear about them and if you have abused your brush beyond repair or just want to upgrade be sure to check out this article on the different kinds of shaving brushes and the best ones out there on the market today.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How Often Should You Clean A Shaving Brush?
It is advisable to clean the shaving brush more thoroughly every 1-2 months and wash it after each usage.
For this, a light shampoo (such as baby shampoo) can be used.
Gently lather the shampoo in the brush hairs with your hands, then thoroughly rinse it off.
2. Should You Wash A Shaving Brush?
Before you use your new shaving brush for the first time, give it a gentle rinse with warm soapy water.
Animal shaving brushes, such as Badger or Boar, may have a distinct odor, thus giving your brush a thorough cleaning might help you get rid of any lingering odors!
3. Do Badger Shaving Brushes Smell?
Although, learning how to clean a shaving brush will save the day.
Most of the smell will be washed off by lathering and rinsing the brush with your shaving soap or cream.
If the smell persists, soak it in a cup of warm water with a teaspoon of vinegar.
4. How Long Will A Shaving Brush Last?
A shaving brush should last roughly ten years if properly cared for.
Brushes with a lifespan of fewer than ten years are routinely mistreated and neglected.
So, how can you get the most out of your brush?
To begin, treat the brush gently and avoid using hot water.
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