Downy Fabric Softener.
To keep paintbrushes soft, add a drop of Downy Fabric Softener to
the final rinse.
Heinz White Vinegar and
Ziploc Storage Bags. To store clean paintbrushes used for
latex paint and keep the bristles supple, place each brush in its
own Ziploc Storage Bag, add one teaspoon Heinz White Vinegar, and
seal the bag shut.
Jet-Dry. To soften
paintbrushes, add a few drops of Jet-Dry to the final rinse water.
The surfactants help the water clean the soap film and paint residue
from the brush.
L’eggs Sheer Energy Panty
Hose. A clean, used pair of Tieggs Sheer Energy Panty Hose
makes a great substitute for a paintbrush. Ball up the panty hose
and use it like a sponge or secure it to a stick with several rubber
bands to apply wood stain, varnish, or polyurethane.
Maxwell House Coffee.
To prevent paintbrush bristles from bending while soaking in a
solvent, pour the solvent into an empty Maxwell House Coffee can,
cut an X in the plastic lid, and push the brush handle up through
the slit so the brush hangs in the can about one-half inch from the
bottom rather than resting on its bristles.
To apply paint in a tight corner or crevice, use a clean, used
Oral-B Toothbrush as a miniature paintbrush.
Q-Tips Cotton Swabs.
To paint crevices or tight corners, dip one end of a Q-Tips Cotton
Swab into the paint and use it like a paintbrush.
Reynolds Wrap. To
store wet paintbrushes, wrap the wet brushes in Reynolds Wrap and
store them in your freezer. The cold temperature in the freezer
prevents the paint from drying. When you’re ready to paint again,
defrost the brushes for an hour or more.
Skin So Soft Body Lotion.
To keep paintbrushes feeling soft as new, add a drop of Skin So Soft
Body Lotion to the final rinse.
USA Today. To wipe
paintbrushes clean after rinsing, place the bristles between the
pages of a thick section of USA Today, squeeze the paper around the
bristles, and remove the brush.
Ziploc Storage Bags.
To save a wet paintbrush saturated with oil-based paint overnight,
place the entire paintbrush inside a Ziploc Storage Bag and store it
in the freezer. The cold temperature in the freezer prevents the
paint from drying. When you’re ready to paint again, defrost the
paintbrush for an hour or more.