Jeanette Asks: Linda, How do you clean your brushes? Mine wear out quickly.
Jeanette, There are lots of brands of brush cleaners, including Mastersons and Ugly Dog and most of them work fairly well. In the last few years, I discovered that Murphy's Oil Soap is the best way for me. It is so easy.
I pour enough Murphy's into a wide mouthed jar to cover the bristles with some hanging room. I use a large pencil with a hair band and wind the band around the brush handles, sticking the pencil in perpendicularly to the brushes. I adjust the height of the pencil to the brushes so that they hang suspended in the soap, not touching the bottom of the jar. The pencil rests on the middle of the jar lid.
I leave them from 8-24 hours. Do not swish them into the soap. Pull them out and wash with warm water and they are supple and soft, like new. Shape them and let them dry. The soap will last for quite some time before replacing as it is used up. This is the easiest way for me to clean brushes. If the paint has completely dried on the bristles, leave it for about a week and then check to see if it is soft. Thanks for your question.