Re: Cleaning Brushes 101 'Everything you need to know'
This is what I don't get...
Using plain old soap, not anti-bacterial, just soap kills bacteria. Why would one need to use alcohol to clean them to "kill germs"? I can see using alcohol for in-between cleanings, but baby shampoo should be enough to kill bacteria and germs.
There is a theory that using the anti bacterial every thing is what is causing super bugs like MERSA.
Just a thought. Anyone who is a scientist is welcome to reply, as I certainly am not!
Baby shampoo products DO kill bacteria. I don't know where it came from that it doesn't? It has all sorts of lovely chemicals in it... just google "does baby shampoo kill bacteria" and you'll get results talking about the formaldehyde that's in it, LOL. A soap doesn't have to be labeled anti-bacterial for it to kill bacteria. That's just put on stuff to get the masses to buy it. It's more about technique than product. If you use antibacterial soap on your hands, and only scrub for 5 seconds, you're not doing any good. Plain ol' soap and water for minimum of 30 seconds is the running standard. (I went off on a tangent, sorry, haha. I'm a microbiologist, it happens. I love talking about bacteria...)
On another note... I use to use Sephora brush shampoo, and it seemed to leave my brushes really dry, so I switched to MAC's cleaner, and I love it! Definitely gets out the stains that some products leave, and doesn't leave my brushes dry and scratchy. I clean every week to every few weeks. It really depends on my usage and how many colors get stuck in the brushes.