Hi, I just bought a new boar bristle brush that has a wooden handle. It has this horrible kind of nauseating smell that i assume is coming from the glue that bonds the bristles in place. Is there any way of removing this smell without harming the bristles? I've tried washing it with baby shampoo but the smell still remains.. Let me know if you know anything that could do the trick! thanks!
YouTips4U: Excellent, congratulations - you did a great thing. Don't be alarmed by the smell, they do have an odor when they're brand new. It has been compared to a wet dog. Give it time, the odor will fade in a few days. You can speed up the process by washing it with shampoo and rinsing it as you have been doing, but I don't recommend doing this because it wears down the brush and wood. If you do decide you must wash it because it's really bothering you, use a gentle shampoo and water to lather; no conditioner, and rinse well. Do not soak it in water when cleaning it. Shake it out really well when you're done and let it air dry on a dry surface. Your brush will last for years and years if you take good care of it. For normal use purposes your brush should be shampooed about once a month and the loose hairs should be removed daily with a comb.