Bea tests four hacks she finds on the internet which show how paintbrushes used on water-based paints are being cleaned. Did they pass her test? Watch the video here.

I can’t believe the sheer number of hacks we find in the internet! From financial advice to putting on makeup, there are so many experts online! There are even Zoomers giving advice on how to live your best life. Really? At 16?

Anyway, Bea discussed the following hacks on how to restore paintbrushes not washed after use with paint left to harden and dry:

  • clean the brush in a bowl of warm water and dish soap, then brush or comb out the stubborn dried paint that didn’t dissolve in the water and soap mix
  • put a dryer sheet in a basin of warm water (not HOT!) then put the unwashed brush on top of the dryer sheet and leave to soak
  • warm up some vinegar, put it in a bottle, soak the brush, then comb out the dried paint using a fork
  • whack the hardened bristles with a hammer, then brush out the dried paint from the bristles

So did any of the hacks work? NO!

The vinegar one stayed with me. All I could think about was, ano yan, adobo?

Treat Your Paint Brushes with Care

What is the Boysen way of cleaning your paintbrushes? Take time to read the article before you start your DIY paint job.

Caring for Your Paint Tools So They Last Longer

Wash those brushes after every use! There is really no going around this step, DIYers! This is as much a part of your DIY paint job as surface preparation.

And if you don’t know how to choose the right tools for your DIY paint job, read this too.

Don’t Forget These 3 Tips When Choosing Paint Brushes and Rollers

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Annie is the Managing Editor of Let it B | MyBoysen Blog. An unrepentant workaholic, she runs this blog and her own company Talking Lions ( She thrives on collaborating with people who are good at what they do, and working together with them to create something special. Annie learned interior styling while managing her own wholesale business in the Netherlands, importing high-end, handmade home furnishings to stock four outlets and a showroom in the country.

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