Baby oil to clean brushes

by Robert
(northeast GA)

Baby oil is a perfect thinner for cleaning brushes without the odor. Just replace baby oil for whatever you have been using. After cleaning the brushes wipe with a paper towel.


There is no need to wash the brushes in any brush cleaner. I dip my brushes in baby oil and then knock off the excess in the beater bucket. Brushes will stay like new. The cheap baby oil works as good as the more expensive.

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Jun 28, 2009
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That's a great idea!
by: Jill

Thanks for that! :)

Jul 03, 2008
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Thinners
by: Francis

I might try this as turps and even odourless thinners put me off painting in oil. Thanks for the tip.

Jul 02, 2008
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by: Anonymous

I have previously tried baby oil and I find it difficult to get the brushes to not feel oily afterward. Paper towels just don't get it all out.

Jul 02, 2008
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Baby oil
by: June

Great tip Robert. I`ll definitely be trying this one. Wish Van Gogh could have known this. didn`t he accidentally drink turps when he was carried away with a painting.

Jul 01, 2008
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Great Tip... Be Careful
by: Bob Davies

Great tip Robert. Be careful not to do this for your watercolour brushes however, as you will end up putting a thin film of oil on to the paper - which can only lead to problems!

Jul 13, 2013
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Baby Oil
by: Jack Kelly

I have been using baby oil for a couple years and I agree with you it is a great brush cleaning treatment.

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