Easily Clean And Renew Paint Brushes With The Help Of This Kitchen Ingredient

If you love to do your own decorating, your dedicated paintbrushes are probably looking a little worse for wear. Mixing together new and old paint won't turn out well, but stuck-on paint stains that have been on your brushes for a while aren't likely to come out with just soap and water. That's where lemon juice comes in. This household use for lemon juice is all-natural and will remove dry paint stains from your brushes so they look as good as new once again.

This hack is extremely simple to carry out and conveniently requires household ingredients you likely already have. You only need lemon juice, dish soap, and some warm water as well as access to a stove or a way of boiling the lemon juice. In no time at all, your paint brushes will be refreshed and free of old paint so you can re-use them time and time again for upcoming home projects.

Your brushes will emerge soft and paint-free

To start with, add lemon juice (enough to cover your brushes) to a pan and bring it to a boil on the stove. Once the lemon juice is hot enough, quickly submerge the edges of the bristles into it and then turn down the heat. Let them sit for 15 minutes before removing them from the pan. Wash the brushes thoroughly with warm soapy water to remove any hardened paint and lemon residue. You can either use a cloth to dry them or put them outside in the sun for faster drying. 

It may seem like an unexpected way to use lemon juice, but the reason the ingredient works so well to get rid of stubborn paint stains is likely down to the fact it's acidic. This acid reacts with both acidic and alkaline stains to break them down. In addition to their strong stain removal powder, lemons are naturally antibacterial and will help to make odors less pungent, so this hack is also ideal for any paint brushes that have been sat in a damp environment.