Cleaning Wax Brushes with Ease

Do you guys remember yesterday when I shared how we gave the nightstand a weathered look with paint? Well, part of that process is brushing dark furniture paste wax onto the painted piece of furniture with a wax brush.. That project was the first time I had ever used a brush to apply wax. Normally, I’m all about the lint free cloth or even an old tee shirt. But you know, I’m game for most anything that doesn’t scare me (think balloons or buffet lines) so I tried the wax brush and it worked out great. Although total side note, it definitely gives your arms a workout he he!

It wasn’t until I had finished buffing and staging the nightstand and then cleaning up the project mess I realized I had no idea how to clean out my wax brush. After a quick search online, it seemed most people cleaned their wax brushes with mineral spirits. The thing is, we were totally out of mineral spirits and it’s a 35-minute ride to town. Undeterred, I found an alternative that worked out so well I was totally shocked. Here’s a look at how you can clean your wax brushes with ease…

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I’ve been using the same weathering technique on a few other pieces for the master bedroom so this is what my brush usually looks like when I get finished.

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To clean the brush, you can either pour canola oil directly over the brush bristles or you can dip the bristles into a paper bowl filled with a bit of oil.

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Work the oil into the bristles where the wax has been. It gets kind of messy so you may want to use gloves for this part.

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Then add liquid dishwashing soap. I used Gain because we that on hand but I’m sure something like Dawn would also work.

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You’ll work the dishwashing soap into the bristles too. Look at that you guys, it’s getting cleaner already!

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Clean and rinse well under hot water. Obviously, you’ll need to use caution and care as water will be hot. Make sure you let the brush bristles dry completely.

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Check it out…all clean! I know!

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I don’t know if this works with latex paint or not but we’ve spent so many nights lately painting the master bedroom for the One Room Challenge. I’ll share an update with you tomorrow. Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Many blessings,


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    1. Thanks so much ladies! I was totally shocked the oil worked out as well as it did so I knew I had to pass it along. Big hugs, CoCo

  1. Thank god I found you! Same thing happened to me. Did what u said and worked like a charm. Thankyou so much!

    1. That is so awesome, Cindy! So glad this idea worked for you. It has saved me so many times too! Hope your day is a fun one, CoCo

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