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    Someone recently told me they had good luck with Oxydol stain remover. Another person mentioned vinegar soaks.

    I was talking to a supplier of badger hair brushes the other day. They spray the knots with Lysol.

    I haven't tried the above processes.

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    When I bought my new Vie-Long badger, it did have a bit of an odor to it ( even though it is a beautiful brush ). I soaked it in a solution of warm water and Dawn dishsoap for a few hours. Dawn is known for being a mild soap.

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    Thanks to everyone who posted answers... I almost posted a new thread about new brush smell. Mine's a Muhle travel brush, described as pure badger, but it sure smells piggy. I don't remember that my other badger brush smelled piggy, but it's so long ago that I'd have forgotten.

    Anyone else had a badger brush that smelled more like a boar brush?
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    Thanks for all the good tips everyone!!! I was also noticing that the brush it self could use a little softening as far as the bristles went. So I put some hair conditioner on it and left it for about 24 hours, wow did that soften things up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by roughkype View Post
    Thanks to everyone who posted answers... I almost posted a new thread about new brush smell. Mine's a Muhle travel brush, described as pure badger, but it sure smells piggy. I don't remember that my other badger brush smelled piggy, but it's so long ago that I'd have forgotten.

    Anyone else had a badger brush that smelled more like a boar brush?
    The stink everyone notices is not so much the badger or the boar as it is whatever the factory sterilized it with... so yes, most likely.

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    That makes sense. If it were the badger hair itself it would probably have more of a "smells like chicken" fragrance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by garth View Post
    That makes sense. If it were the badger hair itself it would probably have more of a "smells like chicken" fragrance.
    The other white smell.
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    "Badgers? We don't need no stinking badgers!"

    Heehee. Sorry I couldn't resist.

    Someone told me it's like new car smell and after awhile he misses it. I'm not sure I could handle riding in a car that smells like a badger though at least not with the windows up.

    I'm breaking in a new brush too. It's a little funky but not too bad. I dipped mine in Febreeze and let it sit for a few minutes and then washed it out with shampoo and hair conditioner.

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    Tabac soap masks the odour nicely
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    I remember when i got a new "art of shaving" brush in a set for x-mas, real badger btw. I used a dishsoap known as "yes" in sweden, whipped it up realy good 4-5 times and rinsed it clean. Then i used a hair conditioner and soaped it up good and let it rest for about 5 mins then rinsed it clean, repated it about 3 times. And with that the smell was gone and it was MUCH softer. You can use the conditioner on brushes that getting stiffer too. Hope this helps anyone

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