alan tani @ alantani.com fishing reel repair rebuild tutorial Cleaning Toothbrushes — Need Your Advice
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« Reply #15 on: November 10, 2018, 08:21:52 AM »

After I use the toothbrush to clean and degrease the gears...it is black with grime. I later use that same brush to scrub parts with baking soda/dish soap...and the brush ends up clean as new...ready to start the process all over again. Usually after about 3 or 4 reels the bristles are shot though. Cool
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« Reply #16 on: November 10, 2018, 10:32:46 AM »

 X says  that the black tooth brushes taste funny. 
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« Reply #17 on: November 10, 2018, 11:58:21 AM »

Dollar store...6 brushes for a dollar.  You can throw them away when they too cruddy. Dominick
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« Reply #18 on: November 10, 2018, 12:02:49 PM »

Or give then to the X.
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« Reply #19 on: November 10, 2018, 12:46:22 PM »

Wold Oxie clean work?.............I'm lazy with cleaning tooth brushes, just throw them into the round file, and get another. Wink Grin...............Joe
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« Reply #20 on: November 10, 2018, 12:48:44 PM »

I never had a lot of luck with Oxie clean, Joe. It might just be me.
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« Reply #21 on: November 10, 2018, 12:49:59 PM »

I too generally just discard and recycle toothbrushes.  And as mentioned above, flux brushes that are trimmed down are my go to for applying grease.  But here is something that I threw in my toolbox that works pretty good for really small, tight areas, especially those oil galley passages like Penn uses to oil the main gear.  I know, pipecleaners are a good goto as well.  You'll find these in the dental section of your local grocery/pharmacy.
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« Reply #22 on: November 11, 2018, 10:09:34 AM »

They're cheap enough to toss them when no longer useful.  Bill
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« Reply #23 on: November 11, 2018, 11:41:41 AM »

These days, since every entity recommends soft or medium, it seems like hard bristle tooth brushes, which work best on reel parts, are getting more difficult to find. Medium or soft bristles don't work near as well, won't last near as long and find their way to the waste basket a lot quicker. I also like some of the denture brushes, especially those that have tapered bristles on the end. They're not expensive and do a great job of getting into corners. I still use rejected tooth brushes but always have a denture brush in the pile.    
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« Reply #24 on: February 28, 2020, 02:15:35 AM »

I clean my brushes with undiluted Dawn dish detergent, then rinse after I clean a reel.  My lube brushes I don't clean because they have clean fresh grease on them.
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