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txbikergirl

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Posted - Feb 05 2016 :  6:46:39 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
thought i would reenergize the bottle brush discussion as i am apparently hard on brushes (breakage is a theme in my posts tonight!).

mary jane found this nice brush posted here (page 3) https://heritagejersey.org/chatroom/topic.asp?whichpage=3&TOPIC_ID=849



after FOUR months i am on my THIRD one. apparently i am hard on brushes and things. i apparently overcompensate for small hands by pushing on things real hard. i liked the size, weight and function of the brush, but two times it broke at the head right above the first row of bristles...



i am not a fan of plastic, prefer more natural materials, but if it works then i don't complain. like the online reviews said i did have the brush come apart in three parts several times, but that was easily rectified with a bit of glue (the brush is three parts - head, main handle, handle grip). but the breakage was not at one of these junctures - it was literally above the first row of bristles - so in between two rows of bristles. weird.

i am now trying out a different brush. a wood handled horsehair brush.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002HORIN4?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00


here is the side by side view with the previous brush referred to above. amazingly similar length, width, size, etc.


here's a close-up of the heads. note the length of the new horsehair brush is longer. it makes a difference, truly.


so the comparison? first, i am only one week into the new brush so will have to follow up later on long-term use. initial reaction? LOVE IT! the tactile feel of the wood handle is amazing, i am at home with it. the handle is made to be comfy, nice circumference. the weight is wonderful. the function is great - longer head does make a difference to clean, and the bristle groups are more full and work great. its all one piece - so less breakage points. oh, and its warm looking and purdy. farmgirl happy!

i did a bit of research into sanitation issues before buying. there are actually studies showing that natural fibers are much more sanitary than plastic, and cleaning effectiveness is greater. i wash mine with liquipfan after each use, spray with bleach/water dilution and air dry. as long as they are equal in sanitation i am happy.

if you follow my posts at all you know i look for old fashioned common sense in my tools, and i am hoping this meets that. it checks all the boxes in the short-term so we'll see how it works in reality long-term.


Firefly Hollow Farm , our little farmstead. Farmgirl living in the green piney woods of East Texas on 23 acres with a few jerseys, too many chickens, a pair of pugs and my Texan hubby (aka "lover boy")

Edited by - txbikergirl on Feb 05 2016 6:51:50 PM

CloversMum

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Posted - Feb 05 2016 :  8:31:07 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Love this! I was still using the original bottle brush which has metal on it ... one metal brush already broke on me and the other one is beginning to have little spots of rust. I was just thinking this week that I needed to replace it.

And your natural brush sounds right up my alley. I'm ordering one soon. And, thank you for all the close up pictures!

Loving life and family on our Idaho farm, Meadowlark Heritage Farm; A few Jersey cows; a few alpacas; a few more goats, and even more ducks and chickens
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txbikergirl

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Posted - Feb 06 2016 :  07:10:42 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
most welcome charlene! i always appreciate all the photos and commentary mary jane puts up that helps all us newbies, so want to share the love. the feel of the wood is just wonderful, each morning i am happy using this thing. can't explain it any other way.

i actually went on a brush buying spree a few weeks ago so i have a few other new natural bristle brushes for various house uses i am trying out. will report back on those if i find another tremendous "change of life" brush!

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CloversMum

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Posted - Feb 06 2016 :  09:23:45 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yes, Amazon is very helpful to show all those other natural brushes so do share after you've used them for a bit.

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Andrea0509

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Posted - Feb 06 2016 :  5:44:35 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I go through soooo many bottle brushes for my kids! (Daily cleaning of bottles and sippy cups!) I have tried many different kinds but didn't think to try a more natural option. Looks like a bottle brush will always be a useful part of my kitchen ;)

Hobby farming with my husband & two kids in beautiful Michigan ~ 1 Jersey; Miss Persimmon, 2 Olde English Southdown ewes; Lula & Clementine, and chickens to come Spring 2016. Loving the adventure!
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maryjane

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Posted - Feb 07 2016 :  03:37:21 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Love the wooden handled brush you found, Cindy. When I purchased the plastic brush, I bought three of them. I'm still on my first one. When I was looking for a brush to replace the one that came with the EZ, I read the reviews and several people said the head had broken off so I've been very careful with mine. So far, so good.

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NellieBelle

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Posted - Feb 07 2016 :  11:24:29 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I purchased the one you did MaryJane, (plastic one), and it's still going strong. No problems with breakage.

To laugh is human but to moo is bovine. Author Unknown
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txbikergirl

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Posted - Feb 07 2016 :  11:57:19 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
i do suspect i am a little agressive with my bottle brush ;> obviously i man handle things a bit as even my Y connector broke under the strain!

Firefly Hollow Farm , our little farmstead. Farmgirl living in the green piney woods of East Texas on 23 acres with a few jerseys, too many chickens, a pair of pugs and my Texan hubby (aka "lover boy")
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CloversMum

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Posted - Feb 08 2016 :  10:10:42 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Cindy, too strong for your own good! I do like those wooden brushes though.

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maryjane

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Posted - Feb 09 2016 :  05:51:20 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Stella and Mia's basketball team is named "Tough Girls." They'll probably be hard on my bottle brushes when they're old enough to milk on their own.

MaryJane Butters, author of Milk Cow Kitchen ~ striving for the stoicism of a cow standing in the rain ~
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Sydney2015

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Posted - Feb 09 2016 :  09:27:17 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That's funny MaryJane. "Tough Girls", I like it. Tell Stella and Mia congrats on winning last night.

A good laugh overcomes more difficulties and dissipates more dark clouds than any other one thing - Laura Ingalls Wilder

I live on a small farm of seventy acres called Green Forest Farm, with 10 horses, a donkey, 5 beef cows, 2 beef heifers, 3 Hereford heifers, around 60 chickens, 8 dogs, my amazing cow, AppleButter, and her little Jersey calf HoneyButter!
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CloversMum

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Posted - Feb 10 2016 :  09:12:47 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
For my birthday yesterday, Ethan gave me a gift certificate to Amazon ... I'm getting some wooden brushes! :) And possibly some towels ... oh, a lovely day.

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txbikergirl

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Posted - Feb 10 2016 :  4:44:03 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
happy birthday and happy shopping charlene!

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CloversMum

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Posted - Feb 13 2016 :  05:25:56 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I received my wooden bottle brush in the mail yesterday and immediately put it to good use. I really like it!! Thanks for the tip, Cindy. It is sturdily made so if you break this one, Cindy, I will be shocked!

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txbikergirl

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Posted - Feb 13 2016 :  3:32:08 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
glad you liked it charlene. the wood brush just makes me happy each morning when i use it, i just can't get that warmth from plastic. i did have a bit of horsehair smell the first week but it is all gone now, just so you know.

now lets hope this "tough girl" doesn't destroy the thing in a few weeks ;> if i break this one there is absolutely no hope for me!

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txbikergirl

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Posted - Mar 02 2016 :  4:47:32 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
the bottle brush testing continues. i have a second bottle brush i now use daily, hand in hand with my full wood one. this one fits into the ez milker extraction tubes nicely. it isn't all natural like my wood bottle brush, but it is a "fuller" brush and is very sturdy and strong.

the new "fuller" brush is on the bottom, it has a sturdy metal interior rod with plastic bristles and a wood handle. it has a substantial feel to it. it also has an offset knob at the top, which is nice to use in the inflations extraction tubes. makes a nice tight fit to ensure you get everything cleaned nicely. one of the things that is nice with this is the wire interior rod isn't sharp at the end, this is a real quality brush and they twisted the interior wire to make it strong, and did the end nicely so it won't poke out the items you clean with it.






this is the brush on amazon http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B018IU3RT4?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_search_detailpage

note, i tried another brush with this one that i did NOT like. its an all natural brush, but the bristles were just wimpy and won't last long for me at all. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004FO5CBE?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_search_detailpage it has the similar shape head as the fuller, but doesn't have the sturdiness i desire.

Firefly Hollow Farm , our little farmstead. Farmgirl living in the green piney woods of East Texas on 23 acres with a few jerseys, too many chickens, a pair of pugs and my Texan hubby (aka "lover boy")

Edited by - txbikergirl on Mar 04 2016 3:12:18 PM
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CloversMum

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Posted - Mar 04 2016 :  1:31:59 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I like the shape of this brush. Do you think the metal will rust like the first brushes did that came with the EZ milker?

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txbikergirl

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Posted - Mar 04 2016 :  3:15:58 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
i have only been using it a month charlene, so can't predict that fully. i can tell you that it isn't cheap flimsy metal, as it holds up well to tough girl abuse. i did get a spatula last month that the first time i washed it the rust was out and about, but not yet on this brush.

my hope is that the fuller brush company used quality metal here, as i do really like the quality of the brush even though the bristles aren't natural. the only thing these two brushes together can't do is get inside the silicone inflations, i am still testing stuff for that.

i will let you know as time goes by! to rust or not...

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