paint and paint brush renewers - alternatives
PREVENTION - Determine the amount of paint you need for a job and purchase only that amount.
Use water based paint instead of oil-based paint; latex paints are free of the flammable and toxic solvents found in oil-based paints.
Whitewash. Use whitewash (a combination of hydrated lime, water and salt which lacks heavy metal pigments, alkyd resins and other chemicals common in water-based paint) for fences, barns, basements and outbuildings. Use a dust mask when mixing.
Paint Brush Renewer
Vinegar. Soften hard paintbrushes in hot vinegar for a few minutes. Then wash paintbrush in soap and warm water and set out to dry.