2. Murphy's Oil Soap to clean brushes -- why didn't anyone tell me this before? I put a big handful of brushes, tightly packed, into a jar with about 3/4 inch of Murphy's Oil Soap, left them overnight. They are wonderfully paint-free today and the whole deal was cheap, easy, effective and much better than any brush cleaner I've tried before. The deal's off it it means the brushes won't hold paint... but I figure a few swishes in mineral spirits before I paint next should have them in fine shape to pick up and lay down paint again.