Silicoil Brush Cleaning Tank

Art materials are inherently hazardous. Even the least harmful products may have some amount of hazardous ingredients. Try reducing your exposure by using personal protective equipment, ventilating your space and only buying what you need.

The following product reviews have been requested by program partners. To know which of your existing products are safer to use, please review their Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) to see if they have the same ingredients as the products listed here.

When to Use

Pour a small amount of solvent in jar - use linseed or walnut oil (for oil paints) and water/water and soap (for acrylics, water soluble oils and watercolors). Gently rub brush against the metal coil submerged in solvent to dislodge any product. Follow with brush cleaner or soap if needed. Wipe clean brush on rag. Close jar with lid.



Info on this product category: Brush Cleaners (Artist)

Why Go Green

Many art products contain hazardous ingredients that are harmful to your health and the health of the environment. There are safer alternatives available for most categories of art materials. In case, safer alternatives cannot be used, use the recommended personal protective equipment and ventilation.


You don't need harsh solvents to clean brushes. Most brushes can be cleaned with soap and water. Use these products to keep your brush clean during painting and between uses.

Criteria for Brush Cleaners (Artist)

Products should not contain carcinogens, asthmagens, mutagens, endocrine disruptors, neurotoxins and reproductive toxicants.

Last updated

Last updated: 
November 7, 2014


The Safer Art Products & Practices factsheet helps artists make safer decisions when it comes to purchasing, using and disposing art materials.

Guide for City Staff

Citywide Contract

Guide for Small Businesses & Homes

Many art products contain hazardous material that should not end up in the trash, recycling or composting bins or be poured down the drain.
Professionals: Call Recology SF's Very Small Quantity Generator Program at (415) 330-1425 to dispose of all art waste.
Hobby Artists: Call (415) 330-1405

Empty clean containers can be recycled in the Recycling bin.

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