I don't know about you, but I HATE cleaning my brushes. It used to be a hour of my day, once every week if I didn't put it off- which I almost always did- and then I would be unable to use some of my favorite tools for a full day. On top of that, my hand would get all pruney and my sink would need to be cleaned. Who could enjoy that?
This annoyance was completely eliminated when I made an unbelievably simple switch. I went from washing all of my brushes in one go, to washing two to five every night. It has become one of my steps in my evening routine. I pick out a few brushes that are in need of a wash and get them nice and clean. I no longer have to worry about not having a dry brush ready for use the next day, so no more excuses for dirty brushes.
To wash my brushes, I run them under warm water, being sure to have them facing downwards to prevent moisture from getting into the ferrule and growing mold or breaking down the glue. Then I grab Dr. Bronner's Magic solid peppermint soap, working the brush hairs back and forth or in circular motions depending on the bristles, rinsing and repeating until the water runs clear. After that, I blot them with a paper towel with a bit of jojoba oil on it, to condition the bristles. I leave them to dry overnight on a roasting rack, aka a cooling rack with an incline, so my brushes are tilted while they dry, to keep that moisture buildup at bay. A roasting rack isn't necessary as you can put a pencil under the ends of your brushes to elevate them, but picking one up from a thrift store is great for any brush hoarder like myself.
With any luck this variation of brush cleaning will help you get into the habit of making sure your brushes are always bacteria free and feeling fresh on your skin!