I no longer recall the century in which I purchased by pastry brush. I--probably fortunately--can no longer recall all of the various liquids, semi-solids, and other assorted items that it has plowed through over the years. But on using again yesterday, I noticed that the bristles are what we ought, euphemistically, refer to as..."tacky"--perhaps even figuratively as well as literally.
My initial solution was to simply boil away the crud. When that had minimal impact, I added white vinegar to the water. That had a noticeable but still insufficient effect. Should I simply toss the brush or can anyone save this relic of ages past?