I've done it, but recently have only used dish soap. I also lightly condition the wooden handle with coconut oil so it doesn't splinter and such over time. Just make sure if you do this not to get any on the bristles as it will transpose onto your shoes.
This guy in my office building decided to bring it up to me in the elevator yesterday. He has never even spoken to me before, but for some reason he felt Talk Like A Pirate Day would break the ice (relieve social tension).