How to Clean your Make-up Brushes

Make-up brushes are pretty gross. They collect grime and bacteria that I don’t even want to think about, let alone smear all over my face. And after many years spent pouring money down the drain buying new brushes, I thought, there’s gotta be a better way. So I started researching the best way to clean them. Obviously, there were a lot of name brand sprays, shampoos, and costly sponges. But the winning solution was actually a combination of household items.

Full disclosure: I wash my brushes every two weeks–each of these “before” pictures is just from two weeks of daily use. (Ew.)

Step 1: Prep

What You’ll Need:

  • Dish soap (this is the cleanser)
  • Olive Oil (this keeps the bristles soft and shapely)
  • Plate
  • Towel (not pictured)
  • A bunch of gross make-up brushes

Step 2: Make your solution

On the plate, pour a good amount of dish soap with a very small  amount of olive oil (no more than the size of a quarter in diameter).

Step 3: Clean those brushes!

Dip your brush or sponge into the solution and swirl it around in circular motions in the palm of your hand. Then just rinse and wring out. Repeat as many times as you need per brush until it’s nice and clean. Use your hands and a towel to gently reshape the bristles.


Step 4: Drying

Fold the towel and set your brushes up with the bristles facing down. Extra water will drain out as they dry; if you leave the bristles skyward, it will seep into the handle and eventually ruin your brushes. Yikes!

Finally, your brushes are clean and your skin will thank you!


Author: Erin

striving for everyday grace

2 thoughts on “How to Clean your Make-up Brushes”

  1. I used you tips the other day to clean my make-up brushes! It’s embarrassing how dirty they were seeing as I had not really ever cleaned them before. Instead of the dawn dish soap I used Johnson’s baby shampoo because that’s what I had lying around the house (and it smells so good!). Now that my brushes are clean I feel more inclined to actually wear make-up. Thanks!

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    1. Baby shampoo is a great alternative to dish soap and olive oil! I just don’t have it around so I opt for using my resources. 😉 I recently found a suction cup brush-cleaning mat for a dollar in the dollar section of Target and I had a lot of success with it so far.

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