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How to Clean Make-Up Brushes Effectively

Updated on July 20, 2015

Clean Those Dirty Brushes!

Every wonder how much dirt, oil, and make-up is left on the brushes we use to apply make-up to our face? Think about how often we use these tools. Every. Single. Day. I don't know about you but I use make-up because my face is not necessarily blemish and oil free. So that residue and dirt ends up somewhere. Most of it on our brushes. Because of my love for all things Pinterest, I recently found a very inexpensive and easy way to keep those brushes and tools as clean as can be, without having to buy new tools or spending money on one more expensive cleaning product.

The Ingredients

You only need 3 ingredients, and odds are you already own them. (Well, at least one for sure.)


Dish Soap


Measuring Cup

Dawn is my dish soap of choice. I have tried numerous others in my attempt to save money but have found that I end up using more product than if I had purchased Dawn in the first place.

Vinegar is a key ingredient in many cleaning recipes I use. I'll be sharing those at a later date as well.

Dish Soap & Vinegar

The Recipe

Here is the recipe I used:

2/3 cup vinegar

1 tsp dish soap

1 1/3 cup hot water

Mix all three in a measuring cup or bowl of your choice. I used a measuring cup so I only had to clean one bowl.

Next, place your make-up brushes in the cleaning mixture. I swirled them around a bit trying to get them nice and soapy.

Let them sit for 5 minutes.

Next, run them under cold water until the water runs clear. This took me a while with the 2 brushes I use the most - my foundation brush and eye shadow brush.

Last, I laid them on a clean towel to air dry.

Brushes Being Cleaned

Cleaning Mixture AFTER Brushes Were Cleaned

Look at that dirty water! I think it's safe to say this cleaner removed quite a bit of that dirt, oil, and make-up.
Look at that dirty water! I think it's safe to say this cleaner removed quite a bit of that dirt, oil, and make-up.

Clean Brushes Ready to be Used

Make-Up Brush Cleaning Routine

The article I found on Pinterest recommended cleaning your brushes every other week to keep them at their best. Honestly, I probably do this twice a year. I suppose I should do this more often, now that I know how EASY it is.

What Do You Think?

Have you tried this method for cleaning your make-up brushes? Is there another cleaning method you use? I'd love to hear what YOU think.


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