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Easy DIY Makeup Brush Cleaner

Updated on July 8, 2015
Keeping your makeup brushes clean will help them last longer and apply your cosmetics more evenly.
Keeping your makeup brushes clean will help them last longer and apply your cosmetics more evenly. | Source

Whenever I go to the grocery store, I find myself reading labels instead of price tag, picking apart the ingredients to see exactly what will be going into my body whether it’s being ingested or absorbed through my skin.

It is very concerning some of the ingredients that are allowed not only into our food supply, but in our cosmetics and healthcare products.

Call me a hippie, but I call it smart and health conscious.

According to, about 89% of ingredients in cosmetics have not been tested for safety by any publicly recognized institution. If that doesn’t make you feel like a guinea pig, then this probably will: Industrial chemicals do not have to be tested prior to being put onto the market.

Start With Quality Brushes

Make Your Own Cleaners

Although reading through a lengthy list of ingredients can provide some peace of mind before making a purchase, sometimes I go even more to the hippie, tree-huggin’ extreme and make my own products from natural ingredients that I always keep on hand at home.

From household cleaners to personal care products and everything in between. Here’s a few benefits to making homemade, natural products:

  • You know exactly what’s in them.

  • You can pronounce all the ingredients.

  • There is no toxic fumes.

  • They are more gentle.

  • They save you money.

  • They are better for the environment.

  • They are better for you.

Even making products as simple as makeup brush cleaners can help you save some money. First, you need to know the purpose of makeup brush cleaners: To clean, disinfect and condition.


Avoid Using Alcohol to Clean Brushes

Some products on the market designed specifically for the purpose of cleaning makeup brushes do their job and do them well, but often times, they can shorten the life of your brushes.

Alcohol is a common ingredient in makeup brush cleaners. Think about what alcohol does to your skin; it can dry it out very quickly, so it should be no surprise that alcohol can dry out the bristles of your makeup brushes, eventually leading to some bristle damage!

Although there is a lot of different homemade makeup brush cleaners listed online, you should avoid the ones that encourage the use of alcohol because what starts out as a way to save money will end up being much more expensive in the near future.

So, you need a homemade makeup brush cleaner that can clean, disinfect, and condition your brushes without using alcohol. Can you make a homemade makeup brush cleaner that will do all of this? Sure you can! Here is how:


Natural Brush Shampoo

Makeup Brush Cleaner Recipe

You will need three simple ingredients, all of which can be found at your local health foods store!:

  • Vinegar
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • liquid castile soap

The process is easy, too.

First step is to pre-clean the bristles: The pre-clean will help get most of the makeup out of the brush and condition the bristles a bit. Take a clean cloth and pour some of the olive oil onto it. Blot your makeup brush into the oil, taking extra care not to get the root of your bristles; you should try to go no more than halfway up the bristles.

The next step: Mix warm water and a teaspoon of the liquid castile soap in a bowl, but make sure it’s only a centimeter or two deep because, again, you want to avoid getting the root of your brush wet. Use your fingers to gently cleanse the bristles, getting them wet and wringing them out, repeating this a few times until clean.

The final step: Once you are sure that your brush is free of makeup, dip it into vinegar and wring it out, rinse very well with hot water, shape the brush back to the desired shape, then lay it flat to dry.

It’s that easy! Not to mention cost-effective and all-natural! With a recipe and process this easy, you can say goodbye to dirty makeup brushes for good, and save money in the long run by prolonging the life of your brushes. Your skin and your bank account will thank you!

How To Deep Clean, Disinfect & Condition Your Makeup Brushes


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