Fans of makeup often wonder what they can use to ‘deep clean’ their makeup brushes. And that is a very good question indeed; after all, makeup brushes accumulate lots of bacteria, oil, sebum, pigments, and powders and these can harbor bacteria in them. When you go without cleaning your makeup brushes for a long time, you are unknowingly inviting acne and pimples as well as a host of skin issues. So let us study some easy ways to clean makeup brushes and sponges using ingredients that are readily available in most of our homes.
1. How to clean makeup brushes with shampoo
Clean your makeup brushes and sponges once every 2-3 weeks using this easy homemade, DIY makeup brush cleaner:
You will need
- 1 ½ cups warm water
- 1-2 tsp shampoo
- Mix the ingredients in a cup and swirl around to mix the shampoo in the water.
- Dip your makeup brush or sponge in the mixture. Leave the brushes/sponges in the solution for about 5 minutes.
- Rinse the brush/sponge under running tap water.
- Squeeze out excess water.
- Reshape the bristles.
- You do not want the water to run in the brush’s barrel. The bristles are held together with glue and water can loosen it. So, keep the brushes inverted to drain out the remaining water.
- Allow the brushes to dry naturally.
As stated before, use this method to wash your makeup brushes and sponges once every two weeks.
2. Clean makeup brushes with baking soda and water
Not cleaning your makeup brushes or makeup sponges is akin to not washing your hands before touching your face. The grime on the brushes can easily cause breakouts and eye styes or chalazia. Baking soda is readily available in most kitchens and it is the easiest and cheapest way to clean makeup brushes. Soda eliminates grime, dissolves the oil, and leaves your brushes and sponges clean and pigment-free.
You will need
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 cup of water
- Mix baking soda with water.
- Dip the brushes and sponges in the solution.
- Leave for 5-10 minutes before rinsing clean.
- Squeeze out the extra water from the sponge/brushes.
- Let them air dry.
- Repeat this process once a fortnight.
Tip: This process also works great to clean hairbrushes and combs.
3. Clean makeup brushes naturally with vinegar
Vinegar is one of the best ways to clean almost everything naturally and that includes cleaning your makeup brushes too.
You will need
- 1-2 tsp white, distilled vinegar
- 1 cup of warm water
- Mix the vinegar and water and give it a stir.
- Dip all makeup brushes and sponges in it. Leave it on for a few minutes.
- Wring out or shake off the excess water from the brushes/sponges. Leave them out to dry in the sun.
- You can also invert the brushes and let them dry indoors under a fan.
4. Use Castile soap and hydrogen peroxide
You can easily clean makeup brushes and sponges naturally with Castile soap and hydrogen peroxide.
- Rinse the brush or sponge with warm water
- Use a generous amount of Castile soap to wash the brush or makeup sponge
- Next, sanitize the brush/sponge by soaking it in 3% hydrogen peroxide for 5 minutes.
- Rinse thoroughly under warm water.
- Squeeze out the excess.
- Allow them to air dry.
5. Toss them in the dishwasher
Not many people know this but makeup brushes and beauty tools can easily be cleaned in the dishwasher. Toss the items in the dishwasher and use a low-heat setting. Do this once a month for squeaky clean brushes and sponges.
6. Use warm water and liquid soap
In case you do not have baking soda, vinegar, Castile soap, or hydrogen peroxide, then simply use any liquid soap to clean the brushes.
- Rinse the brush or sponge underwater.
- Use hand soap or dishwashing liquid soap to clean the brush or sponge.
- Wash off with water.
- Squeeze out the excess water.
- Invert the brush.
- Allow it to air-dry.
7. Clean makeup sponges in the microwave
To clean makeup sponge naturally and easily, simply microwave it for a few seconds.
- Wet the makeup sponge with water.
- Microwave on high for 30-45 seconds.
Repeat this at least once a month to keep your makeup sponge free from germs.
8. Clean makeup sponges with foaming face wash
Dishwashing soap or detergent can sometimes be very harsh for makeup sponges. So use a gentle baby shampoo or a foaming face wash for the job.
- Rinse the sponge under running water.
- Use foaming face wash or cleanser or baby shampoo over the sponge.
- Work up a lather.
- Squeeze and scrub the sponge until the water runs clear.
- Allow it to air dry.
9. Clean makeup brushes with Listerine mouthwash
Listerine mouthwash or any mouthwash containing Triclosan has anti-bacterial and antifungal properties. It is, therefore, a great remedy to clean mildew, mold, germy surfaces, and combs, brushes, and makeup tools.
- Create a solution of Listerine with warm water and baking soda.
- Soak the brushes and combs for at least 30 minutes in this solution.
- Rinse off with warm water.
- Shake off or squeeze out the excess water.
- Let air dry.
Use this method of cleaning makeup brushes at least once or twice a month to prevent bacteria, fungus, and other harmful microbes.
10. Clean your makeup brushes with olive oil
Olive oil is a great way to maintain your brushes and help them retain their shape. For this method, you need antibacterial dishwashing soap and extra virgin olive oil.
- Mix a few teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil with a teaspoon or two of dishwashing soap.
- Swirl the mixture well.
- Drop your brushes in the mixture. You will see all the pigments and colors come off.
- Next, wipe the brush off on your palm a few times. This will remove more of the product and pigment.
- Rinse the brushes with warm water. Drip the brushes upside down.