How To Clean Your Makeup Brushes

How To Clean Makeup Brushes

Dirty makeup brushes mean a build of product and bacteria that not only can cause breakouts but it effects the way your makeup goes on. Even if you’re cleaning your brushes the recommended amount, which is once a month, cleaning them improperly can not only take up a lot of your time but also still leave you with dirty brushes. 

It’s important to know how to thoroughly clean and take care of you brushes especially if they are good brands because trust me they are not cheap and you’re going to want to keep them as long as you possibly can. 

The wrong Way

They way I’ve been cleaning them is with either dish soap or the brush cleaner you can buy at most stores. Then using my hands I would rub soap into the brushes and rinse them until the water became clear. Now if all you have is dish soap then you gotta do what you gotta do and work with what you have. That method however is going to take much longer to get the brushes clean and it takes a lot more energy. 

The Right Way!

This method is not only faster but cheaper and more effective. Since you don’t have to pay for any special brush cleansers and spend as much time handling the brushes yourself it’s the best way in my opinion. All of the ingrediants you will need you can probably find in your kitchen right now and if not you pick some up at a local grocery store for about $1 each. 

How To Properly Clean Your Brushes

  • Get a cup that you can stand your brushes in face down. 
  • Fill the cup with boiling water just enough to cover the bristles of your brushes about 1 cup should do. You do not want to soak the handles of your brushes as this might damage them. 
  • Mix in 1 tablespoon of dish soap, 1 tablespoon of distilled white vinegar (apple cider vinegar works as well if that’s all you have).
  • Mix up the ingredients.
  • Soak the brushes for 20 minutes. 
  • After 20 minutes rinse all the soap out while making sure you get any clumps of makeup that may be stuck in the middle. 
  • Soak up any excess water with a towel then set them out to dry.

It’s as simple as that! This way you’ll get all the dirt and build up out while killing any bacteria that may have been lurking in the brushes. 


Do you have a different way of cleaning your brushes? So far this is my favorite method but i’d love to hear from you if you know any other ways. 

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