Did you know that 25% of people never clean their makeup brushes?! ? (I used to be one of them…) And 65% of people wash them less than once a month! It might seem like another chore to add to your list, but I’ll teach you how to clean your brushes quickly, effectively, and cheaply! Your skin will thank you ?
If you’re using your brushes every day, think of all the bacteria that builds up on there. You wash towels, clothes, etc. frequently, so why not wash your makeup brushes too? Bacteria is the leading cause of breakouts and skin reactions, so cleaning your brushes often is a must.
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What You’ll Need
First of all, there are two items you should purchase:
- Castile Soap. I looooooove Dr. Bronner’s Castile soaps. They are organic and fair-trade, and come in many different varieties. You can buy them all over the place: Amazon, Target, Whole Foods, etc. and the travel sizes are only $2! You only need a tiny drop each time, so these last forever. The one pictured above is Hemp Almond, made from: organic coconut oil, palm kernel oil, olive oil, hemp oil, and jojoba oil. These ingredients remove dead skin cells, germs, dirt, and makeup residue. A much better option than most brush sprays or shampoos that can be around $20 and contain nasty ingredients.
- Scrubber. Optional, but super helpful! I have this one from Amazon ($1.09 – so cheap!). I like this one because it has two different sized sections for different sized brushes. So you can clean anything from a tiny eye shadow brush to a giant kabuki brush.
How to Clean Your Brushes
- Put a few drops of castile soap on your scrubber.
- Wet your brush with warm water.
- Scrub (not too rough, but not too gentle) your brush over the scrubber with warm water running over it. Add more soap as necessary to get a nice lather. Keep going until there is no more soap or suds coming off.
- Dry your brush gently with a clean, dry towel and store in a clean place. It helps to keep them facing down so the water can escape (less chance of more bacterial growth) but also it helps keep the glue intact. Helping to extend the life of your brushes!
- Do this at least 2x per month to keep your brushes clean!
That’s it! Super easy, quick, and cheap. To see some of my favorite makeup brushes, click here!
Stats from Dr. Bronner’s.