DIY Makeup Brush Cleaner

posted by Andrea | 10/27/2014
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diy makeup brush cleaner

Over the past few years, I’ve shared several DIY cleaning recipes here on my blog (read them all here). However, I’ve neglected to share one of my favorite, super simple DIY cleaners that has saved me a bundle over the years.

My Makeup Brush Cleaner!Β 

Yes, I only have two makeup brushes — but they still need to be cleaned. In fact, I read somewhere that makeup brushes should be cleaned AT LEAST once a month!

I’ll be honest, I only clean mine a few times a year;Β however,Β I’m really not sure why I don’t do it more often because I make my own cleaner for pennies… and the whole cleaning process takes less than 5 minutes total.

If you’ve ever purchased your own makeup brush cleaner (I never have, but I looked up a bunch of prices) you know that one bottle of cleaner can run anywhere from $5.00 to $35.00 — and it won’t last you all that long either. That’s pretty expensive if you ask me.

My cleaner will cost pennies, it’s SO simple to make, and I doubt you’ll ever run out since the only ingredient is vinegar — and I’m guessing most of you have vinegar in the house on a regular basis.

Anyway, here’s the “recipe”

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 gallon hot tap water (approximate)
  • 2 T. white distilled vinegar

DIRECTIONS:

  • In a large bowl or small sink, mix hot water and vinegar
  • Swirl brushes around in the mixture until they come clean
  • Gently squeeze out excess water
  • Reshape brushes and let dry on a clean towel

Done!Β 

Told you it was simple.

Depending on how many brushes you have and how dirty they are, you might need to repeat the steps a couple more times — but with only 2 brushes, this is plenty of water to adequately clean my brushes πŸ™‚

Also, one thing to mention is that it’s best if your brushes are slightly angled away from the handle so excess water doesn’t run back into the handle. I do this by rolling up the end of the towel when I lay my brushes out.

If it’s been a while since you’ve cleaned your makeup brushes, put it on your to-do list for later this week, grab your jug of vinegar, and start swirling!

Your face will thank you.

Do you have any other super simple methods for cleaning makeup brushes or similar items?

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19 comments

  1. Simplify Your Beauty Routine - Creative Home Keeper

    03/30/2015

    […] Sort through your make up and throw away any products that you haven’t worn in a long time. Also take the time to clean your make up brushes. […]

  2. Melanie

    12/14/2014

    I have to suggest to never use a blowdryer on your brushes. Just like with human hair (if you have natural hair brushes) you can damage the hair and with both natural and synthetic brushes loosen the glue in the ferrule of the brushes.

    Some people suggest using 70% alcohol, but I prefer 91% alcohol in a little spray bottle to spray the bristles, and remove the makeup from the brushes after each use. Then I suggest shampoo (hydrating), and I use a touch of Honest Conditioning Detangler to smooth the cuticle. They should be washed about once a week, for individual makeup brushes that aren’t used on other people.

    You don’t need to be quite as fussy with synthetic brushes.

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  3. Jenn S.

    10/28/2014

    I love using vinegar to clean, but I prefer something a little more thorough for my brushes, especially ones that will be used around my eyes. I use a mixture of baby shampoo and Dawn dish liquid – it is gentle enough not to harm the bristles, but gives a deep clean. If I were going to go the vinegar route, I’d probably dilute it less.

    As far as the frequency of cleaning, I do recommend cleaning your brushes a little more frequently. Frequency really depends on how frequently you use them, but if you are using your brushes daily, you should be cleaning them at least once per month, more if you are multi-tasking with these brushes or using a variety of colors. If it is less often than that, you can probably get away with once every two months.

    Just like a dish towel or sponge, brushes and cosmetic tools can harbor bacteria so it is important to keep them clean both for hygienic use and their longevity.

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  4. Jen

    10/27/2014

    Like several other readers, I typically use baby shampoo and water to clean my brushes. While this is relatively cheap and easy, I’m very interested in trying the vinegar and water solution for something even more natural. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. sand

    10/27/2014

    Another great tip… use Johnson’s Baby Shampoo to clean make up brushes. Just add a small squirt to bowl of warm water, and gently shampoo and rinse. Then leave to dry on a towel.

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  6. Victoria @ Creative Home Keeper

    10/27/2014

    I don’t know why I have never thought to use vinegar to clean my make-up brushes, I use it to clean just about everything else in my home! I love how easy and simple this is and probably adds a bit more cleaning power than just the standard running under the water that I usually do πŸ™‚

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    Andrea Reply:

    I know — vinegar literally cleans everything (or so it seems!)

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  7. Liane

    10/27/2014

    I use the shampoo samples that come in the mail or from Sephora. Plug the basin, squirt in the shampoo and then add warm water. My brushes are like yours, Andrea, in construction. Most are Laura Mercier but a couple are MAC and they have that squeezed in ring where they attach. All of them have narural boarshair bristles so I treat them like hair! I also wash my four hairbrushes and I take that little spongy thing out of the hair dryer and wash it also. My brushes dry fast but I often dry them with the hair dryer set on low.

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    Andrea Reply:

    Awesome idea to use up those samples!

    Also, you have a good eye — my brushes are MAC! I’ve just had them SOOOOOO long that the branding has worn off πŸ™‚

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  8. Aa.

    10/27/2014

    I own two brushes too. I wear makeup daily, but oly natural one, so I cover up my skin imperfections and give myself a little bit of colour on my eyes and lips.

    I was cleaning them with my make-up removal (I have a liquid one, like a soap, I don;t know the term in english πŸ™‚ ), I didn’t knew brushes cleaners are so expensive.

    I will try your method too!

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    Andrea Reply:

    yay — hope it works for you!

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  9. Erin

    10/27/2014

    Perfect timing! I was just thinking about finding a ‘recipe’ for this exact thing. Thanks!

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    Andrea Reply:

    yay, glad to help!

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  10. Viv

    10/27/2014

    I use a tiny blob of washing up detergent on each brush. It dissolves the grease from my lipstick and removes the pigment from dark eye-shadow’s from the brushes.

    A tip is to lay your brushes onto Paper Towels instead of hand towels made of cotton when drying, as some brushes release the dye that is in the handles when hot water is applied to them (my Benefit brush set disintegrated on me!). Also if your brushes take a while to dry and you need them a.s.a.p, you can blast them with a hairdryer on a warm setting. I wash mine once a week on a Sunday when I apply my make-up later in the day than usual.

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks for the tip Viv! I have used soap before — but I usually still rinse the brushes in vinegar water as it seems to remove any soap residue that might be left on the brush — just an idea πŸ™‚

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  11. Siobhan

    10/27/2014

    Love using vinegar as a cleaner. I use it for my floors; never thought to use for my make-up brushes. Thanks!

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  12. Suzanne

    10/27/2014

    I just use shampoo!

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  13. Trudy

    10/27/2014

    Mine is about as simple……baby shampoo and water. Wet the brush, add baby shampoo…wash kinda like hair and let dry.

    When I’m going to wash the brush….usually do it in the morning and let it air dry. It’s usually ready for me next morning

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    Andrea Reply:

    yes me too — always in the morning and then they are dry by the next morning!

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