My 2018 “summer vacation from blogging” is sharing one week of reposts each month… this week is my July repost week.
Today’s repost is an updated version of one I originally shared back in October of 2014. Aside from the fact that I have new makeup brushes now (see below for more information on those) I still use the same cleaning technique 4 years later!
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!
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; however, 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.
UPDATE: I now use different makeup brushes with super short handles — but I still clean them the same way. I shared more about those brushes in this post.
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.
Here’s the “recipe”
- 1/2 gallon hot tap water (approximate)
- 2 T. white distilled vinegar
- 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
Told you it was simple.
Depending on how many brushes you have and how dirty they are, you might need to repeat steps 1 and 2 (with fresh water) a couple more times.
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 of the brush. 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.
UPDATE: One other super simple method that works really well is mixing a few drops of baby shampoo into a gallon of warm water. If your brushes aren’t getting clean with the vinegar, try baby shampoo next!
Do you have any other super simple methods for cleaning makeup brushes or similar items?