How to DIY makeup brush cleaner
It’s often said that the way how to clean makeup brushes is with baby shampoos or professional solutions.
However, there is always a homemade alternative. You may have already heard of baking soda being an unsuspecting beauty ingredient, creeping its way into teeth-brushing routines. That’s right, baking soda can also multi-function as a DIY makeup brush cleaner. Simply add two tablespoons to a cup of warm water and you have your own, homemade solution.
Another thorough DIY makeup brush cleaner is the combination of olive oil and dish soap. A few drops of olive oil will loosen the makeup from the bristles while the dish soap actually cleans the brush. Dish soap on its own is drying, so the olive oil helps to condition the bristles and keep them soft. Simply combine 1 part olive oil and 2 parts dish soap in a dish.
You can also add a detoxifying hair shampoo into your brush cleaning routine every few months. This type of shampoo is designed to remove a build up off product off the hair, so you can be sure it works well for the bristles of your makeup brushes too.
How to clean your makeup brushes step-by-step
To clean your makeup brushes using a DIY makeup brush cleaner, the olive oil and dish soap formula combined with warm water is the best option. This combination will lift the residue and build up from the bristles and rinse it off the brush. Here’s a step-by-step on how to disinfect your makeup brushes:
- One by one, run the brush under the tap with the bristles facing down. Be careful when rinsing the bristles so that no water creeps into the handle of the brush. This can damage the glue that holds the bristles in.
- Swirl the brush gently in the soap and olive oil mixture, separating the bristles with your fingers so all areas are covered.
- Rub the brush back and forth on the back of your hand to get out any makeup that’s stuck in the bristles.
- Place the brushes back under the tap and rinse thoroughly until the water runs clear through the brush.
How to dry makeup brushes after washing them
Now that you know how to give your makeup brushes a deep clean, it’s time to learn how to dry them.
Gently press on the bristles with your fingers to release excess water. Lay the brushes down on a paper towel with the bristles facing down and the handles slightly elevated. This will allow the water to drain properly rather than getting trapped in the brush and the elevated handle helps the make-up brush to dry out more evenly. You can also put the brushes on a table with the bristles hanging over the side. This allows for air to circulate around the brush and helps them dry consistently and quickly.
As previously mentioned, bacteria thrive in warm, damp conditions. Make sure to store the brushes in their own cool, dry place such as a cannister and keep them clear of the bathroom.