How To Clean Make Up Brushes

Cleaning your makeup brushes is a very important step in a beauty regimen. You should clean your brushes at least once every two weeks. This will not only keep your brushes clean but remove dirt, dead skin, bacteria, and oil; which can all lead to break outs.


You can buy makeup brush cleaners at Sephora or Ulta but, I prefer to use household products. It’s a lot cheaper and convenient.

Materials you’ll need:

  • 1 Plate
  • Antibacterial soap
  • Olive Oil
  • Paper towel
  • Dish towel



Step 1: Add one part antibacterial dish soap and one part of the extra-virgin olive oil on a clean plate (don’t use paper plate, as the oil will seep through).

Step 2: Grab your first brush and wet it slightly with lukewarm water.

**Make sure the brush stays bristle-side down throughout the entire process. If water gets into the ferrule (the middle tube part that holds everything together) of the brush, it can loosen the glue, causing the bristles to fall out.**

Step 3: Dip the damp brush into the olive oil and antibacterial soap; coat it thoroughly. Next, work the mixture into the bristles using the palm of your hand and fingers. Continue until the soap is makeup free.


Step 4: Rinse the brushes under lukewarm water until no soap runs from the bristles.

Step 5: Wipe each with a paper towel and lay flat on a dish towel.


Repeat with remaining brushes. Some may take two washings to get completely clean, depending on the amount of residue left behind. Allow them to dry overnight.

Hope this was helpful!

Do you have any household products in your beauty regimen? 

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5 Comment

  1. Reply
    Pretesa Hunt
    January 13, 2016 at 10:30 pm

    Good tip on cleaning the brushes. I should probably do a better job in cleaning my brushes. I will also use the tip of household product as to the more expensive ones.

  2. Reply
    Lloydchell Ransom
    January 16, 2016 at 12:07 am

    Thank you Ambra! I use baby shampoo. I’m going to add olive oil. Great tip on keep the bristle flat to keep water from going into tube.

    1. Reply
      Ambra Simone
      January 24, 2016 at 4:45 pm

      I’ll have to try the baby shampoo, I’ve heard it works great too

  3. Reply
    Zera Gathing-Brown
    January 24, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    I use the same method, but if I haven’t washed them in a while (which happens often) I add a little alcohol to the mixture for added bacteria protection.

    1. Reply
      Ambra Simone
      January 24, 2016 at 4:42 pm

      I’ll have to try adding alcohol the next time

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