How often do you get around to cleaning your makeup brushes? I like to clean mine every 1-2 weeks nowadays since I’ve learned how gross it really is to let them go for very long! Skip those expensive chemical-filled cleaning solutions and try this non-toxic recipe I like to use!
DIY Makeup Brush Cleaner & Disinfectant
What you’ll need:
- Dirty makeup brushes
- Olive oil
- Liquid Castile soap (I like Dr. Bronner’s)
- White vinegar
- 3 Small bowls/jars
- Essential oils (I used doTERRA’s Melaleuca & Lemon)
First, get everything ready. I used shallow glass bowls/jars so that I wouldn’t get the base where the hairs are connected TOO wet. In the first jar (on the left) I combined white vinegar with 2 drops of lemon essential oil + 2 drops melaleuca (also known as tea tree oil). I used these two because of their useful properties:
In the second small glass bowl (middle) I just poured a small amount of olive oil. In the last jar (on the right) I combined a small amount of the unscented Dr. Bronner’s liquid Castile soap with water and 2 drops of lemon essential oil.
Now take your brush and dip it into the olive oil. Using the washcloth, wipe as much of the surface residue off as you can. I just used downward swipes as to not mess up the hairs too much!
As you can see lots of makeup came off in this first step but we still have to finish cleaning and sanitizing so that it’s safe to use on your beautiful face!
When you’ve finished wiping off the initial grime gently swirl and wash your brush in the jar with the Castile soap + essential oil solution.
See how much makeup was still on that brush?!?!
Next, dip your brush into the white vinegar + essential oil solution. Twirl it around and let it soak some. Finish by rinsing your brush under cool clean water from the faucet.
Lay your brushes over an edge (never upright!) and form back into their proper shape. Let them air dry over night. Easy as that!!