Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Homemade Make-up Brush Cleaner {In My Kitchen}

Whether you have spent a little or alot of money on your make-up brushes
it is SO important to keep them clean!

Make-up and bacteria build up on the bristles and that can be bad for your skin....so a once a month cleaning is a great idea!

I am just not willing to spend $10 - $15 on make-up brush cleaner when making my own is so easy and economical!

Here's how you make it!

1 cup water

1/4 cup rubbing alcohol

1/2 Tablespoon Liquid Dish washing soap
(I used Method...a grease fighting formula helps to break down the make-up)

1/2 Tablespoon Mild Shampoo
(I used baby shampoo)

1 Tablespoon leave in conditioner - this makes your bristles so soft!
(I used Lucy's No More Tangles :)

Mix all ingredients together gently so you don't create too many bubbles
Pour into a small squeeze bottle to store

To clean your brushes:

Pour some of your cleaner into a dish
Dip your brush and gently tap and swish...do not mash it around or you will damage your bristles
Wipe your brush back and forth on a clean OLD towel to remove makeup

(depending on how dirty your brushes are you might have to repeat this step several times, changing out your dirty cleaner)

For larger brushes (powder and bronzer) I find it works better if you put some of your cleaner in a spray bottle and spray the bristles...if you dip these brushes in a bowl of cleaner they just suck it right up!

I ended up making 2 batches of this cleaner to clean about a dozen brushes...my foundation, blush and bronzer brushes used up alot of cleaner

When all the makeup has been removed from your brushes lay them FLAT on a clean towel to dry
(don't store them upright when they are wet, you do not want water to seep down into the shaft of your brush)

If you haven't cleaned your brushes in awhile, I think you will be pleasantly surprised how soft the bristles are!


  1. Good advice! I need to do this. Bet this solution works on paint brushes too. I usually just use dish soap. I think the extra care would probably make them live longer. Thanks Dawn!

    1. Dianne...I bet it would work on your paintbrushes!

  2. Thank you for this , Dawn! I usually just use facial cleanser but this makes more sense and I'll try it this weekend. xoox

  3. Just made it! cant wait to clean my brushes, they really need it. I had my boyfriends teen-aged daughters over and they use every single brush in everything! Thanks :))

    1. so glad you tried it! i really love this mixture, BUT if you are ever in a pinch...like when Lucy puts my blush brush in my bronzer :) baby shampoo works well to!