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DIY Makeup Brush Cleaner

How many of you regularly clean your makeup brushes? Anybody? If you are like me it is always something you “need to get to” but something else jumps up in it’s place. Well let me be the first to tell you that it can come with some serious consequences. For someone who was plagued with skin issues, I never connected the dots on the amount of germs that could accumulate in even one makeup brush not to mention the 15 I use daily. Sure, I knew it was gross not to clean them. But since the brush itself didn’t look bad I figured what’s the harm. I’ll do it after Grey’s Anatomy…or tomorrow…or next year!!


Save your skin with this DIY Makeup Brush Cleaner! All natural, good for you ingredients keep your brushes free from bacteria and your skin looking great!

The Dangers Of Dirty Brushes

If you religiously clean your makeup brushes feel free to skip ahead to the recipe. Big claps for you! If you are like me though and need a little (ok BIG) push in the right direction then these next few facts are for you.

  • Makeup brushes pick up dirt, oil, bacteria, dead skin, and dust every time you use them.
  • The oils from your face provide a moist breeding ground for these bacteria which grow into huge colonies that are reapplied to your face daily.
  • Dirty brushes can cause rashes and breakouts from the extra bacteria they are dumping on your skin.
  • What’s even worse is that the dirt in your brushes/sponges is a calling card to the little tiny bugs you may have in your home. They love to live in bacteria!
  • Oh and if you share your brushes with your friends…things just got real! You are going to be picking up some of their bacteria and if all goes well you could end up with a case of pink eye or herpes.

Read On Friends…

Makeup Brush Cleaner Essentials

You all know I am a HUGE advocate for knowing what’s in your products. The best way to do that is through research and DIY. That’s why I love this cleaner so much. The castile soap, distilled water, and witch hazel do an excellent job of removing all of that nasty bacteria. Perfectly disinfected…big sigh of relief! And the almond oil plus essential oils nourish your makeup brushes keeping them soft and protected for long lasting use.

A couple of tips from me to you. For the sake of the video, I rinsed my brushes in a second bowl but typically I rinse them under running water in the sink. I feel like this really gets them clean. Also, let them soak for a good 10 minutes to loosen any caked on junk. And finally, after rinsing, gently squeeze the extra water out with your fingers reshaping the brush as you go. Let them dry elevated on a towel. For me, this takes over night but it depends on the type of brushes you own. To make it easy, you can purchase the ingredients I use from Amazon at the bottom of this post or in my shop!

Clean Makeup Brush Queen

Hopefully, you will enjoy making this DIY Makeup Brush Cleaner so much that you will start cleaning your makeup brushes everyday! Who are we kidding…but let’s at least try for twice a week. I think I can handle that now that there is a DIY involved, right! Cheers to clean makeup brushes and clean skin.

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DIY Makeup Brush Cleaner

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  • 1 cup Distilled Water
  • 1/3 cup Castile Soap
  • 3 TBSP Witch Hazel
  • 1 tsp Sweet almond oil
  • 2 drops Cedarwood Essential Oil
  • 2 drops Lavender Essential Oil
  • 1 drop Tea Tree Essential Oil


  1. Mix all ingredients in a glass or stainless steel bowl.
  2. Add brushes and let soak for 10 minutes
  3. Remove brushes and rinse well in warm water
  4. Let dry slightly elevated

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