Ways to Clean Your Makeup Brushes & Sponges

If you wear makeup, then you (hopefully) wash your face every day but if you’re cleansing and moisturizing only to follow up with a sticky, dusty powder brush, you’re painting a week’s (or month’s or year’s) worth of dirt, oil, dead skin, hair product residue and grime right back on your face.  Wash those germ infested brushes regularly to avoid problems like persistent irritation, acne, and sparse eyelashes.  How often you wash your brushes and sponges depends on how often you are using them. Once a week is probably the best option for most of us.  However, you could go monthly or even bi-weekly if you don’t use them often.  If you do keep your brushes on your bathroom vanity or counter, I would recommend washing them weekly for sure as they can get blasted with hair products and possibly even nasty germs from your toilet.

I must confess, until recently I did not clean my brushes & sponges as often as I should. I’m lazy! I admit it. Yuck!! When I realized what dirty brushes and sponges were doing to my skin, I decided to find an easy & simple way to clean them.  I turned to Pinterest & found some great ideas and I thought I’d share them with you.

There are many different ways you can clean your makeup brushes & sponges naturally.  Here are just a few ways I’ve found to clean them…

  • Baby soap or dish soap & olive oil ~ Simply dip your brush into this mixture and lather up. Rinse & repeat if necessary.  I found a great tutorial for this here.
  • Vinegar, water & dish soap ~ Mix 1 c. warm water with 1 T. each of vinegar & dish soap. Work wet brush into this mixture and lather up on the palm of your hand.  Rinse & repeat if necessary.  Here’s a link I found.
  • Come Clean brush & sponge shampoo ~ By for the easiest way to clean brushes! Check out this video to see how it works.

After you’ve cleaned your brushes and sponges you want to let them air dry.  Lay your brushes flat or like pictured below.  You don’t want to let them dry standing up because the water can actually loosen the glue that holds the bristles to the brush handle.


Keeping your makeup brushes and sponges clean is super important for the health of your skin.  Make sure you are making time to do this once a week.  Sunday is a great day to do this.  It doesn’t take long and it’s a great way to keep your skin looking and feeling healthy.

Have a clean & happy day!


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