Replacing disposable or one-time use makeup applicators with reusable makeup brushes is the green thing to do but you have to clean them regularly to keep them sanitary. Reusable makeup brushes collect dirt, oil and dead skin from your face and that can turn them into a breeding ground for bacteria. So let’s talk about how you can easily clean makeup brushes naturally.
Before you begin, collect everything you need.
- all your dirty makeup brushes
- brush guards
- 3 cups
- a plate
- clean towel (optional)
- extra virgin olive oil
- castile soap (or any mild soap)
- warm water
- white vinegar
Now your ready to start cleaning your brushes. Throughout the cleaning process remember to be gentle with your brushes. Don’t press the bristles too hard, splay the bristles or tug at the bristles. Also keep in mind that you are only cleaning the bristles, you don’t want to dip the shaft of the brush into the water or vinegar since it may ruin the the glue that keeps the bristles on the brush.
- In one of the cups mix warm water and castile soap to make a bath for your brushes.
- Fill another cup with enough vinegar to dip the bristles of your longest brush.
- Pour a small puddle of extra virgin olive oil on a plate.
- Dip a dirty makeup brush in the olive oil and run it back and forth across the plate until it stops leaving dirty streaks. This step helps clean the brush, but it’s also important if you have natural bristle brushes because the oil conditions the bristles to keep them soft.
- Next, dip the brush in the soapy water.
- Remove the brush from the soapy water and gentle swirl it in the palm of your hand.
- Repeat steps 5 and 6 until the brush is clean.
- Gently squeeze the bristles to remove excess water.
- Dip the bristles in white vinegar to sanitize them, then rinse them under a faucet with warm water.
- If you want to clean the handle of the brush, wipe it with a moist, clean towel.
- Place the brush in a brush guard, leaving about an inch of the guard past the bristles. Always pull the brush through the brush guard by the handle to keep from bending the bristles.
- Stand the brush on the brush guard, bristles down, in a cup to dry. It’s obvious you wouldn’t want to dry your brush by standing it on the bristles alone because that would ruin them, but most people don’t realize that standing it on it’s handle to dry will cause the water to seep into the shaft of the brush, thus loosening the glue that hold the bristles on. Additionally, the water could cause wood handles to swell and split.
I know it looks like a lot of steps, but it probably took you longer to read this post than it will to clean your brushes, so get to it and let us know how it works out!
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